Applications for Fulbright-Nehru Masters Fellowships are handled online via the Institute of International Education (IIE). You’ll need to create an account with IIE and submit a series of supporting documents. These include:
- CV (no more than four pages long)
- Academic transcripts
- English language test results
- Graduate entry test results
- Three letters of reference
- Proof of your professional experience
- A copy of your passport
- An endorsement from your employer (if you’re planning to leave your job in order to take part in the Fulbright-Nehru programme, this isn’t necessary)
In addition, you’ll complete a study plan comprising of three parts:
You’ll also need to complete a set of extra questions through a form known as the FNMasters Applicant Annexure – more information on that below.
Note that you don’t need to have received a letter of acceptance from an American university when you apply for a Fulbright-Nehru Scholarship.
Instead, you’ll indicate during your application what your preferred universities and Masters programmes in the USA are.
If your Fulbright-Nehru Scholarship application is successful, IIE and Fulbright will apply to four different universities on your behalf, considering those preferences and your skillset.
Study and research objectives
One of the most important elements of your application will be the part of the study plan that covers your study and research objectives.
This is where you’ll explain the motivations behind your choice of Masters, what you hope to achieve during your studies and how this particular project is relevant to India or the USA. You should also talk about how this programme will help you meet your career ambitions when you return to India.
This portion of your study plan should be around 50 lines long. It’s best to upload it as a PDF to avoid any potential formatting issues.
Another important part of your study plan is the personal statement. This is your chance to talk about your academic and professional background, and how you’ve got to where you are today. Try not to simply list a series of facts – weave your biographical information together into a compelling narrative.
The personal statement is also an opportunity to mention extra-curricular interests and activities (if relevant to your study programme), as well as your professional background.
Like the study and research objectives, this should be around 50 lines long and be uploaded as a PDF.
FNMasters Applicant Annexure
As part of your application for a Fulbright-Nehru Masters Fellowship you’ll also need to complete a supplementary form known as the FNMasters Applicant Annexure (PDF).
This form involves answering a series of questions on your personal background and motivations. These include your thoughts on improving mutual understanding between India and the USA, as well as providing examples of your leadership potential.
Deadline for the Fulbright-Nehru Masters Scholarship
The deadline for applying to a Fulbright-Nehru Masters Scholarship is usually between May and June, for programmes beginning the following year. For the 2023-24 scholarship, the deadline is 16 May 2022.