The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and aimed at increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by late Senator J. William Fulbright, of Arkansas. The United States –India Educational Foundation (USIEF) administers the Fulbright Program in India.
The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 new grants annually, through a meticulous process that takes into consideration participants’ academic excellence and leadership capabilities. India is one of over 155 countries participating in the Fulbright Program and India’s program is one of the largest with more than 350 fellowships granted annually. For more details about any of the fellowship programs listed here, visit USIEF’s or ECA’s Fulbright sections.
Fulbright Fellowships include a wide range of exchange opportunities to Indian citizens in three main categories: Student Awards to pursue a Master’s degrees or attend a U.S. university, Scholar and Teacher Awards for academics, teachers and professionals to teach or conduct research in the U.S., and Professional Development Programs for leadership and skill development. In addition to providing opportunities for personal, academic and professional growth, Fulbright-Nehru and other exchanges promote mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and India.