The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government aimed at increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Program, sponsored by the United States Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), was established in 1946 under a legislation introduced by late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 new grants annually, through a meticulous process, taking into consideration the participants’ academic excellence and their leadership capabilities. Participants of this prestigious fellowship are provided with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. To know more about the Fulbright Program network in over 155 countries, visit http://fulbright.state.gov/
Fulbright Fellowship for Indian citizens
In India, the Fulbright program is managed by the United States-India Educational Foundation(USIEF), which has awarded over 4,550 Fulbright grants to Indians in almost every field of academic endeavor since its inception in 1950. USIEF's grants are for leadership development in three main sectors: research; lecturing to promote mutual understanding in area studies as well as in areas of contemporary relevance to the U.S. and India; and professional training in newly emerging areas of importance to India such as environmental sciences and agriculture. In addition, USIEF has also administered approximately 8,800 fellowships funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the East-West Center and other entities.
On July 4, 2008, United States Ambassador David C. Mulford and Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon signed a historic new Fulbright agreement, making them equal partners and thereby strengthening educational exchanges between India and the United States.
USIEF offers approximately 85 Fulbright-Nehru fellowships for Indians. The fellowships, offered in all disciplines, are open to Indian students, academics, teachers and professionals. USIEF is now receiving applications for the Fulbright-Nehru and other Fulbright fellowships for Indian citizens for the academic year 2010-2011. For more details log on to www.usief.org.in