Saturday, 27 April 2013

Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowships 2014- 2015 in U.S.

United Slates-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) invites applications for Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowships 2014.
Fulbright- Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowships aim to provide Indian faculty, researchers, and professionals the opportunity to teach, conduct research, or carry out a combination of teaching and research at a U.S. institution. Depending on the U.S. host institution, it is likely that the grantee may contribute towards developing curriculum and conducting workshops and seminars. These fellowships are for four to nine months.
Applications from all disciplines will be considered. Priority fields are: Agricultural Sciences; Economics; Education; Energy, Sustainable Development and Climate Change; Environment; International Relations; Management and Leadership Development; Media and Communications with focus on Public Service Broadcasting; Public Administration; Public Health; Science and Technology; Study of India with focus on contemporary issues; and Study of the United States. For Study of India or the Study of the United States (American Studies) the areas could include: language and literature, history, government, economics, society and culture, religion, and film studies.
Applicants must demonstrate the relevance of the proposed research to India and/or the U.S., its benefit to the applicant’s institution, the feasibility of accomplishing the research goal within the stipulated period, and the need to carry out the research in the U.S.
A comparative or cross-cultural perspective is encouraged. Indian academics and professionals contribute to the internationalization of the curriculum at their U.S. host institutions and the understanding of recent developments in India. The recipient will be affiliated as a visiting scholar at a U.S. institution, and will teach courses (individually or team-teach) for either a semester or an academic year.
Research and Teaching
Applicants will carry out a combination of teaching and research activities at the U.S. host institution. Please specify the percentage of the grant for each activity and define this in your project statement. For instance, if you plan to spend 60% of your grant duration for research and 40% for teaching, your project statement should demonstrate this allocation. Teaching could include courses (individually or team-taught) or a series of seminars at the U.S. institution.
You will be affiliated to one U.S. host institution for your grant. USIEF strongly recommends all applicants to identify institutions with which they wish to be affiliated and to correspond, in advance, with potential host institutions. If you have secured a letter of invitation from a U.S. institution, please include it as a part of your application.
Grant Benefits
The fellowships provide round-trip economy class air travel, a monthly stipend, Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges per U.S. Government guidelines, a modest settling-in allowance, and a professional allowance. Subject to availability of funds, in case of grantees on eight or nine month grants, a dependent allowance and international travel may be provided for one accompanying dependent provided the dependent is with the grantee in the U.S for at least 80% of the grant period.
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 of America and India;
  • have a high level of academic/professional achievement;
  • demonstrate proficiency in the English language to undertake the proposed project/program and adjust to life in the US. The applicant may 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 interview, if required. If you will be abroad, please keep us informed.
  • be eligible for leave, if employed;
  • be in good health;
  • not be residing in the United States;
  • not be applying for or holding permanent residence (green card) in the United States;
  • preference will be given to candidates who have not had extensive recent US experience;
  • faculty/researchers should have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent published work with at least five years of relevant teaching/research experience;
  • professionals outside academe should have a Master’s degree or equivalent published work with recognized professional standing and at least five years relevant experience;
  • if employed, applications should be routed through proper channel; and
  • should enclose a recent significant publication (copy of paper/article).
Application deadline: 15-07-2013

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