Programs in India: Post-doctoral

This program encourages several categories of students to visit India - recent B.S. / B.A. graduates, master's and doctoral candidates, and young professionals and artists - for personal development and international experience. All disciplines will be considered, but priority will be given to scholars from the sciences. (See website for a complete list of priority fields.) Duration of program is nine months. Candidates at all degree levels, developing professionals and artists are eligible. 

Agencies Involved: The Fulbright Institute, United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and the U.S.-India Educational Foundation (the Fulbright Commission in India) 

Key Dates: Application deadline October 14, 2014.


The Fulbright-Nehru Post-Doctoral Fellowships aim to provide U.S. junior faculty members the opportunity to carry out a combination of teaching and research at an Indian institution. All disciplines will be considered, but priority will be given to scholars from the sciences. (See website for a complete list of priority fields.)  Program runs for twelve months. For research, basic knowledge of a local language in the location of research can be an advantage. For teaching, all instruction is in English. Open to academics only; open to early career applicants (within five years of terminal degree). PhD (or equivalent terminal degree such as MFA, JD, or MD) required.

Agencies Involved: The Fulbright Institute, United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and the U.S.-India Educational Foundation (the Fulbright Commission in India) 

Key Dates: Application deadline is August 1, 2014.


The Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowships aim to provide U.S. faculty, researchers, and professionals the opportunity to teach, conduct research, or carry out a combination of teaching and research at an Indian institution. All disciplines will be considered, but priority will be given to scholars from the sciences. (See website for a complete list of priority fields.) These fellowships are for four to nine months.

Agencies Involved: The Fulbright Institute, United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and the U.S.-India Educational Foundation (the Fulbright Commission in India)

Key Dates: Application deadline is August 1, 2014.


Scholarship for post-graduate study or research, designed to promote the exchange of scholars between India and other countries, to foster better international understanding, and to promote studies on Indian culture and other areas. Open to women who are first class graduates of recognized universities and who qualify for study or research work at the post-graduate level in Delhi, India, in the humanities or social sciences with special reference to India.

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

Key Dates: Application deadline is December 31, 2014.


Open to women with post-graduate degrees and proof of ability to carry out research in Bombay, India. Recipient is provided free accommodation and partially free board in the Women Graduates Union’s hostel for working women. In addition a small cash stipend is provided. The award does not cover travel or any other incidental expenses.

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

Key Dates: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


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: Application deadline June 12, 2014


The Intermediate Fellowship provides the opportunity for post-doctoral researchers to perform independent research at academic institutions in India for 5-year periods. Candidates must have between 4-7 years of post-doctoral research experience, and must have been published.

Agencies Involved: Wellcome Trust DBT India Alliance

Key Dates: Preliminary application deadline is August 14, 2014 for May 2015 Competition


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, among other engagements. Placements are made exclusively in Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. 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: Each nominating institution has an internal application deadline, typically sometime in October, as well as procedures for internal candidate review. Please contact a Luce Scholars campus liaison for possible institutional endorsement.