Opt for OPT

Opt for OPT

By Jason Chiang July 2021

Optional Practical Training offers temporary employment for international students in the United States to work in their area of study.

Finance Your Studies

Finance Your Studies

By Paromita Pain July 2021

With the right planning and research, students can access a range of financial assistance options to make their U.S. higher education affordable.

U.S.-India Defense Exercises

U.S.-India Defense Exercises

January 2022

U.S. and Indian navies, armies and air forces have improved their interoperability through military exercises and joint training.

Helping Women@Work 

Helping Women@Work 

By Jason Chiang March 2022

The U.S.-India Alliance for Women’s Economic Empowerment is helping drive the economic recovery of women workers and entrepreneurs impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Engineering Pure Air

Engineering Pure Air

By Jason Chiang November 2019

Nexus-trained Schillings Air offers products and services to eliminate air pollutants, reduce cost and help monitor clean air.

Admissions in a New Landscape

Admissions in a New Landscape

By Michael Gallant July 2020

International students will have to navigate new territory in a world defined by public health concerns, social distancing and disruptions.

Support Systems for Students

Support Systems for Students

By Paromita Pain July 2020

U.S. universities stepped up to support their international students during the coronavirus pandemic.

Quest for Security and Empowerment

Quest for Security and Empowerment

By Hillary Hoppock July 2020

Stanford King Center on Global Development's David Lobell and Soledad Artiz Prillaman focus their research on improving food security in India and on understanding the inequities around Indian women's political participation.

U.S. Higher Education Endures

U.S. Higher Education Endures

By Roger Brindley July 2020

In these unprecedented times, a deep and abiding commitment to teach the next generation of global leaders at U.S. universities will endure.

Making the Most of Your Holiday Breaks

Making the Most of Your…

By Aastha Virk Singh July 2020

During holiday breaks, students should focus on building their profiles in order to become strong candidates to get admission in a U.S. university of their choice.

Selecting a College for Your Child

Selecting a College for Your…

By Rupali Verma July 2020

A look at some key factors parents should consider when helping their children take admission-related decisions.

What Memorial Day Means to Americans

What Memorial Day Means to…

By ShareAmerica May 2022

Memorial Day is a day when Americans reflect on the sacrifice of those who have given their lives in military service.

Honoring Agri-Culture

Honoring Agri-Culture

By Natasa Milas September 2019

The National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame in Kansas educates visitors about the historical and present value of agriculture in the United States.

Framing the Future

Framing the Future

By Deepanjali Kakati September 2019

The All India Museum Summit 2019 provided American and Indian experts a platform to share ideas and best practices for museum modernization.

Exploring Pop Culture

Exploring Pop Culture

By Candice Yacono September 2019

The Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle offers a glimpse of some of the biggest cultural icons and phenomena.

A Cross-Cultural Experience

A Cross-Cultural Experience

By Ranjita Biswas July 2019

Shreya Das, a story scholar at IIT Kharagpur, participated in the Fulbright fellowship to teach Bangla to students of Indiana University Bloomington.

Dance of Connections

Dance of Connections

By Suparna Mukherji September 2019

Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellow Anugyan Nag explores the connections between movie dances in Bollywood and Hollywood.

Excelling With Integrity

Excelling With Integrity

By Steve Fox July 2019

U.S. universities expect students to work with honesty and integrity, and avoid all forms of academic dishonesty.

The Rights Museum

The Rights Museum

By Burton Bollag September 2019

The National Civil Rights Museum in Tennessee presents key episodes of the American Civil Rights Movement and examines today’s global human rights issues.

Fair Strategies

Fair Strategies

By Rupali Verma July 2019

A guide for prospective students on how they can get the most out of U.S. university fairs.

Building the Robots

Building the Robots

By Michael Gallant July 2019

Want to create the high-tech machines of the future? A degree in robotics engineering might be a good fit for you.

Business of Arts

Business of Arts

By Candice Yacono July 2019

Arts management programs equip students to apply business administration techniques and processes to the world of art.

Gender-Just Institutions

Gender-Just Institutions

By Paromita Pain July 2019

The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi’s program on gender equality, in collaboration with WISCOMP, aims to make the education sector in India more equitable.

Working to Stop Food Waste

Working to Stop Food Waste

Noelani Kirschner May 2022

Food waste is harsh on the environment and worsens world hunger. But activists and organizations are now recycling "rejected" produce to feed hungry communities.

Juneteenth: A Day to Celebrate Black Communities’ Strength

Juneteenth: A Day to Celebrate…

By Lauren Monsen June 2021

Juneteenth every year commemorates contributions and resilience of the United States' Black Americans.

How do You Choose?

How do You Choose?

By Michael Gallant July 2019

Students planning to pursue higher studies in the United States should keep a few key factors in mind while picking a major.

Interpreting Information

Interpreting Information

By Jason Chiang July 2019

With the rapid growth of Internet of Things, the demand for statistical science graduates has been increasing steadily.

Interview Insights

Interview Insights

By Suparna Mukherji July 2019

Alumni interviews are an important part of the U.S. university admissions process and help find the right candidate for an institution.

Learning Languages

Learning Languages

By Natasa Milas July 2019

American students experience Indian culture through its languages.

Legacy of Liberal Arts

Legacy of Liberal Arts

By Archit Guha July 2019

Despite their size, the impact of a small liberal arts college experience can often be everlasting.

Merging Med and Tech

Merging Med and Tech

By Trevor Laurence Jockims July 2019

Harvard University student Kavya Kopparapu works at the intersection of medicine and technology to innovate life-saving solutions.

Science of Air and Space

Science of Air and Space

By Jason Chiang July 2019

With international governments and private companies focusing on space explorations and increasing efficiencies, a degree in aerospace engineering has become quite sought-after.

Strength and Structures

Strength and Structures

By Michael Gallant July 2019

Earn a degree in architectural engineering and help buildings stand tall for decades to come.

Study the Mind

Study the Mind

By Steve Fox July 2019

The discipline of psychology is wide and varied, and so are the career opportunities.

Teaching Religion

Teaching Religion

By Syed Sulaiman Akhtar July 2019

Varun Soni, dean of religious life at the University of Southern California, shares his experience of studying and teaching religion in the United States.

The USA’s Biggest Birthday Party

The USA’s Biggest Birthday Party

By Sherry L. Brukbacher July 2019

What's a holiday everyone can celebrate? In the U.S., one is Independence Day, celebrated each July 4th complete with food and fireworks.

Understanding Social Life

Understanding Social Life

By Burton Bollag July 2019

Sociology students seek to understand how society works, and are equipped to enter a wide range of professional fields.

Why Study in the U.S.

Why Study in the U.S.

By Bhavvna Jolly July 2019

U.S higher education offers a unique value proposition and grooms students to address challenges faced by their communities, countries and the world.

Solving the Burning Problem

Solving the Burning Problem

By Michael Gallant May 2019

Kriya Labs, a New Delhi-based start-up, transforms agricultural waste into a valuable resource to make paper and biodegradable products.

Sweet Solutions

Sweet Solutions

By Steve Fox May 2019

A multi-institutional team led by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has demonstrated that sugarcane can be genetically enhanced to increase the amount of oil in its leaves and stems for biodiesel production.

Assessing Learning

Assessing Learning

By Burton Bollag November 2019

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow Vyjayanthi Sankar’s Centre for Science of Student Learning aims to build capacity for high-quality assessments and research.

Anytime Water

Anytime Water

By Ranjita Biswas November 2019

Hydrotec Solutions’ solar-powered water purification system provides communities with 24/7 safe drinking water on a pay-per-use basis.

A Friend in Need

A Friend in Need

By Ranjita Biswas November 2019

Nexus-trained Gitanjali Banerjee’s start-up, Femtech Fertility Dost, provides women and couples a platform to talk about fertility-related problems and preventive solutions.

U.S. Protects Endangered Species

U.S. Protects Endangered Species

By Noelani Kirschner April 2022

Since passing the Endangered Species Act in 1973, the United States has helped save nearly extinct creatures. Meet six of them here.

The United States Also has Rainforests

The United States Also has…

By Noelani Kirschner April 2022

From Puerto Rico to Alaska, there are a number of rainforests located within the United States. Learn more about them here.

Invest in our Planet on Earth Day

Invest in our Planet on…

By Lenore T. Adkins April 2022

Earth Day is on April 22. Spend the day thinking about how you can reduce your carbon footprint and support our planet.

Studying During the Pandemic

Studying During the Pandemic

By Hillary Hoppock April 2022

Universities and students adapt to difficult circumstances as safety measures, social distancing and travel restrictions affect traditional university enrollment systems.

Vibrant Campus Life of U.S. Universities

Vibrant Campus Life of U.S.…

By Candice Yacono April 2022

Student organizations create a diverse campus and help build life-long memories and relationships. Indian Student Associations are one way both Indian and American students merge culture and student life on campus.

Finding the Right Fit

Finding the Right Fit

By Paromita Pain April 2022

Read these tips from U.S. university officials and Indian alumni on how prospective students can find the right university to meet their needs and help them succeed.

Maintaining Legal Status

Maintaining Legal Status

By Natasa Milas April 2022

Every year, the United States opens its doors to international students from around the world. For students, it’s important to be mindful of the requirements to maintain legal status while studying in the United States.

A Bearcat for Life!

A Bearcat for Life!

By Sid Thatham April 2022

Graduate-level study at a U.S. university is not just about coursework and research, it's also about new experiences and discovering yourself.

Building Your Application Avatar

Building Your Application Avatar

By Unnati Singhania April 2022

Stand out by creating a strong application that showcases your abilities and brings out your personality.

Getting a Student Visa to Study in the United States

Getting a Student Visa to…

Text courtesy of the Consular Team, U.S. Embassy New Delhi April 2022

Refer to this frequently asked questions guide as you are getting ready to apply for your student visa.

The Biden-Harris Administration is the Most Diverse Ever

The Biden-Harris Administration is the…

By Amirah Ismail November 2021

A government that looks like America is a Biden administration priority—and data shows this is the most diverse government in America’s history.

Acing Your Interview

Acing Your Interview

By Timothy Brauhn, Yvette Saleh and Katherine Von Ofenheim April 2022

Applying for your student visa to study in the United States can seem overwhelming. In this article, U.S. consular officers provide straightforward guidance on the process.

Building Global Careers

Building Global Careers

By Candice Yacono April 2022

Cutting-edge programs, cross-cultural exposure and networking opportunities at U.S. universities help students set the stage for a global career.

At U.S.-based Holi Events, Dance Takes Center Stage

At U.S.-based Holi Events, Dance…

By Lauren Monsen March 2022

The festival of Holi is catching on in the United States, and dance plays a large role, introducing Americans to an important part of Indian culture.

Electing Your Major

Electing Your Major

By Natasa Milas April 2022

Choosing a major is a great opportunity to explore, self-reflect and ultimately, to enjoy the start of a pivotal process.

Opening Doors to Success

Opening Doors to Success

By Steve Fox April 2022

The high quality of education, flexibility in curriculum and networking opportunities make U.S. higher education a unique value proposition.

Enforcing Change by Example

Enforcing Change by Example

By Steve Fox December 2021

Prerana protects women and children from the threats of human trafficking by defending their rights, supporting their education and health, and leading advocacy efforts.

Getting Ready To Go

Getting Ready To Go

By Michael Gallant April 2022

Smart preparation can help Indian students smoothly navigate the port of entry procedures on arrival at U.S. airports.

Defense, Counterterrorism, and Law Enforcement

Defense, Counterterrorism, and Law Enforcement

January 2021

The United States and India have steadily increased cooperation among our defense and security forces through information sharing; defense planning, exercises, and exchanges; defense industrial cooperation; and counterterrorism and law enforcement activities.

Energy

Energy

January 2021

Progress in U.S.-India energy cooperation has boosted our economies and contributed benefits ranging from electrifying factories and powering the transport of agricultural products to improving the comfort and safety of our homes.

Health and Biomedical Innovation

Health and Biomedical Innovation

January 2021

Bilateral cooperation between the United States and India in health and biomedical innovation has had impressive results, but it holds the promise of even better outcomes and further innovations in the years to come.

Music Museum

Music Museum

By Michael Gallant September 2019

Learn about the history, art, creativity and technology of American music at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.

Celebrating Diverse Experiences

Celebrating Diverse Experiences

By Paromita Pain September 2019

The New Americans Museum in San Diego presents and preserves the stories of diverse immigrant experiences.

Bringing the Past to Life

Bringing the Past to Life

By Sadie Goering September 2019

Living history museums offer an interactive way to learn about the past and bring history to life.

World of Words

World of Words

By Hillary Hoppock September 2019

The American Writers Museum celebrates writers and inspires people to engage in reading and writing through innovative and interactive exhibits.

Art of American Experience

Art of American Experience

By Michael Gallant September 2019

Visit the Smithsonian American Art Museum and witness centuries of dreams, challenges and creativity in the United States.

How U.S. Copyright Law Frees Art for the Future

How U.S. Copyright Law Frees…

By ShareAmerica March 2022

Films, poems, songs and stories from 1926 are free for all to enjoy. Learn how U.S. copyright law protects creators and promotes creativity.

What Makes a National Historic Landmark?

What Makes a National Historic…

By Noelani Kirschner March 2022

Culturally and historically significant locations are eligible for federal funding as National Historic Landmark sites. Learn more about the designation.

Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate and More

Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate and More

By Michael Gallant April 2022

The right type of American degree can unlock amazing opportunities for Indian students. Here’s how to choose which level of study is best for you.

Supporting Women Entrepreneurs

Supporting Women Entrepreneurs

By Steve Fox September 2021

Women entrepreneurs in North India benefit through a variety of U.S. Embassy-supported initiatives.

LGBTQIA+ Sites

LGBTQIA+ Sites

By Candice Yacono December 2021

Historic sites, such as those from the LGBTQIA+ rights movement, embody the past and serve as a critical context for visitors to understand the efforts, clashes and advances over time.

Keys to Success: Planning and Research

Keys to Success: Planning and…

By Paromita Pain April 2022

With the right planning and research, the journey to a U.S. degree can be a rewarding experience.

Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Breaking the Glass Ceiling

By Steve Fox September 2021

A hybrid-style boot camp led by U.S. Consulate General Kolkata helped women entrepreneurs tap their innovative spirit and grow their businesses.

A Green Way to Hygiene

A Green Way to Hygiene

By Ranjita Biswas August 2021

Mumbai-based Aakar produces affordable and ecofriendly solutions to increase access to menstrual hygiene products.

A Summit for Success

A Summit for Success

By Michael Gallant October 2021

The SelectUSA Investment Summit connects Indian business innovators with international investors and priceless opportunities.

Vaccines Save Lives

Vaccines Save Lives

By ShareAmerica September 2021

Vaccines against infectious diseases save millions of lives. See how U.S. innovators are contributing to global efforts to stop COVID-19 and other diseases.

Combating Droughts

Combating Droughts

By Trevor L. Jockims October 2021

Megacities such as Delhi, Chennai, Karachi, Madrid, and Istanbul are already experiencing an extremely high risk of droughts, and many other regions could follow suit over the next few years.

Promoting Equality

Promoting Equality

By Jason Chiang December 2021

Who you are and whom you love is not a justification for discrimination, harassment, and inequitable access to opportunities and resources.

How Black History Month Came to Be

How Black History Month Came…

By ShareAmerica February 2022

What is now known as Black History Month was initiated in 1926 by Black historian Carter G. Woodson. Learn more about this observance.

Transforming Contemporary Literature

Transforming Contemporary Literature

By Noelani Kirschner March 2022

Meet six Black women who have written, edited or produced some of America's best literary work of the past 40 years.

Stories of Resilience

Stories of Resilience

By Paromita Pain December 2021

An international partnership between Theater Alliance, Story Center and Shakti Vahini transforms the powerful stories of human trafficking survivors into agency and tools for change.

Making Cities Safer

Making Cities Safer

By Burton Bollag December 2021

Safecity encourages individuals and communities to report violations on its digital platform, to make the world a safer place for all.

Wheels for Women

Wheels for Women

By Ranjita Biswas December 2021

What do you need more than anything? Often, a simple question can lead to grand ideas fueling gender empowerment, agency and opportunities.

Breaking the Cycle of Violence

Breaking the Cycle of Violence

By Steve Fox December 2021

Through skillful use of media, arts and technology, Breakthrough is working to change a culture and demonstrate the value of women and girls.

Representing Diversity

Representing Diversity

By Natasa Milas December 2021

Fulbright-Nehru Scholar Manjula Bharathy’s work captures the complexity of emotion entangled in identity and the journey toward achieving equitable opportunities.

New Dawn

New Dawn

By Natasa Milas December 2021

Savhera, a natural wellness company and social enterprise, offers employment opportunities to victims of sex trafficking.

The Heart of Democracy

The Heart of Democracy

By Michael Gallant March 2022

Young leaders spark change, lift up vulnerable communities and build a future where all voices matter.

How the U.S. Supports a Free and Open Indo-Pacific

How the U.S. Supports a…

By Leigh Hartman February 2022

The U.S. supports a free and open Indo-Pacific and works to improve prosperity, fight climate change and support democracy in the region.

Leading the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Leading the Fight Against Human…

By Michael Gallant December 2021

Shakti Vahini, a nonprofit based in New Delhi, has helped protect thousands of children from exploitation and human trafficking risks.

Human Rights Practices

Human Rights Practices

By Hillary Hoppock December 2021

The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political and worker rights.

Safe Spaces for All

Safe Spaces for All

By Candice Yacono August 2021

Through education, advocacy and support U.S. universities strive to create inclusive campuses for LGBTQIA+ students.

Study in the U.S. … and Speak Out

Study in the U.S. ……

By Emily Louise Bowman February 2022

What rights do international students have? The right to free speech lets every student in the U.S. ask big questions in and out of the classroom.

Learning Through the Act of Exchanges

Learning Through the Act of…

By Paromita Pain January 2020

Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellow Dr. Ajay Joshi shared the intricacies of Indian theater with students and other community members in the United States.

Diversity is an Essential Component of the U.S. Diplomatic Corps

Diversity is an Essential Component…

By Noelani Kirschner February 2022

The United States champions diversity among members of its diplomatic corps to have a full representation of American life abroad.

A Perpetual Learner

A Perpetual Learner

By Ranjita Biswas January 2020

Lakshmi Ramaswamy shares her experience as a Fulbright Arts Fellow and how that has influenced her practice and management of the art of bharatanatyam.

Exploring the Nano World

Exploring the Nano World

By Natasa Milas January 2020

Sabu Thomas, a participant in the 2017 Fulbright-Nehru International Education Administrators Seminar, works on using nanotechnology to develop useful products in diverse sectors.

Studying the Climate

Studying the Climate

By Jason Chiang January 2020

Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellow Tamanna Subba explores the links between aerosols, air pollution and climate change, to build a better understanding of the Indian summer monsoon.

From Trickle to Stream

From Trickle to Stream

By Hillary Hoppock January 2020

Pramod Deshmukh, part of the 2010-11 Fulbright-Nehru Environmental Leadership Program, develops water conservation projects in rural India.

International Inspiration

International Inspiration

By Michael Gallant January 2020

The Fulbright-Nehru program opens doors to once-in-a-lifetime global educational opportunities.

Learning English and Promoting Equality

Learning English and Promoting Equality

By Michael Gallant December 2021

A vibrant international partnership expanding English language capacity supports the rights of women, transgender people, and the disabled across India.

Cultivating Gender Equity

Cultivating Gender Equity

By Burton Bollag September 2021

Women play a central role in farming in West Bengal, but are often marginalized. Technical training and greater access to land have helped them improve yields, build skills, and promote gender equality in their communities.

Gaming for Empowerment and Choice

Gaming for Empowerment and Choice

By Paromita Pain December 2021

Research shows that interactive games increase student motivation to pay attention and learn more effectively.

Food for Thought: What’s on Your Plate Matters to the Planet

Food for Thought: What’s on…

May 2021

Jonathan Safran Foer and Jeffrey Gettleman discuss how daily actions can make an impact in the efforts to combat climate change.

Too Young to Wed

Too Young to Wed

By Jason Chiang December 2021

Too Young to Wed uses photography to highlight the harrowing impact of child marriage on young girls globally.

Greening the Map

Greening the Map

By Michael Gallant May 2021

With support from the U.S. Department of State, Swechha harnesses technology, inspires individuals and advocates for environmental change across India.

Giving Wings to Natural Interests

Giving Wings to Natural Interests

By Candice Yacono January 2020

Isaac Kehimkar, known as India’s Butterfly Man, talks about his work and his takeaways from studying American NGO’s as part of his 2006 Fulbright Fellowship.

The Time for Climate Action is Now

The Time for Climate Action…

By Noelani Kirschner September 2021

An Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report details how extreme fires, heat and flooding are in our future unless we act now.

Adaptive Urban Planning

Adaptive Urban Planning

By Steve Fox May 2021

Cities need to implement adaptive strategies that are responsive to local circumstances to mitigate the climate crisis.

Managing Food for Sustainability

Managing Food for Sustainability

By Candice Yacono May 2021

Reducing food wastage can help conserve resources and the environment.

The Dancing Queens

The Dancing Queens

By Michael Gallant January 2020

Through Fulbright Fellowships, Jeff Roy explores the artistic expression and identity politics of Mumbai’s LGBTQ communities.

Not a Musical Tourist

Not a Musical Tourist

By Ranjita Biswas January 2020

Payton MacDonald connects Indian classical music with Western musical traditions.

The App of Conversations

The App of Conversations

By Paromita Pain January 2020

Filmmaker Anandana Kapur’s interactive mobile documentary app helps create conversations around women’s rights.

The Literary Connect

The Literary Connect

By Deepanjali Kakati May 2020

Fulbright-Nehru fellow Alan Johnson talks about his connection to India, his fascination with the country’s literature and the importance of exchanges like the Fulbright program.

Working for a Cause

Working for a Cause

By Suparna Mukherji May 2019

Fulbright-Nehru research scholar Alexander O’Neill has worked to support environmental conservation efforts in India.

Hidden No More

Hidden No More

By Paromita Pain March 2019

Science writer Nandita Jayaraj shares her experience of participating in the U.S. State Department’s IVLP project on advancing women in STEAM fields.

Designing Better Hygiene

Designing Better Hygiene

By Deepanjali Kakati April 2020

Saral Designs, which promotes menstrual hygiene in under-served areas through innovative technology and distribution models, modified its pad-making machines to make surgical masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Investing in Inclusive Development

Investing in Inclusive Development

By Jason Chiang October 2021

Through investments and loans in key sectors like infrastructure, agriculture and technology, the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation is helping propel growth and create jobs in India.

Empowering Through Technology

Empowering Through Technology

By Michael Gallant March/April 2017

The Internet Saathi initiative teaches rural women to use and benefit from the Internet.

The Nehru Visit

The Nehru Visit

January 1962

Few foreign visitors to the United States have attracted greater public attention than Prime Minister Nehru who paid his fourth visit to that country in November 1961, accompanied by his daughter, Mrs. Indira Gandhi.

Polio: Reaching Every Child

Polio: Reaching Every Child

By Giriraj Agarwal Jan/Feb 2011

Eradication of the disease in India would be a huge step toward ending it everywhere.

Spotlighting Women Entrepreneurs

Spotlighting Women Entrepreneurs

By Jason Chiang October 2021

WE Hub fosters women entrepreneurship via incubation, access to government resources, and the creation of a global collaborative network for women-led enterprises to thrive.

The Indian Pilgrimage of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Indian Pilgrimage of Martin…

By Laurinda Keys Long Jan/Feb 2009

Only 12 years after Indians won their freedom with nonviolent protests, noncooperation and boycott, African Americans were using the same tactics to overturn unjust laws.

Revival of India’s Small Businesses

Revival of India’s Small Businesses

By Natasa Milas October 2021

The REVIVE Alliance is facilitating the economic recovery of small business owners and workers in the informal sector, whose livelihoods are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learning Tech, the STEMpedia Way

Learning Tech, the STEMpedia Way

By Paromita Pain October 2021

Futuristic hardware and user-friendly software motivate young students to explore robotics and artificial intelligence.

Kalpana Chawla and the Space Shuttle

Kalpana Chawla and the Space…

Jan/Feb 1998

Indian American Kalpana Chawla was part of the international crew aboard the U.S. Space Shuttle Columbia Flight STS-87 who completed a successful mission last December. While Earth-bound humans were embroiled in politics and other quirks of the third planet from the Sun, the six-member crew space-walked, manipulated remote control devices and orbited millions of miles performing experiments.

Training for the Future

Training for the Future

By Lynn Ascher August 1970

At Kanpur’s Indian Institute of Technology 200 students use the Computer Centre every day for training, course projects and research.

Green Living

Green Living

By Jason Chiang May 2021

Sustainable bamboo fiber products created by Bio Craft Innovation, a Nexus-trained start-up, help reduce the use of single-use plastic.

From Awareness to Action

From Awareness to Action

By Natasa Milas May 2021

Graduate programs at U.S. universities address the necessity to establish a workforce that will be equipped to work on combating climate change.

Combating the Climate Crisis Through Communication

Combating the Climate Crisis Through…

By Trevor L. Jockims October 2021

Interactive storytelling can drive climate action by raising awareness of how the climate crisis affects everyday life.

Benefits of U.S.-India Civilian Nuclear  Cooperation

Benefits of U.S.-India Civilian Nuclear…

March/April 2006

President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh concluded a landmark agreement on March 2, 2006, that would place India’s civilian nuclear program under international safeguards and enable full civilian nuclear cooperation with the United States.

Providing Hope and Jobs

Providing Hope and Jobs

By ShareAmerica January 2022

Meet two U.S.-created companies that make a global difference, earning the 2021  Secretary of State's Award for Corporate Excellence.

Interpreting Identities

Interpreting Identities

By Ranjita Biswas October 2021

As an academic and an Odissi performer and teacher, Kaustavi Sarkar uses the classical dance form to explore diverse ways of being and thinking.

Studying in America: Then & Now

Studying in America: Then &…

By Usha Helweg and Simran Singh August 1982

A look at student life in the United States, in the 1960s and 1980s.

Working Together, Making History

Working Together, Making History

By Laurinda Keys Long March/April 2006

Prime Minister Singh and President Bush characterized the agreements and initiatives they finalized during the President’s March 2006 state visit to India as “historic."

40 Years of Fulbright in India

40 Years of Fulbright in…

By Meena Sanyal February 1990

Among the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the Fulbright program in India is the release of a commemorative publication incorporating reminiscences of a number of Indian participants. SPAN presents excerpts.

Opening Doors to Financial Services

Opening Doors to Financial Services

By Michael Gallant October 2021

As CEO of the innovative financial platform Northern Arc Capital, Kshama Fernandes has helped raise over Rs. 950 billion in financing for clients, who in turn have impacted over 40 million Indian women across 28 states and seven union territories. Photograph courtesy Kshama Fernandes

Lending a Hand to Small Businesses

Lending a Hand to Small…

By Michael Gallant October 2021

Hardika Shah’s Kinara Capital supports underserved small businesses, including women entrepreneurs, through collateral-free business loans.

Breath of Life

Breath of Life

By Jason Chiang April 2020

Millennium Alliance awardee Coeo Labs offers solutions to prevent deaths due to infant respiratory distress syndrome and ventilator-associated pneumonia in low-resource settings in India

Shaping Your College Application

Shaping Your College Application

By Paromita Pain July 2021

Tips from admissions officials on how to craft a compelling application package.

The Power of Paint

The Power of Paint

By Michael Gallant January 2020

American artist Augustina Droze created socially meaningful artworks and murals in India, during her Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship.

Research Your Options

Research Your Options

By Steve Fox July 2021

Tips on how to find the right higher education institution or program.

Developing Leaders Through Diversity and Inclusion

Developing Leaders Through Diversity and…

By Steven Radelet and Erwin Tiongson August 2021

Steven Radelet (left) is Director of the Global Human Development Program at Georgetown University. Erwin Tiongson (right) is the Deputy Director of the Global Human Development Program at Georgetown University.

The Poet and the Pulitzer

The Poet and the Pulitzer

By Michael Gallant November 2018

Award-winning writer Vijay Seshadri discusses the writing process, and the mysteries inherent in crafting world-renowned poetry.

Connecting Global Media

Connecting Global Media

By Candice Yacono May 2020

U.S. State Department’s and Film Independent’s Global Media Makers exchange program connects Indian film professionals with U.S. experts.

Building Communities for Success

Building Communities for Success

By Maria T. Madison July 2021

Maria T. Madison is the Associate Dean for Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University. Photograph courtesy Brandeis University

A Fruitful Venture

A Fruitful Venture

By Michael Gallant October 2021

Purnima Khandelwal is the co-founder and CEO of InI Farms, which has a strong focus on efficient operations, equal pay and treatment for women, and farming practices that are environmentally safe and sustainable. Photograph courtesy Purnima Khandelwal

Energizing Gender Equity

Energizing Gender Equity

By Paromita Pain March 2021

USAID’s Engendering Utilities program works with organizations in male-dominated industries to increase employment opportunities for women and improve gender equality in the workplace.

Creating Conversations Through Theater

Creating Conversations Through Theater

By Candice Yacono January 2019

Vinita Sud Belani’s theater company, EnActe Arts, works to increase representation of South Asians in theater.

Yellow Rooms of Learning

Yellow Rooms of Learning

By Paromita Pain May 2020

AIRSWEEE participant Kshama Hastak’s Sarthak Foundation provides free-of-cost education to children from economically disadvantaged sections of society.

The Advancement of LGBTQI+ Rights in the U.S.

The Advancement of LGBTQI+ Rights…

By Lauren Monsen January 2021

Safeguarding the rights of LGBTQI+ people in the U.S. is part of a tradition of ensuring minority rights that is entwined with U.S. history.

The Spirit of Recycling

The Spirit of Recycling

By Michael Gallant May 2020

IVLP alumnus Mathew Jose’s multifaceted waste management enterprise Paperman moves India toward greater sustainability.

Transcending Borders Through Art

Transcending Borders Through Art

By Candice Yacono October 2021

Rina Banerjee draws on her personal history as an immigrant for her artistic work, which focuses on ethnicity, race, migration and diasporic histories.

Gender Equity Builds Better Businesses

Gender Equity Builds Better Businesses

By Michael Gallant October 2021

Research supports the idea that empowering women benefits everyone. A 2016 report by the McKinsey Global Institute stated that if every country could enhance the number of women in business leadership, the world could generate trillions of dollars in higher income.

Filming Gender Complexities

Filming Gender Complexities

By Paromita Pain July 2020

Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence fellow Harjant Gill aims to deconstruct the concept of masculinity in India through his films.

Endorsing Social Innovations

Endorsing Social Innovations

By Jason Chiang May 2020

Nexus Incubator-trained LetsEndorse offers a collaborative ecosystem to social innovators and connects them with other stakeholders to benefit communities.

Telling Stories Through Dance

Telling Stories Through Dance

By Paromita Pain January 2019

Preeti Vasudevan helps build a cultural bridge between India and the United States using traditional and contemporary styles of performing arts.

Solving Water Woes

Solving Water Woes

By Michael Gallant May 2020

The innovative Bhungroo irrigation system, developed by Fulbright Scholar Trupti Jain’s social enterprise, helps farmers prosper in the face of climate change.

Digital Tools Empower Efforts for Gender Equality

Digital Tools Empower Efforts for…

By Michael Gallant March 2021

Fulbright-Nehru Fellow Meena Pillai explores how the growth of digital communications empowers activists to work for women’s rights.

Solar Solutions

Solar Solutions

By Natasa Milas October 2021

Khethworks builds reliable, solar-powered irrigation systems that enable small-plot farmers to cultivate their land throughout the year and generate more income.

Deepwater Drones

Deepwater Drones

By Jason Chiang November 2018

Sampriti Bhattacharyya has developed underwater drones that could help in rescue missions and explorations, as well as prevent radiation leakage under the sea.

A New Frontier in Space

A New Frontier in Space

By Candice Yacono September 2020

NISAR, a joint Earth-observing mission between NASA and ISRO, aims to measure changes in our planet's surface and study natural hazards and global environmental change.

Reaching for the Stars

Reaching for the Stars

By Natasa Milas January 2018

Indian American astrophysicist Madhulika Guhathakurta talks about her interest in astrophysics and her incredible body of work at NASA.

Empowering the Future

Empowering the Future

By Paromita Pain September 2020

USAID India’s Greening the Grid program aims to integrate large-scale, variable renewable energy into India's existing power grid.

Exploring Mentorship Networks

Exploring Mentorship Networks

By Paromita Pain September 2021

Fulbright-Nehru fellow Lauren Week researched the different aspects of mentorship and its potential influence on India’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Solar Loan Program for India’s Small Businesses

Solar Loan Program for India’s…

By Jason Chiang August 2021

USAID and DFC’s loan program to finance rooftop solar in India will expand access to reliable sources of clean and affordable power.

Smart Power

Smart Power

By Burton Bollag August 2021

Smart Power for Advancing Reliability and Connectivity (SPARC) is helping increase the efficiency and reliability of India’s power grid, promote clean energy use, and combat the climate crisis.

Recycling Carbon for Sustainability

Recycling Carbon for Sustainability

By Candice Yacono October 2021

LanzaTech’s technology recycles waste carbon into useful products, helping mitigate greenhouse gases and promoting energy security.

The Power of Prediction

The Power of Prediction

By Michael Gallant September 2020

Indian farmers can navigate weather-related risks by getting early warnings from automated weather stations, set up through a partnership between USAID India and Skymet Weather Services.

Developing Resilience to Climate Change

Developing Resilience to Climate Change

By Paromita Pain June 2021

A project funded by USAID / India promotes climate-smart agricultural practices and technologies to build a sustainable food production system.

Poems and Performances

Poems and Performances

By Trevor Laurence Jockims November 2018

Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay, Nashville’s first Youth Poet Laureate, talks about her journey, the future of poetry and the power of narration.

Indian Classics for American Palates

Indian Classics for American Palates

By Steve Fox September 2017

The mother-daughter duo of Anita Jaisinghani and Ajna Jai is taking Indian food mainstream for American audiences through their Pondicheri restaurants.

A New Direction for Solar Efficiency

A New Direction for Solar…

By Jason Chiang March 2021

Renkube, a Bengaluru-based start-up, has developed a mechanism which can increase the efficiency of solar panels by redirection of sunlight and contribute to lowering of carbon footprints.

Science, Technology, Environment, and Space

Science, Technology, Environment, and Space

January 2021

The importance of our shared leadership will only grow in the coming decades as we work together to address opportunities such as artificial intelligence and space exploration, and challenges such as ensuring clean air, providing access to clean water, and protecting wildlife.

Building Capacity to Tackle Climate Change

Building Capacity to Tackle Climate…

By Steve Fox March 2021

Fulbright-Nehru Fellow Dr. Sonja Klinsky works on building analytic capacity to enable climate action in ways that also address human development needs.

Studying Coral Reefs

Studying Coral Reefs

By Natasa Milas January 2021

Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellow Afreen Hussain assesses the impact of climate change and human disturbances on coral reefs to assist in the conservation of this highly vulnerable ecosystem.

Bending the Curve

Bending the Curve

By Veerabhadran Ramanathan May 2021

The strategic partnership between India and the United States can drive urgent progress in this critical decade for climate action.

Smart Cancer Screening

Smart Cancer Screening

By Ranjita Biswas March 2020

Millennium Alliance awardee Aindra Systems’ CervAstra utilizes artificial intelligence to provide smart, fast and affordable screening for cervical cancer.

Health Buddy

Health Buddy

By Natasa Milas March 2020

Fulbright-Nehru Student Researcher Hannah Lider focused on defining the challenges of current hemoglobin measuring devices and designing a data storage bangle for effective antenatal care in India’s rural areas.

Tech Tools to Combat TB

Tech Tools to Combat TB

By Burton Bollag August 2021

A USAID-funded project is using artificial intelligence to help India overcome some of the biggest problems in eliminating tuberculosis.

Promoting Health Through Digital Tools

Promoting Health Through Digital Tools

By Paromita Pain March 2020

USAID-funded Project Samvad communicates best practices related to health and nutrition through videos and other digital tools.

Building Health Infrastructure and Social Support

Building Health Infrastructure and Social…

By Hillary Hoppock June 2021

The U.S. government-supported clinics in Hyderabad and Imphal provide the transgender community access to medical and psychosocial services in a stigma-free environment.

People-to-People Ties

People-to-People Ties

January 2021

Strong people-to-people ties between the United States and India date back over 200 years, to the earliest days of the United States and well before India’s independence.  

In the Footsteps of Dr. King

In the Footsteps of Dr.…

By Kimberly Gyatso November 2016

Honor history and equality with a trip to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site.

The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot

By Carrie Loewenthal Massey November 2017

American cuisine reflects the nation’s diversity and the influence of immigrant groups. 

Empowering Awesome Entrepreneurs

Empowering Awesome Entrepreneurs

By Steve Fox August 2021

The U.S. State Department’s Academy for Women Entrepreneurs program trained women entrepreneurs in Northeast India to grow their ventures, raise capital and network with fellow business owners.

Evolving Economic Bond

Evolving Economic Bond

By Michael Gallant November 2020

Business collaborations with the United States, which include sharing of best practices and expertise, have helped India transform into a force to be reckoned with in the global economy.

Opening Doors to Global Learning

Opening Doors to Global Learning

By Michael Gallant July 2021

Indians represent a vital population of international students in the United States and bring critical and diverse perspectives to their institutions.

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