Study Abroad: Graduate Chemistry Exchanges, Scholarships, and Fellowships India

Graduate Student Exchange Programs in India

The Fulbright-Nehru Environmental Leadership Program supports senior researchers who travel to India to lead a group in scientific research relating to the environmental sciences. Programs run for 4-9 months. Candidates must possess a Master’s degree or higher and have at least 5 years of professional experience.

Agencies Involved: The Fulbright Institute, The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF)

Key Dates: Check website for updated information


The Fulbright Nehru English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Program provides researchers the opportunity to teach English as a Second Language in India while performing research projects at local institutions. Programs run for 9 months. Candidates will teach for 20-25 hours per week, and carry out projects in time spent outside of the classroom. Candidates must participate in pre-program orientation running 3 weeks prior to start of ETA.

Agencies Involved: The Fulbright Institute, The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF)

Key Dates: Check website for updated information


The Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA) is an attachment to the U.S. Student Fulbright Program. CLEA supports students for 3-6 months of study abroad to enhance their Fulbright grants. Candidates must be awardees of a U.S. Student Fulbright Program grant which requires the use of the language in training provided by the CLEA.

Agencies Involved: The Fulbright Institute, US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Key Dates: Check website for updated information


The Fulbright-Nehru Student Research program invites students looking to enrich professional experience to carry out projects for 9-month periods in India. Candidates must be able to speak Hindi or Urdu, or else complete a one-year language training course prior to entering the program.

Agencies Involved: The Fulbright Institute, The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF)

Key Dates: Check website for updated information


The Study Astronomy/Astrophysics in India program is a summer exchange opportunity aiming to increase cultural understanding among scientists in the astronomy/astrophysics field. The program runs for 8 weeks between June-August. Candidates must be registered in good academic standing in an astronomy/astrophysics program at a U.S. institution.

Agencies Involved: National Science Foundation's (NSF) Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE), National Solar Observatory (NSO) / Global Oscillation Network Group (GONG), Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA)

Key Dates: Check website for updated information


The Early Career fellowship provides the opportunity for graduate and postdoctoral biomedical researchers to carry out projects in India for 4-year periods. Candidates must be in the final year of PhD studies or have no more than 4 years of postdoctoral research experience at the time of application submission.

Agencies Involved: Wellcome Trust DBT India Alliance

Key Dates: Check website for updated information.


The Luce Scholars Program provides 15-18 individuals each year with the ability to learn more about Asia by traveling and training in Asian languages. Placements are made exclusively in Luce countries. Candidates must be US citizens with Bachelor’s degree, and must not have reached their 30th birthday by the July 1 of the year they apply for the program. Applications for the program must be endorsed by The Henry Luce Foundation. Direct applications not accepted.

Agencies Involved: The Henry Luce Foundation, The Asia Foundation

Key Dates: Program year begins with orientation in late June, then proceeds with language study in July and August. Placements start that September and run through July of the following year.


Scholarships for Graduate Students

The Amy Rustomjee International Scholarship is awarded to one female researcher annually in order to provide her the opportunity to pursue advanced research in Bombay, India.

Agencies Involved: Indian Federation of University Women’s Associations, Women Graduates Union

Key Dates: No deadline


The Sarojini Naidu Memorial Scholarship is awarded to one female researcher per year in order to provide her the opportunity to perform post-graduate study or research in India. Candidates must be first-class graduates of recognized universities.

Agencies Involved: Indian Federation of University Women’s Associations, University Women’s Association of Delhi

Key Dates: Check website for updated information