Fulbright Nehru Master’s Fellowship

About the Scholarship

The Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships are intended for exceptional Indians to pursue a master’s degree programme at select U.S. colleges and universities in the fields of Economics, Environmental Science/Studies, Higher Education Administration, International Affairs, International Legal Studies, Journalism and Mass Communication, Public Administration, Public Health, Urban and Regional Planning, and Tourism.

These fellowships are for highly driven people who exhibit leadership skills, have earned the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in the United States, have at least three years of professional job experience, and are determined to return to their communities and give back.

The fellowships last for a year or two.


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The fellowship will provide J-1 visa support

Round-trip economy class air travel from fellow’s home city to the host institution in the U.S.

Funding for tuition and fees, living and related costs, and accident and sickness coverage per U.S. Government guidelines.

The Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships provide no financial support for dependents.


Must have completed an equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a recognized Indian university with at least 55% marks.

Applicants must either possess a four-year bachelor’s degree or a completed master’s degree; or a full-time postgraduate diploma from a recognized Indian institution, if the bachelor’s degree is of less than four years’ duration

Must have at least three years’ full-time (paid) professional work experience relevant to the proposed field of study by the application deadline

Should demonstrate experience in leadership and community service

Must not have another degree from a U.S. university or be enrolled in a U.S. degree program

If employed, should follow the instructions carefully regarding employer’s endorsement.

If applicable, obtain the endorsement from the appropriate administrative authority on the FNMasters Employer’s Endorsement Form.

The employer must indicate that leave will be granted for the fellowship period.

The applicant can download the FNMasters Employer’s Endorsement Form from the USIEF website.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted online

Please carefully review the FNMasters’ Applicant Instruction before starting your online application

Please refer to FNMasters’ Applicant Checklist before submitting the application

Applicant must complete and upload, FNMasters’ Annexure and FNMasters’ Endorsement Form (if applicable)


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