India and US launch Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship

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In order to address the climate change issues in India and the US, the two countries have launched the Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship, an initiative to advance bilateral cooperation on climate change. The new initiative will enable Indian research scholars to work with American institutions in the field,  India and the US

The fellowship, named after the late Indian President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, is jointly funded by both the governments and will enable up to 6 Indian PhD students and post-doctoral researchers to work with US host institutions for a period of 6-12 months.

The fellowship is part of a commitment made by the US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to build long-term capacity to address climate change-related issues in both the countries

The fellowship will be operated by the binational US-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) under the umbrella of the prestigious Fulbright programme. The selected candidates will have affiliation with one U.S. host institution during the grant.

Fellowship details

Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowships are offered for:

Doctoral Research: These fellowships are designed for Indian scholars, who are registered for Ph.D. in an Indian institution. These fellowships are for six to nine months.

Postdoctoral Research: These fellowships are designed for Indian faculty and researchers, who are in an early stages of their research career. The Postdoctoral fellows will have access to some of the finest resources in their area of interest and will help build long-term collaborative relationships with U.S. faculty and institutions. These fellowships are for eight to twelve months.

Grant benefits

These fellowships provide round-trip economy class air tickets between India and the U.S., a monthly stipend, accident and sickness programme for exchanges as per the U.S. government guidelines, a modest settling-in allowance, and a professional allowance.

Eligibility criteria

Educational qualification:

Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship for Doctoral Research

Those interested in applying should have had done adequate research in the relevant field, especially in the identification of resources in India and the U.S., applicants must be registered for a Ph.D. programme in an Indian institution at least one year prior to August 1, 2016. If employed, applicants should follow the instructions carefully regarding employer’s endorsement.

How to apply

The candidates interested in applying must submit their applications online at They are also required to upload a ‘writing sample’, including a copy of an article or paper published/presented or extracts from the Master’s/M.Phil. thesis, in an online application form.


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