Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships (2021-2022)| Apply By July 15, 2020

The Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships are designed for Indian scholars who are registered for a Ph.D. at an Indian institution. These fellowships are for six to nine months.

Applications are invited in the following fields only: Agricultural Sciences; Anthropology; Bioengineering; Climate Change Sciences; Computer Science (including, but not limited to, cyber security, digital economy, quantum computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data analytics); Economics; Education Policy and Planning; Energy Studies; History; International Law; International Security and Strategic Studies; Materials Science (with emphasis on environmental applications); Mathematical Sciences; Neurosciences; Performing Arts; Physical Sciences; Public Health; Public Policy; Sociology; Urban and Regional Planning (with emphasis on smart cities and waste management); Visual Arts; and Women’s and Gender Studies.


The applicant will be affiliated to one U.S. host institution for his/her 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 applicant has secured a letter of invitation from a U.S. institution, please include it as a part of his/her online application.

Grant Benefits

The fellowships provide J-1 visa support, a monthly stipend, Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges per U.S. Government guidelines, round-trip economy class air travel, applicable allowances and modest affiliation fees, if any. Selected scholars will have opportunities to audit non-degree courses, conduct research and gain practical work experience in suitable settings in the U.S. No allowances are provided for dependents. The grant is not sufficient to support family members.

Eligibility Requirements

In addition to the General Prerequisites:

  • applicant should have done adequate research in the relevant field, especially in the identification of resources in India and the U.S. Applicant must be registered for his/her Ph.D. at an Indian institution on or before September 1, 2019. On the online application form, one of the recommendation letters must be from the Ph.D. supervisor that comments on the applicants’ research and need for the fellowship, and must indicate the Ph.D. registration date and topic;
  • This grant is intended for Ph.D. students to conduct research essential to their dissertations/thesis. Therefore, the expected Ph.D. thesis submission date should atleast be three months after Fulbright-Nehru grant end date. For example, if May 2022 is the grant end date, applicant cannot submit his/her thesis before August 2022. Please indicate the Ph.D. registration date and the expected Ph.D. thesis submission date in the Applicant Annexure. The applicant can download the Applicant Annexure from the USIEF website;
  • If the applicant is employed, s/he must follow the instructions carefully regarding employer’s endorsement. If applicable, please obtain the endorsement from the appropriate administrative authority on the FNDR Employer’s Endorsement Form. The employer must indicate that leave will be granted for the fellowship period. The applicant can download the FNDR Employer’s Endorsement Form from the USIEF website; and
  • the applicant must upload a published/presented paper or extracts from the Master’s/M.Phil. thesis on the online application form.

Note: These fellowships are for pre-doctoral level research. Applicants with Ph.D. degrees or those at the final stage of Ph.D. thesis submission will not be considered.

How to Apply

  1. Applications must be submitted online at: https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2021
  2. Please carefully review the FNDR Applicant Instructions before starting your online application.
  3. Please refer to FNDR Applicant Checklist before submitting the application.
  4. In addition, you must complete and upload the following documents on your online application:
    FNDR Applicant Annexure
    FNDR Employer’s Endorsement Form

Application Deadline: July 15, 2020, 23:59:59 hrs (IST)

Timeline and Placement Process

July 15, 2020Application due date for 2021-2022 awards
Early August 2020Field-specific experts review applications to short-list candidates
End August 2020USIEF informs the applicants about the review outcome
Late September 2020National interviews of short-listed candidates in Delhi
End September 2020USIEF notifies principal and alternate nominees that they are recommended. Nominees take TOEFL.
November 2020USIEF forwards applications of recommended candidates to the U.S. for J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) approval and placement
March-April 2021USIEF notifies finalists
May 2021Pre-Departure Orientation
July-August 2021Pre-academic training in the U.S. (if required)
August-September 2021Program begins


You can apply for only ONE Fulbright-Nehru fellowship category during a competition cycle.

Plagiarism in the application will lead to disqualification.

Unless otherwise specified, Fulbright-Nehru applications are to be submitted online.

Applications received after the deadline will NOT be considered.

Extensions and transfer of visa sponsorship will not be permitted.

For more details: http://www.usief.org.in/Fulbright-Nehru-Doctoral-Research-Fellowships.aspx

University of Amsterdam: 12 PhD positions

University of Amsterdam: 12 PhD positions

Position 1: PhD position in Machine Learning for Natural Language Processing

Faculty of Science – Informatics Institute

Closing date: 19 Nov 2020

Position 2: PhD in Accounting

Faculty of Economics and Business – Accounting Section

Closing date: 15 Dec 2020

Position 3: 2 PhD Positions in photochemical transformations

Faculty of Science – Van‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences

Closing date: 15 Nov 2020

Position 4: PhD position on the Psychology of Science Scepticism

Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences – Department of Psychology

Closing date: 2 Nov 2020

Position 5: PhD positions in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Faculty of Science – Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy

Closing date: 16 Nov 2020

Position 6: PhD position: Automated Social network and news media analysis to promote cancer screening

Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences – Department of Communication Science

Closing date: 26 Oct 2020

Position 7: PhD candidate in the analysis of complex, distributed cyber-physical computer systems

Faculty of Science – Informatics Institute

Closing date: 22 Oct 2020

Position 8: PhD candidate in AI and automation in the media sector

Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences – Amsterdam Law School

Closing date: 19 Oct 2020

Position 9: PhD position in BioNanoPhotonics

Faculty of Science – Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences

Closing date: 25 Oct 2020

Position 10: 2 PhD positions in Computer Vision

Faculty of Science – Informatics Institute

Closing date: 15 Oct 2020

Position 11: PhD in the Mathematics and Economics of 21st-Century Risks

Economics and Business – Quantitative Economics Section

Closing date: 15 Oct 2020

Position 12: PhD position: Active Mechanical Metamaterials

Faculty of Science – Institute of Physics

Closing date: 15 Oct 2020

Position 13: 5 PhD Positions in Experimental Quantum Physics

Faculty of Science – Institute of Physics

Closing date: 31 Dec 2020

Fully Funded Graduate Research Scholarships University of Melbourne, Australia

Graduate Research Scholarships

Available to high-achieving students undertaking graduate research at the University of Melbourne.

Application type

No application is required. You will be automatically considered for this award.

Benefit type

General allowance
Fee remission
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student
International student

What are the benefits?

Stipend and fee offset scholarships

  • Full fee offset for up to two years for students undertaking a Masters by Research degree or up to four years for students undertaking a doctoral degree.
  • Living allowance of $31,200 per year pro rata (2020 full-time study rate) for up to two years for students undertaking a Masters by Research degree or up to 3.5 years for students undertaking a doctoral degree. The living allowance may be indexed annually and includes limited paid sick, maternity and parenting leave.
  • Relocation grant of $2000 for students moving from States or Territories other than Victoria or $3000 for students moving from outside Australia.
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) Single Membership for international students who require a student visa to study in Australia

Fee offset scholarships

  • Full fee offset for up to two years for students undertaking a Masters by Research degree or up to four years for students undertaking a doctoral degree.

For further information, see Manage my scholarship and https://scholarships.unimelb.edu.au/awards/graduate-research-scholarships

Doctoral Scholarship by Victoria University of Wellington , New Zealand

The University of Wellington is accepting the application for Doctoral Scholarship to study in New Zealand. Victoria University of Wellington Doctoral Scholarship opens for all international students around the world to encourage postgraduate research Victoria University of Wellington offers scholarships to those about to begin their doctoral studies. These scholarships are awarded on academic merit and are open to New Zealand and international students in any discipline.

Victoria University of Wellington established in 1897 one of the oldest universities in New Zealand. It is ranked 215 in the 2019 QS World University Rankings and in 2015 it received five stars from QS Stars University Rating in each of the eight categories- arts and culture, discipline ranking and accreditations, employability, facilities, inclusiveness, internationalization, research, and teaching. The Duration of the doctoral scholarship is three years.


The Duration of a Ph.D. degree is 3 Years.

Available Fields/Majors

The University of Wellington offers many degree programs.

For more information ( Click Here )

PhD in International and Public Law, Ethics and Economics for Sustainable Development from Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

The International PhD Programme in Law, Ethics & Economics for Sustainability (LEES) aims at the creation of a worldwide interdisciplinary research community that shares a commitment to the goals of sustainability.

International PHD program LEES 
PhD in Law, Ethics and Economics for Sustainable Development – LEES

Such a community will be devoted to promote an interdisciplinary, integrated research approach to global concerns, able to foster a process of change in which the exploitation of resources, the direction of investments, the orientation of technological innovation, the model of economic development and organization, and the consequent institutional change, are all made consistent with future as well as present needs of humankind, granting self-determination, equal treatment and social justice to each of its members, being as well compatible with the preservation of the ecosystem


6 Doctoral Research Positions in Law, Ethics and Economics for Sustainable Development (LEES)

The Universities of MilanRijeka and Maastricht are seeking six outstanding and committed students to carry out a three-year multidisciplinary research project, based at more than one participating university (see HERE the call for application and HERE the course website).

The three universities are launching LEES, a doctoral programme in International and Public Law, Ethics and Economics for Sustainable Development. With courses, seminars, and scientific research activities entirely in English, it addresses the complexities involved in sustainable development, and uses an innovative multidisciplinary approach that combines the contributions of law, ethics, and economics. The broad interdisciplinary view that inspires the PhD programme is here attached.

The programme is managed by a highly qualified international doctoral board and an international scientific council composed by top scholars in the relevant fields of law, ethics, and economics, which will advise the board on the development of research lines and the programme of the yearly international workshops and summer schools.

The first year of the programme will be based in Milan, where the PhD students will attend courses and seminars, and participate in the activities and events of the academic community of the Department. Some restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic may still apply to the 2020-2021 academic year. The University of Milan is poised to provide both online and in-person lectures as well as meetings for small groups. We are committed to restoring the kind of interpersonal relationships typical of a vibrant community of scholars as soon as possible. The second and third years will mainly be dedicated to students’ own personal research projects and to participating in the large-scale joint project by working with one of our partner universities, with the cooperation of their advisors, selected from the doctoral board or the scientific council, two notably international bodies. To enable their participation in the joint project, students will have access to additional funding and will have the opportunity to carry out part of their research either in one of the other associate universities – Rijeka or Maastricht – or in another partner university (see full list attached) depending on the project and the agreements which will be set up. PhD candidates who choose to work with one of the partner universities will receive, by activating a double degree agreement, and in addition to the joint degree from the three associate universities, a degree from the applicable partner university, as well.

The candidates must be prepared to be both visionary and ambitious, in order to alter the current, unsatisfactory trajectory of development by taking intellectual risks. They must be devoted to social justice and committed to enhancing the quality of research in one or more of the Ph.D. research fields, as well as open to and interested in using research methodologies in different fields (Law, Ethics, and Economics). Candidates must have the preparation and the ability to pursue innovative results at the frontiers of research, where unsolved problems call for interdisciplinary approaches and contributions, and submit a project in line with at least one of the many proposed lines of research. The many issues brought to the fore by the COVID-19 crisis, which touch on health, environmental, social, and economic dimensions, serve to confirm the pressing need for an innovative and interdisciplinary approach to sustainable development, in line with LEES research. 

LEES lines of research focus on, in particular: re-thinking legal, ethical, and economic approaches to sustainability; social justice and theories of justice; environmental issues; public options for sustainable development; governance of the common sphere; corporate social responsibility; innovation technologies; and human rights (FULL LIST HERE).

If you are interested, please submit your application no later than 14 September 2020 by 2 PM through the University of Milan submission system (see HERE the call for applications containing all the requirements and information to submit your application). A first ranking will be published before 21 September, and the interviews will start on 28 September. Start date: 2 November 2020.

For additional information you may contact lees@unimi.it or visit the following websites: 

This programme is for you if you:

  • have at least five previous years of academic background in one of the Ph.D. disciplines (Law; Economics; Ethics; Political theory and sciences; Environmental and sustainability sciences; Philosophy);
  • are willing to change the current, unsatisfactory trajectories of development;
  • are sensitive to social justice;
  • are open to and interested in using research methodologies in different fields;
  • are prepared to work in different environments;
  • are proficient in English;
  • have very good scientific writing and communication skills.

We offer:

  • a PhD programme earning a joint degree in at least three different Countries;
  • a list of partner universities that will allow you to carry out fully multidisciplinary and international research;
  • an extensive board of experts standing by to assist you in your research;
  • a PhD scholarship which includes a monthly gross salary of 1365,50 €, for 3 years;
  • additional funds to facilitate your mobility;
  • a full-time Ph.D. programme without any teaching duties;
  • our beautiful academic campus located in the heart of downtown Milan;
  • interaction with top scholars members of the international scientific council and with the excellent faculty and staff of our innovative LLM Programme in Sustainable Development, a diverse academic community that brings together minds from 10 different countries;
  • participation in a large-scale research project with the potential to have wide-ranging implications for the sustainability of future international development.

For more information, click https://www.unimi.it/en/education/postgraduate-programmes/doctoral-programmes-phd/ay-2020/2021-international-and-public-law-ethics-and-economics-sustainable-development-lees