Fostering Stability and Economic Growth 

Fostering Stability and Economic Growth 

By Giriraj Agarwal February 2024

Gaurav Saini, a participant of the U.S. State Department-sponsored Quad Leaders Lead On-Demand program, speaks about the role of the Quad in promoting security and prosperity in the region. 

The Indian Pilgrimage of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Indian Pilgrimage of Martin…

February 2024

Glimpses of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s visit to India in 1959.

Activism Through a Camera 

Activism Through a Camera 

By Zahoor Hussain Bhat  January 2024

American photographer and disability activist Nolan Ryan Trowe talks about his work and recent visit to Hyderabad. 

Partners for Tech

Partners for Tech

By Charvi Arora  January 2024

U.S. Principal Deputy National Security Advisor Jonathan Finer speaks at the 8th edition of the Global Technology Summit by Carnegie India.  

Sewing for Sustainability

Sewing for Sustainability

By Zahoor Hussain Bhat January 2024

U.S. Fulbright-Nehru fellow and artist Rachel Breen delved into the intersection of craft traditions, textiles and sustainability during her project in India.

Building Visibility, Shaping Narratives

Building Visibility, Shaping Narratives

By Deepanjali Kakati January 2024

In collaboration with the U.S. Consulate General Mumbai, The Queer Muslim Project’s creative writing program helped young writers hone their skills in an inclusive environment.

Driving Health and Social Action

Driving Health and Social Action

By Deepanjali Kakati January 2024

USAID/India’s Yash Fellowship Program aims to cultivate youth leadership addressing critical challenges associated with the well-being of young people.

Using Words to Explore Worlds 

Using Words to Explore Worlds 

By Jamie Barber  January 2024

Jamie Barber explored intersections between science and creative writing during her Fulbright-Nehru fellowship in India.

Fostering New Ideas

Fostering New Ideas

By P. Mary Vidya Porselvi January 2024

A Fulbright-Nehru fellow talks about how the exchange program inspired new literary works and initiatives.

Building Mutual Understanding Through Languages 

Building Mutual Understanding Through Languages 

By Giriraj Agarwal  December 2023

CLS alumna Tara Giangrande builds her expertise in South Asia through Hindi studies in India and the United States.  

Preserve, Sustain and Learn 

Preserve, Sustain and Learn 

By Michael Gallant  December 2023

A grant from the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation is helping to document and preserve the traditions of indigenous communities in Arunachal Pradesh.  

The Masala Hits 

The Masala Hits 

By Michael Gallant  December 2023

Penn Masala, a university a cappella group, brings fusion music from Bollywood and Hollywood to world leaders at the White House. 

Driving Change Through Art 

Driving Change Through Art 

Jason Chiang December 2023

Political cartoonist, writer and illustrator Satwik Gade visited the United States as a Fulbright-Nehru fellow to learn how art can drive social justice. 

Strumming for Social Change 

Strumming for Social Change 

By Krittika Sharma December 2023

A U.S. State Department-sponsored scholarship program brings together musicians from low-income backgrounds who drive social change and promote inclusive education. 

Climate Change and Disability

Climate Change and Disability

By Zahoor Hussain Bhat December 2023

Jason Strother, a U.S. Fulbright Scholar and multimedia journalist, explores how climate change affects persons with disabilities.

Nurturing Ties Through Academia

Nurturing Ties Through Academia

By Steve Fox November 2023

An Indian foreign policy expert and academic shares her highlights from a U.S. State Department-sponsored exchange program, SUSI for Scholars.

New Pathways Through Urdu Studies

New Pathways Through Urdu Studies

By Zahoor Hussain Bhat November 2023

AIIS alumna J. Shelby House talks about her journey of learning Urdu and how it changed her academic and professional paths.

Voices of Exchanges

Voices of Exchanges

By Syed Sulaiman Akhtar November 2023

Three IVLP alumni share their experiences from the exchange program.

Examining Historical Sources

Examining Historical Sources

By Zahoor Hussain Bhat November 2023

AIIS alumnus and historian Andrew Howard talks about his journey to learn Urdu and how he uses Urdu sources in his research.

Seeking Change Through Teaching and Activism

Seeking Change Through Teaching and…

By Syed Sulaiman Akhtar November 2023

IVLP alumna Syed Mubin Zehra talks about her work as an academic and an activist.

‘In Lucknow, I Was Surrounded by Urdu’

‘In Lucknow, I Was Surrounded…

By Nikash Harapanahalli November 2023

Learning Urdu empowered Nikash Harapanahalli with a unique voice and agency to express himself.

Learning Urdu to Pursue Career Goals

Learning Urdu to Pursue Career…

By Kubarah Ghias November 2023

An Indian American psychology student learns Urdu in Lucknow to become a bilingual therapist.

Learning Urdu in the United States

Learning Urdu in the United…

By Mariam Haris, Hisham Bhatti, Hannah and Musa Subramanium September 2023

University of Washington students learn Urdu and experience the rich culture of South Asia in Seattle.

Stories That Cross Borders 

Stories That Cross Borders 

By Charvi Arora  September 2023

Fulbright-Nehru Fellow Kavery Kaul talks about her documentary, “The Bengali,” and the ties between South Asians and African Americans in the United States. 

Building Bonds Through Music  

Building Bonds Through Music  

By Charvi Arora September 2023

Sitar player Rishab Rikhiram Sharma talks about his tryst with the instrument and on pursuing it in the United States. 

Developing Community Leaders

Developing Community Leaders

By Zahoor Hussain Bhat and Sana Sethi September 2023

Alumni of RELO’s Access program showcase their community service projects.

Coming Together Through Dance and Music

Coming Together Through Dance and…

By Michael Gallant September 2023

Artistic collaboration between an Indian dancer and American musician forges bonds of creativity and innovation.

Cross-Cultural Conversations  

Cross-Cultural Conversations  

By Anesce Dremen  September 2023

An American Fulbright-Nehru English teaching assistant shares her experience of exploring India through language and culture. 

Singing for Gender Equality  

Singing for Gender Equality  

By Hillary Hoppock  September 2023

Fulbright-Nehru Fellow Christian James studies the tradition of folk songs in the Kangra Valley and how a nonprofit leverages it to promote gender equality.  

Leading by Example

Leading by Example

By Krittika Sharma September 2023

A RELO-trained mentor teacher helps her colleagues in Delhi government schools teach English in a fun, engaging and effective way.

‘I Watch Hindi Cartoons With My Daughter!’

‘I Watch Hindi Cartoons With…

By Karan Mudgal September 2023

Learning Hindi gave Karan Mudgal, an Indian American, a greater level of confidence in navigating throughout India.

Discovering India, Hindi and a Career

Discovering India, Hindi and a…

By Philip Lutgendorf September 2023

In the United States, AIIS language programs are considered the “gold standard” for learning Indian languages, says Philip Lutgendorf.

A Uniquely Rewarding Experience

A Uniquely Rewarding Experience

By Sophia England and Vishal Ramola

A desire for better communication with Hindi speakers motivated Sophia England and Vishal Ramola to learn the language for four semesters at Boston University.

Hindi Programs at AIIS

Hindi Programs at AIIS

By Achyuta Nand Singh September 2023

American students learn Hindi in a community environment in Jaipur.

Connecting the United States and India Through Hindi

Connecting the United States and…

By Giriraj Agarwal September 2023

The Hindi program at the American Institute of Indian Studies helps American students develop proficiency in the four skills of language use: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Hindi at Berkeley

Hindi at Berkeley

By Nora Koa (Melnikova) September 2023

An overview of the Hindi program at the University of California, Berkeley.

‘A Fulbright Scholarship Changed My Life’

‘A Fulbright Scholarship Changed My…

By Giriraj Agarwal September 2023

An exchange program took Shilpa Parnami to a career in Hindi teaching.

Teaching the Language of Cultural Engagement

Teaching the Language of Cultural…

By Giriraj Agarwal September 2023

The recognition of Hindi as a critical language has given institutional support to the Hindi programs at American universities.

Building Scholarship Through Languages

Building Scholarship Through Languages

By Giriraj Agarwal September 2023

Roma Patel is building her art research skills by studying Hindi in India through U.S. government language programs.

Celebrating the New Delhi Overseas Operations Field Office’s 60th Anniversary

Celebrating the New Delhi Overseas…

 By Charlotte Giles September 2023

New Delhi's Overseas Operations Field Office acquires, catalogues and distributes library materials from South Asia to researchers globally.

Calling All ‘Disease Detectives’

Calling All ‘Disease Detectives’

By Krittika Sharma August 2023

U.S. Government-supported epidemiology training equips public health officials with the skills to detect and respond to health threats in real time.

Building Bridges

Building Bridges

By Charvi Arora July 2023

U.S. Ambassador to India Eric Garcetti on what excites him the most about the U.S.-India relationship.

Walking the Talk for the Transgender Community

Walking the Talk for the…

By Jason Chiang June 2023

Social activist and IVLP alumna Jaya advocates for transgender rights, care and HIV/AIDS prevention in India. 

A Life of Activism

A Life of Activism

By Michael Gallant June 2023

IVLP alumna and activist Rudrani Chhetri works to create a safe and inclusive world for India’s transgender community.

Navigating the Gender Lines

Navigating the Gender Lines

By Jason Chiang June 2023

IVLP alumnus Manak Matiyani works on building inclusivity and youth leadership.

Building Fact-Checking Skills

Building Fact-Checking Skills

By Pradeep Kumar Bodapatla May 2023

U.S. Consulate General Hyderabad and Osmania University train Telugu TV journalists to bust fake news. Pradeep Kumar Bodapatla says the training helped him deliver quality news.

Combating Disinformation

Combating Disinformation

By Steve Fox May 2023

IVLP alumna Shruti Pandalai talks about the challenges of dealing with fake news and misleading information.

Navigating the Information Landscape

Navigating the Information Landscape

By Natasa Milas May 2023

IVLP alumnus Prateek Waghre talks about the changing information ecosystem and the role of the media and academia in keeping news real.

Driving Climate Action

Driving Climate Action

By Krittika Sharma April 2023

A U.S. State Department-funded program brings together the brightest minds from five South Asian countries to fight the climate crisis.

A (S)Quad of Good Fellows

A (S)Quad of Good Fellows

By Paromita Pain March 2023

Three Indian Quad Fellows use their STEM education to find innovative solutions for social good.

Energy-Efficient Railways

Energy-Efficient Railways

By Natasa Milas March 2023

USAID is working with the Indian Railways on the network’s transition to net zero energy by 2030.

Secretary Blinken in India

Secretary Blinken in India

March 2023

Glimpses of Secretary of State Antony Blinken's visit to India

Making Communities Water Secure

Making Communities Water Secure

By Natasa Milas February 2023

A water-from-air kiosk launched by USAID and Maithri Aquatech makes clean water a shared resource.

Lessons in Leadership

Lessons in Leadership

By Charvi Arora February 2023

The Gandhi-King Fellowship brings together 20 young civic leaders from India and the United States to lead by example.

For the Love of Hockey

For the Love of Hockey

By Krittika Sharma February 2023

Five girls from Jharkhand went for a three-week hockey camp in an exchange program at Middlebury College in Vermont.

Mars Rover ‘Opportunity’ in Chennai

Mars Rover ‘Opportunity’ in Chennai

January 2023

A full-scale model of NASA’s Mars Rover “Opportunity,” built by Cornell University students, has been on display at the American Center in Chennai.

Mapping the Complexities of Aging

Mapping the Complexities of Aging

By Giriraj Agarwal January 2023

An NIH-funded study is helping understand dementia and inform policy development for aging populations in India.

Sharing the Taste of India

Sharing the Taste of India

By Michael Gallant January 2023

A California company’s aromatic single-origin spices promote sustainability as well as understanding about Indian cooking and culture.

Stronger Partnerships for Greater Development

Stronger Partnerships for Greater Development

By Paromita Pain January 2023

A father-son duo maps how USAID’s work has evolved and helped strengthen the U.S.-India partnership.

U.S. SecNav Del Toro on Defense and Start-ups 

U.S. SecNav Del Toro on…

By Krittika Sharma January 2023

U.S. Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro speaks on the intersection of start-ups, climate action and defense during his interaction with students and entrepreneurs. 

Digitizing Small Businesses

Digitizing Small Businesses

By Burton Bollag November 2022

USAID is empowering small and medium enterprises to manage their business operations efficiently through crucial digital skills.

Coming Full Circle

Coming Full Circle

By Krittika Sharma January 2023

U.S. diplomat Sandhya Gupta talks about her return to India more than 20 years after her Fulbright fellowship in the country. 

Exemplifying Shared Ambitions

Exemplifying Shared Ambitions

By Leigh Hartman January 2023

Numerous Indian Americans came to the U.S. as students before going on to lead major U.S. tech firms.

Lucknow’s Energy-Efficient Housing

Lucknow’s Energy-Efficient Housing

By Steve Fox September 2022

USAID works with the Lucknow Development Authority to construct sustainable and energy-efficient houses.

Balancing Development With Conservation

Balancing Development With Conservation

By Steve Fox January 2023

U.S. and Indian researchers study ways to protect wildlife corridors allowing tigers mobility to survive and thrive. 

A (Ful)Bright Future

A (Ful)Bright Future

By Krittika Sharma January 2023

Three Fulbright-Nehru fellows talk about their research in India and the incomparable exposure the exchange program offers.

Unlocking Superpowers

Unlocking Superpowers

By Monisa Nadeem and Krittika Sharma January 2023

Fans at the Delhi Comic Con remember how childhood American superheroes inspired them through very human struggles.

Empowering Trafficking Survivors

Empowering Trafficking Survivors

By Megan McDrew December 2022

Survivors learn English and share their stories to raise awareness at the grassroots level to fight human trafficking.

Access-ing Space Through Education

Access-ing Space Through Education

Paromita Pain December 2022

Four Access program alumni from India learn about space exploration in an exchange program at the University of Alabama.

U.S. Company Champions Women Workers in India

U.S. Company Champions Women Workers…

By ShareAmerica December 2022

Read about Gap Inc., one of the recipients of the State Department's annual Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE).

Survivors to Success Stories

Survivors to Success Stories

Krittika Sharma December 2022

Activist Laxmi Agarwal has changed the narrative around acid attacks. She now helps survivors rebuild their lives.

Celebrating India’s Heritage 

Celebrating India’s Heritage 

November 2022

The United States Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) celebrated 20 years of projects in India in 2022. The United States Mission in India, through AFCP, has partnered with conservation agencies to protect and restore historic sites and intangible cultural heritage, and celebrate India’s diverse cultures and traditions.  

Saving the Song

Saving the Song

By Michael Gallant May 2017

banglanatak dot com and the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation help preserve vital folk music forms of West Bengal and support communities in the process.

Finding Life in a Necropolis

Finding Life in a Necropolis

By Steve Fox May 2017

Archaeological excavations funded by a grant from the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation provides new understanding of the Qutb Shahi Heritage Park in Hyderabad.

Historic Hostel

Historic Hostel

By Natasa Milas May 2017

A grant from the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation helped give a new lease of life to the YMCA’s Student Branch at Lamington Road in Mumbai.

Leaves of History

Leaves of History

By Carrie Loewenthal Massey May 2017

The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation is helping to preserve thousands of relics of India’s past in the United Theological College’s archives.

Restoring Heritage

Restoring Heritage

By Steve Fox May 2017

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture, with the support of the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, has restored the Batashewala Mughal Tomb Complex in New Delhi to its old glory.

Expertspeak on U.S. Student Visas 

Expertspeak on U.S. Student Visas 

October 2022

Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs Donald Heflin shares insights on the visa process and appointments. 

Science Connections 

Science Connections 

October 2022

NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan announces more than 30 new partnerships between U.S. and Indian institutes for deeper ties through bilateral research. 

Women Who Paved the Way

Women Who Paved the Way

By Michael Gallant October 2022

Meet the first Indian women to ever earn medical degrees in the United States. 

Tuk-Tuk Diplomacy 

Tuk-Tuk Diplomacy 

By Krittika Sharma  September 2022

Three American diplomats discover Delhi in their personalized autorickshaws—one honk at a time. 

Cricket Finds a Home in America

Cricket Finds a Home in…

By ShareAmerica September 2022

Cricket is growing in popularity in the United States, with plans for Major League Cricket in the next few years with teams in cities including Dallas, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

A Passion for Heritage

A Passion for Heritage

By Ranjita Biswas January 2019

DakshinaChitra, a living history museum founded by Deborah Thiagarajan in Chennai, preserves and promotes the rich cultural heritage of South India.

Connecting Communities

Connecting Communities

By Michael Gallant January 2019

From West Bengal to Washington, D.C., young artists and professionals learn from each other through a groundbreaking, heritage-themed exchange program.

Weaving Cultural Bonds

Weaving Cultural Bonds

By Natasa Milas January 2019

Fulbrighter Kanchan Wali-Richardson used her experience in Varanasi to design the River Sari series, a homage to the Ganges River.

Restoring a Garden Tomb

Restoring a Garden Tomb

By Paromita Pain January 2019

The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation has helped restore the garden tomb of 18th-century poetess and courtesan Mah Laqa Bai Chanda in Hyderabad.

Reviving History

Reviving History

By Jason Chiang January 2019

A grant from the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation is helping to preserve the Medhi Talao Ensemble at Champaner-Pavagadh in Gujarat.

Preserving a Place of Pilgrimage

Preserving a Place of Pilgrimage

By Michael Gallant January 2019

A grant from the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation helped document and preserve Varanasi’s historic Balaji Ghat.

Learning the Language of Cultures

Learning the Language of Cultures

By Carrie Loewenthal Massey August 2022

American high school students learn Hindi and experience Indian culture through an intensive exchange program.

Echoes of the Green Revolution

Echoes of the Green Revolution

By Michael Gallant July 2022

Decades ago, international collaboration reinvented India’s relationship to food production. Today, the country's agricultural transformation continues to impact how the world produces its food.

Collaborations in Health Care

Collaborations in Health Care

By Suparna Mukherji March 2020

U.S. Health Attaché to India Dr. Preetha Rajaraman talks about U.S.-India partnerships on health innovations to address some of the biggest health-related challenges of today’s world.

Cultural Ambassador

Cultural Ambassador

By Ranjita Biswas September 2021

A teacher and cultural ambassador, Pooja Ranade helps to build bridges and forge long-lasting relationships during her Fulbright fellowship in the United States.

Inside the ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Fighter Jet

Inside the ‘Top Gun: Maverick’…

By Michael Gallant May 2022

Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet is an innovative military asset, a global pop culture icon, and has ties to both the United States and India.

A Deeper Dialogue

A Deeper Dialogue

By Michael Gallant November 2020

At the third annual U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue, the United States and India discussed a collaborative path toward security and prosperity.

Himalayan Hump Fliers

Himalayan Hump Fliers

By Steve Fox June 2022

During World War II, the United States lost hundreds of aircraft over the “Hump” route in the eastern Himalayas. The United States and India have worked together to conduct recovery missions to bring the missing servicemen home and have reiterated their commitment to these important missions.

U.S.-India Defense Exercises

U.S.-India Defense Exercises

Retrospective Edition, 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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Nehru Visit

The Nehru Visit

Retrospective Edition, January 2022

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.

Working Together, Making History

Working Together, Making History

By Laurinda Keys Long Retrospective Edition, January 2022

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 Retrospective Edition, January 2022

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.

How America Honored Tagore

How America Honored Tagore

By Sujit Mukherjee Retrospective Edition, January 2022

An Indian scholar recalls the enthusiastic celebration of the poet’s centenary in the United States in 1961 and his research for Tagore memorabilia.

Visit to India

Visit to India

Retrospective Edition, January 2022

During her nine-day visit to India in March 1962, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy visited six cities in Northern India.

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 July 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 May 2021

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

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.