The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) announces the opening of its annual competition for Fulbright-Nehru and other Fulbright fellowship opportunities for study, research, teaching and professional development in the United States.

Dr. Venkatesh Dutta, a Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Fellow in 2011 said: “It has been an honor and an invaluable experience being a Fulbright Scholar in the U.S. The overall experience was excellent; I would say the insights and learning were a turning point in my thinking about climate policy, in both regional and global contexts. The Fulbright experience provided unparalleled opportunities for exploring both academic and non-academic pursuits. I was exposed to facts and information about my own culture, preconceptions, mentalities and worldviews that I may otherwise not have contemplated.”

From Bhimrao Ambedkar University in Lucknow, Dr. Dutta was at the University of Maryland, College Park, during his Fulbright-Nehru tenure.

Outstanding Indian students, academics, teachers, policy planners, administrators, and professionals in all disciplines are encouraged to apply. The India-U.S. bilateral Fulbright agreement has resulted in a significant increase in the number of scholarships awarded each year — USIEF expects to offer approximately 100 Fulbright-Nehru fellowships for Indians in 2014. Fellowship details are posted on the USIEF website

Application deadlines begin July 1, 2013. For more information, applicants may contact the USIEF offices in New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, or Mumbai.

Fulbright-Nehru and other fellowships have, over the years, helped bring the people of India and the United States closer through educational exchanges. USIEF has administered over 18,000 grants for Indian and U.S. citizens. USIEF alumni have demonstrated strong leadership in all walks of life, including agriculture, arts, business, education, environment, humanities and social sciences, media, public health, and science and technology.

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