International Fulbright Science and Technology Award for Outstanding
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The United States-India
Educational Foundation (USIEF) invites applications from interested
Indian applicants for the International Fulbright Science and
Technology Award for outstanding foreign students. This award
is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and is designed to be the
most prestigious international scholarship in science and technology.
The International Fulbright Science and Technology Award reaffirms
America's pre-eminence and competitiveness in the fields of science,
technology, and engineering, as the U.S. remains the most attractive
destination for serious scientific and technological research and study.
Fulbright Science and Technology Award is for PhD study at top U.S.
institutions in science, technology, or engineering beginning
August/September 2011. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural
Affairs of the U.S. Department of State will fund grants for up to three
years under this program. After three years, U.S. universities will
cover the remaining expenses toward completion of a PhD. Academic
placement (university admission and other formalities) of the selected
scholars will be handled by the Institute of International Education (IIE).
Fellows will travel to the U.S. on J-1 visas and will be subject to
In the fifth year of this
program, approximately 45 awards will be offered worldwide for
candidates who demonstrate unique aptitude and innovation in scientific
fields. Two principal nominees from India will compete with candidates
from all over the world for this fellowship. Application
deadline: May 1, 2010.
The fellowship will
provide the following benefits:
Tuition and fees for up to three
A monthly stipend for up to three
Book and equipment, and
professional conference allowances;
J-1 visa sponsorship for up to five
Round-trip airfare from fellow's
home city to the host institution in the United States;
Health and accident coverage as per
U.S. Government guidelines;
and Specially tailored enrichment
After three years, U.S.
universities have agreed to cover the remaining expenses toward
completion of a Ph.D.
Fulbright Science and Technology Fellowship program provides no
additional funding to support dependents.
The applicant should:
be a responsible Indian citizen who
can contribute to a full and fair picture of the culture and
civilization of India, and thereby help to promote understanding
and friendship between the peoples of the United States and
have a high level of
be proficient in English with a
recent TOEFL score (or equivalent, like IELTS), of 580 or
higher. Candidates who do not have valid TOEFL scores at the
time of application but are selected as nominees, will be
required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL);
be present in India at the time of
submitting the application and for the interview, if required;
be eligible for leave, if employed;
be in good health;
not be applying for or holding
permanent residence (green card) in the United States;
hold a valid Indian passport no
later than May 1, 2010;
Have completed an equivalent of a
U.S. bachelor's degree from a recognized Indian university with
at least 60% marks. Applicants should either possess a four-year
bachelor's degree or a completed master's degree, if the
bachelor's degree is of less than four years duration, before
Eligible Fields of
Eligible fields include
Aeronautics and Astronomics/Aeronautical Engineering, Agriculture
(theoretical or research-based focus only), Astronomy/Planetary
Sciences, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer
Sciences/Engineering, Energy, Engineering (electrical, chemical, civil,
mechanical, ocean, and petroleum), Environmental Science/Engineering,
Geology/Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Information Sciences and Systems
(engineering focus only), Materials Science/Engineering, Mathematics,
Neurosciences, Oceanography, Public Health (theoretical research focus
only) and Physics.
A brief description of
each field of study is available at
Timeline and Criteria:
Fulbright Science and Technology Award is a merit-based, open
competition. After the May 1 deadline, a panel of specialists will
review all eligible applications in India and nominate two principals
and one alternate Indian candidate. USIEF will forward the Indian
nominations to the U.S. for a technical review of all nominee
applications. Should a principal nominee not meet eligibility
requirements, s/he will be disqualified, and the alternate nominee will
be upgraded to principal nominee status. After the technical review, up
to two principal nominees and one alternate from each country will be
presented for review to a U.S.-based selection committee, which will
include prominent academics and professionals in the appropriate
The Indian candidates
recommended as nominees must take the Test of English as a Foreign
Language (TOEFL), as well as the General Graduate Record Examination
(GRE) such that the scores are available by mid August 2010. Candidates,
who do not have valid GRE scores at the time of application but are
selected as nominees, will be required to take the GRE General Test,
preferably by June 2010. A nominee is expected to have achieved a
quantitative score of at least 700. In addition, a GRE subject
test will be required of all candidates selected as nominees for the
following fields of study: biology; biochemistry; cell and molecular
biology; chemistry; computer science; mathematics; and physics.
The GRE Subject testing occurs in the month of November in India. USIEF
will provide test fee vouchers for taking the required tests.
have taken tests should submit copies of their score reports along with
their applications by the May 1 deadline.
The U.S. based committee
will make its selection from applications worldwide. Applications of
candidates selected by the U.S-based committee will then be forwarded
for approval to the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and then
placement by IIE. IIE will identify appropriate U.S. institutions and
apply on the behalf of finalists, taking into consideration their fields
of study and research interests to ensure the best placement available.
If a recommended candidate has previously applied to U.S. institutions
and has requested a deferral from the institution, the candidate should
indicate this on the university preference page on the application form.
1, 2010 Application Deadline
May-June 2010 USIEF committee review applications
to nominate Indian candidates. Short-listed applicants may be invited
June-July 2010 Indian nominees take TOEFL/GRE
September 2010 U.S. based selection committee
reviews worldwide nominee applications to select candidates
October 15, 2010 Notification of selected candidates
Applications of selected
candidates forwarded for FSB approval and university placement
August/September 2011 Fellowships begin
Each applicant is required
to submit an online application along with supporting
documents. A complete application includes:
a clearly written research
a professional resume or curriculum
Three letters of reference
Official (scanned and attached to
the online application) academic transcripts from each
post-secondary institution attended, or sent to USIEF, New Delhi
as indicated below
English language test scores (when
GRE General and GRE subject exam
test scores (when available)
Carefully follow all
All employed applicants should apply through proper channel.
In addition to submitting
the application online, you must send the following to the
Senior Program Officer (Indian Program), USIEF, 'Fulbright House', 12
Hailey Road, New Delhi 110 001, by May 1, 2010.
Please write ATTN: Fulbright IFST on the envelope.
a printout of the completed
online application form. Incomplete or late
applications will not be considered. Faxed or e-mailed
applications will not be accepted. No application will be
returned to the applicant after the end of the competition.
Supporting documents should include:
One recent passport size photograph
Report of Proficiency in
English, which should either be submitted along with
your application in a sealed envelope, or sent directly to reach
the Senior Program Officer (Indian Program), USIEF,
'Fulbright House', 12 Hailey Road, New Delhi 110 001 no
later than May 1, 2010.
Signed Signature Form
Attested copies of marksheets/transcripts
and diplomas/certificates for all of the examinations (arranged
in reverse chronological order starting from higher secondary.)
Please attach completed Academic Records Report Form
for each university/college attended.
Standardized Tests: If you have
previously taken the TOEFL or the GRE General and Subject Tests,
please indicate your score and date and place where you took the
examination in the Application Form. Attach copies,
originals or photocopies, of your score report to the
application if available.
Three completed Letter of
Reference forms to reach the Senior Program
Officer (Indian Program), USIEF, 'Fulbright House', 12 Hailey
Road, New Delhi 110 001 no later than May 1,
2010. Or your recommenders can complete the forms
online and submit electronically. You must click on the
Recommendation button on the Home page of the online application
to register your recommenders and request your referees
to upload their letters of reference.