2025 – 2026 Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

The United States – India Educational Foundation (USIEF)


These fellowships are designed for Indian faculty and researchers who are in the early stages of their research careers in India. The Postdoctoral Research Fellowships will provide opportunities to talented faculty and researchers to strengthen their research capacities. Postdoctoral fellows will have access to some of the finest resources in their areas of interest and will help build long-term collaborative relationships.

The applicant will be affiliated to one U.S. host institution for their grant. USIEF strongly recommends all applicants to indicate affiliation preference and to correspond, in advance, with potential host institution. The letter of invitation should indicate the duration of visit, preferably with dates. If the applicant has secured a letter of invitation from a U.S. institution, it should be included as a part of the online application./p>

These fellowships provide J‑1 visa support, a monthly stipend, Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges per U.S. Government guidelines, round-trip economy class air travel, a modest settling-in allowance, and a professional allowance. Subject to availability of funds, a dependent allowance and international travel may be provided for one accompanying eligible dependent provided the dependent is with the grantee in the U.S. for at least 80 per cent of the grant period.


  • The applicant must have a Ph.D. or a D.M. degree within the past four years. They must have obtained Ph.D. degree between July 15, 2020 and July 14, 2024. The applicant is required to upload their Ph.D. or D.M. degree certificate/​provisional on the online application;
  • The applicant must have a publication in a reputed journal. They must upload a recent significant publication (copy of paper/​article) on the online application (not exceeding 30 pages): and
  • If applicant is employed, please follow the instructions carefully regarding employer’s endorsement. If applicable, obtain the endorsement from the appropriate administrative authority on the FNPostdoc Letter of Support from Home Institution. The employer must indicate that leave will be granted for the fellowship period. Candidates working under government-funded projects are also required to get endorsement from their affiliating institutions in India.

To Apply

  1. Applications must be submitted online at: https://​apply​.iie​.org/​f​v​s​p2025
  2. Please carefully review the FNPostdoc Applicant Instructions before starting your online application
  3. Please refer to FNPostdoc Applicant Checklist before submitting the application
  4. In addition, you must complete and upload the FNPostdoc Applicant Annexure and FNPostdoc Letter of Support from Home Institution on your online application (if applicable).

Application Deadline: July 15, 2024, 23:59:59 hrs (IST)

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