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Fullbright Scholarship for Working Professionals to Study Abroad

Fullbright-Nehru Master’s Scholarship is a scholarship for working professionals to study abroad. Check out this post to apply now.

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About the Scholarship

Highly motivated individuals who demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities, have completed the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree, possess at least three years of professional work experience, and are committed to returning and contributing to their communities in India design the Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships.

These fellowships award up to two years to pursue a master’s degree at U.S. colleges and universities in the areas of Economics; Environmental Science/Studies; Higher Education Administration; International Affairs; International Legal Studies; Journalism and Mass Communication; Public Administration; Public Health; Urban and Regional Planning; and Women’s Studies/Gender Studies.

The fellowship provides J-1 visa support, round-trip economy class air travel from the fellow’s home city to the host institution in the U.S., funding for tuition and fees, living and related costs, and accident and sickness coverage per U.S. Government guidelines.*

The Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships do not provide financial support for dependents. USIEF funding may not cover all costs, and the fellow may need to supplement grant benefits with other resources.

Requirements for the scholarship for Working Professionals to Study Abroad

In addition to the General Prerequisites, the applicant must have completed an equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a recognized Indian university with at least 55% marks. Applicants must either possess a four-year bachelor’s degree or a completed master’s degree; or a full-time postgraduate diploma from a recognized Indian institution if the bachelor’s degree is of less than four years’ duration.

Each applicant must possess at least three years of full-time (paid) professional work experience relevant to the proposed field of study by the application deadline, demonstrate experience in leadership and community service, must not hold another degree from a U.S. university or be enrolled in a U.S. degree program, and if employed, must carefully follow the instructions regarding employer’s endorsement. If applicable, they should obtain the endorsement from the appropriate administrative authority on the FNMasters Employer’s Endorsement Form. The employer must indicate that leave will be granted for the fellowship period.

Each applicant must select one field of study that matches their main area of interest. Applications are open in the following fields only.

Fields of Study

Economics: The study of production, demand, and allocation of resources in society, economic trends, and effects of government economic policy on the economy.

Environmental Science/Studies: The study of the environment in all its complexities.

Higher Education Administration: The study of all aspects of higher education administration including policy planning and management, student affairs, academic affairs, admissions and enrollment management, curriculum design, learning assessment, financial management, alumni and community relations, internationalization of higher education, quality assurance, and use of technology in higher education.

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International Affairs: The study of international relations with reference to foreign policy, conflict resolution, international security and strategic issues, international economic policy, environmental and energy policy, refugee and migration issues, human rights, and gender policy.

International Legal Studies: The study of all aspects of international legal studies including business law, commercial and trade law, employment and labor law, environmental law, global health law, human rights, intellectual property rights and law, international organizations, securities and financial regulations, litigation law, and tax law.

Journalism and Mass Communication: The study of all aspects of mass communication, including individual and convergent media platforms such as print, broadcast and new media.

Public Administration: The study of management as it relates to the government sector (local, state, federal) or organizations serving the public.

Public Health: The study of all aspects of public health including biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, epidemiology, health law, bioethics and human rights, health policy and management, public health delivery systems, international health, and reproductive, maternal and child health.

Urban and Regional Planning: The study of all aspects of urban and regional planning, including sustainable infrastructure, transportation policy, planning and improvements, water and sanitation, town and rural planning, equitability, public space programming and governance, land use, community visioning, urban resilience, housing and real estate development, and waste management.

Women’s Studies/Gender Studies: The study of issues relevant to women, feminism, and gender including development, health, history, education, sexuality, law, and policy.

Applications must be submitted online for the scholarship for Working Professionals to Study Abroad


Please carefully review the FNMaster’s Applicant Instructions before starting your online application.

Please refer to the FNMaster’s Applicant Checklist before submitting the application.

In addition, you must complete FNMaster’s Applicant Annexure and FNMaster’s Employer’s Endorsement Form (if applicable) and upload them to your online application.

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