USIEF-Fellowship - Flipbook - Page 31
USIEF - The Fulbright Commission in India
The Indo-U.S. agreement on educational exchange, signed by Prime Minister
Jawaharlal Nehru and U.S. Ambassador Loy Henderson on February 2, 1950
in New Delhi, established the United States Educational Foundation in India
to administer the Fulbright Program in India. On July 4, 2008, the
Government of India (GOI) and the U.S. Government (USG) signed a new
agreement to strengthen educational exchanges between the two countries.
The Foundation was renamed as United States-India Educational Foundation
(USIEF) awarding Fulbright-Nehru Scholarships and Grants. USG and GOI
are now equal partners for implementing Fulbright Program in India. A 10member Board of Directors, five Americans living in India nominated by the
U.S. Diplomatic Mission and five Indians nominated by the Government of
India, governs USIEF.
Since 1950, USIEF has awarded approximately 11, 796 Fulbright Fellowships
to Indians and Americans. In addition to these programs sponsored by the
U.S. Department of State www.state.gov, USIEF has also administered
approximately 8,752 fellowships funded by the U.S. Department of Education
www.ed.gov, the East-West Center www.eastwestcenter.org and other entities.
USIEF's activities may be broadly categorized as follows:
l Administration of Fulbright-Nehru and other fellowships for Indian and
American students, faculty, researchers and professionals.
l Promotion of dialogue among Fulbrighters and their communities as an
outgrowth of educational exchange.
l EducationUSA Advising Services for Indian students interested in pursuing
higher education in the U.S., and for U.S. students in India.
l Serving as a resource for fostering linkages between institutions of higher
education in the U.S. and India.