Fulbright to India Guide – 2021-2022

Entering into Grant Status

Status of U.S. Grantees in India

As a grantee, you have the obligation to accomplish the purpose stated in your proposal and the grant document.  U.S. Fulbright scholars/students are private citizens and enjoy no diplomatic immunity in India.  All legal requirements, including those governing entry, residence and taxation, must be followed.

Your grant will begin from the date of arrival in India and will continue for the number of months specified in the grant authorization.  As soon as the formal grant document is issued, and/or the grantee notifies USIEF having accepted the grant, the grantee should write to USIEF about travel plans.  Upon receipt of the grantees’ proposed itinerary, USIEF will initiate the travel arrangements process.

According to the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) guidelines, “candidates selected for a grant may not postpone or defer the grant from one academic year to the next.  Candidates who are not able to accept the grant within the academic year for which it was awarded may request that the cooperating agency resubmit the application for the following year’s competition.”

For your arrival plan, please refer carefully to your respective column under your relevant academic year cohort in the table below:

Grant Category Arrival Period
Fulbright-Nehru Student Researchers (non-PhD candidates) August 25, 2024
Fulbright-Nehru Student Researchers (PhD candidates) Enter grant status anytime between July 1, 2024 to March 31, 2025
Academic and Professional Excellence (APE) Awardees, Fulbright-Kalam Awardees and Distinguished  Scholars Enter grant status anytime between  July 1, 2024 to March 31, 2025
APE Flex scholars Enter first phase of grant status anytime between July 1, 2024 to March 31, 2025 for not less than one month and complete final phase of flex grant by August 31, 2026

APE scholars (Teaching; Teaching & Research) must plan the timing of their Fulbright grant during the teaching months of the academic year.  The academic year in India differs from that in the U.S., and also varies somewhat around India.  Grantees should contact the affiliating institution as soon as possible, ask for the academic calendar and plan their arrival accordingly.

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