Competitive Exams: Current Affairs 2011: Fulbright Program

Fulbright Program

  • The Indo-US relationship has been sustained and enhanced over the years by the exchange of students and scholars through initiatives like the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship Programme.

  • The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) was one of the first bi-national commissions established to run the Fulbright Programme. Since its inception 60 years ago, USIEF has given out over 17, 000 Fulbright awards in a wide range of academic disciplines.

  • On July 4, 2008, the US and India signed a historic new Fulbright agreement making India a full partner with the United States in the governance and funding of the Fulbright Programme. To reflect this new partnership, USIEF now awards Fulbright-Nehru scholarships. The new agreement also permits private sector support for the programme, which offers great potential for future growth.

  • USIEF offers grants for leadership development in three main sectors:

  • Research, both at the pre-doctoral and post-doctoral level, in wide-ranging disciplines significant to India and the US

  • Lecturing to promote mutual understanding in area studies (both American and Indian) as well as on contemporary issues relevant to the US and India.

  • Professional development training in emerging areas of importance to India such as environmental studies and management.

  • One of the founding principals of the USIEF is that when Indians and Americans study together, conduct joint research and engage in educational exchange activities, they are laying the foundation for better relations between the US and India.

  • This belief in the power of people-to-people exchanges is shared by both governments, who continue to invest in their long-term relationship by supporting programmes like the Fulbright-Nehru scholarships and the Obama Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative.

Courtesy: The Hindu and Times of India