Study Abroad: Graduate Chemistry Exchanges, Scholarships, and Fellowships 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: Application deadline is typically in October of each year.


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: Application deadline is generally in October of each year. 


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 the website for the latest information on this award.


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: The preliminary deadline is generally in June of each year. 


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: Luce Scholars applications are generally due in November of each year.