Abdul Kalam Scholarship 2024 – Eligibility, Awards & Application Process

Abdul Kalam Scholarship, named after the former President of India, is not just offered by a single organisation. It is also offered by different state governments, educational institutions and other organisations in order to commemorate the memories of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and help accomplish the mission of making India a 100% literate country by providing educational opportunities to students. The scholarships or fellowships offer financial support to all the deserving and needy candidates so that they could complete their education.

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This article covers the important details of all the scholarships that are named after APJ Kalam. Students will find the list of scholarships/fellowships along with their application period, rewards, eligibility and application process here. Given below is the table with the list of all the scholarships named Abdul Kalam Scholarship.

Complete List of Abdul Kalam Scholarship 2024

Scholarship Name Provider Application Period*
APJ Abdul Kalam Scholarship, Kerala Department of Minority Welfare, Government of Kerala August to November
Dr Abdul Kalam Scholarship for Medical/Engineering Aspirants Buddy4Study India Foundation November to March
Dr Abdul Kalam International Undergraduate Scholarships University of Sydney During Semester-I in August and Semester-II in May
Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Summer Training Program Academy of Scientific & Innovative Research (AcSIR) December to January
Abdul Kalam Technology Innovation National Fellowship Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB) December
President APJ Abdul Kalam Postgraduate Fellowship University of South Florida (USF) January to March
Fulbright Kalam Climate Fellowship United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) January to July
Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE Awards National Innovation Foundation April to August

* The application period mentioned above is tentative and subject to change at the discretion of the scholarship provider.

Abdul Kalam Scholarship 2024 – Awards

The candidates selected for any of the Abdul Kalam Scholarship funded by different organisations receive financial assistance to pursue a quality education. Find below the details of rewards offered to the students by each of the scholarships/fellowships mentioned above.

Award Details of Abdul Kalam Scholarship

Scholarship Name Reward
APJ Abdul Kalam Scholarship, Kerala The selected students receive a scholarship amount of ₹6,000 per annum for pursuing a 3-year diploma course in government/aided polytechnics.
Dr Abdul Kalam Scholarship for Medical/Engineering Aspirants ₹20,000
Dr Abdul Kalam International Undergraduate Scholarships This scholarship covers 50% of the tuition fees of the selected candidates for one year only.
Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Summer Training Program
  • A total of 20 candidates are selected for this program and receive a fellowship of worth ₹ 25,000 for a period of 2 months.
  • Candidates also get a travel allowance of ₹ 5,000.
Abdul Kalam Technology Innovation National Fellowship
  • Under this Abdul Kalam fellowship, the candidates receive a fellowship amount of ₹ 25,000 per month.
  • The selected candidates also get a research grant of ₹15,00,000 per annum to be used for engineering, research and innovation activities including consumables, manpower hiring, national/international travel for research purposes, etc.
  • Also, an overhead amount of ₹1,00,000 per annum is given to the hosting institutes.
President APJ Abdul Kalam Postgraduate Fellowship
  • The selected candidates get a tuition fee waiver for a maximum period of 4 years.
  • The students also receive a stipend of USD 22,000.
  • Also, the University of South Florida pays full tuition (up to 12 credits per semester) for graduate-level credit hours taken at USF that count towards the student’s graduate degree.
Fulbright Kalam Climate Fellowship Under this fellowship offered by USIEF, the selected candidates become eligible to avail multiple benefits such as J-1 visa support, round trip airfare between India and US, a monthly stipend, professional allowance and many more.
Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE Awards The students get to display their projects in an exhibition. Also, the students receive travel expenses of the train.

Abdul Kalam Scholarship 2024 – Eligibility Criteria

Each scholarship/fellowship mentioned in this article ask for different eligibility criteria. These schemes can either be availed by school students, undergraduates or postgraduates. Given below are eligibility conditions that the applicants must fulfil to avail scholarship benefits.

Eligibility Conditions of Abdul Kalam Scholarship

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Scholarship Name Eligibility
APJ Abdul Kalam Scholarship, Kerala
  • This is a minority scholarship and thus can be applied by students belonging to minority communities such as Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist, Parsi and Jain
  • Annual family income must be less than ₹8,00,000
  • Only native of Kerala can apply
  • The applicant must be pursuing diploma courses from government/aided polytechnic on merit basis
  • While disbursing this scholarship, BPL candidates are given preference.
Dr Abdul Kalam Scholarship for Medical/Engineering Aspirants
  • Indian students appearing for national/state level medical/engineering entrance exams are eligible.
  • An applicant must have passed Class 12 board with minimum 55% marks (Those appearing in board exam in 2023 are eligible to apply. However, they will have to present the result-sheet after their results are announced).
  • The annual family income of the candidates must not exceed ₹6,00,000.
Dr Abdul Kalam International Undergraduate Scholarships
  • International students are eligible for this scholarship.
  • The candidates must have an unconditional offer for any UG program in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies at the University of Sydney.
  • A candidate must have completed either an Australian Year 12 qualification or an international senior secondary qualification equivalent to an ATAR of at least 98.
Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Summer Training Program
  • Applicants studying in the first-year MSc program (minimum first-class at pre-MSc degree level) are eligible.
  • The applicants in the third to the pre-final year of the Integrated MSc program or equivalent with a GPA score of 6.0 on a scale of 10 can also apply.
  • First-year students of ME/MTech program or equivalent having a GPA score of 8.0 on a scale of 10 or GPA 7.0 on a scale of 10 for CFT is at B.E/B.Tech level or GATE Score ≥ 600 or NET (Engineering) rank from 1 to 100) can also apply.
  • A candidates studying in BE/B.Tech program or equivalent (with PA 8.0 on a scale of 10 or GPA 7.0 on a scale of 10) are eligible to apply
  • The third to the pre-final year students of Integrated ME/MTech program or equivalent (GPA 8.0 on a scale of 10 OR GPA 7.0 on a scale of 10 for CFTIs or GATE Score ≥600 or NET) are also eligible
Abdul Kalam Technology Innovation National Fellowship
  • The applicants must be Indians working in India in different capacities in the field of engineering at reputed public-funded institutions
  • An applicant must have a bachelor’s degree and a competent professional qualification
  • The candidates must have at least 5 years of service left at the parent organisation as on the date of award of this fellowship
President APJ Abdul Kalam Postgraduate Fellowship
  • The applicants must have completed/completing their graduation from an Indian university
  • An applicant must have submitted the graduate application form of the University of South Florida and have received university ID number before submitting their fellowship application
  • The applicants must be willing to pursue a PhD degree in the following subjects – Applied Anthropology, Applied Physics, Business PhD programs, Cell Biology, Microbiology & Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science & Engineering, Engineering, Criminology, Integrative Biology, Marine Science, and Psychology
Fulbright Kalam Climate Fellowship
  • The applicants must be Indian citizens
  • An applicant must have an excellent academic background
  • The candidates must be proficient in the English language
  • An applicant applying for doctoral research must be registered in a PhD program in India and have conducted adequate research in the relevant field, especially in the identification of resources in India and the U.S.
  • The candidates applying for postdoctoral research must have obtained PhD degree within the past four years
Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE Awards
  • This Abdul Kalam award can be applied by the students of up to Class 12
  • Applicant’s age must not be above 17-18 years
  • The applicants who are out of school the maximum age limit is 17 years

Abdul Kalam Scholarship 2024 – Application Process

Each of the Abdul Kalam scholarship listed in this article has its own application procedure. Most of these scholarships can be applied through the online application system. The table given below tells you about how and where to apply for these scholarships before their deadline end.

Application Process of Abdul Kalam Scholarship

Scholarship Name Application Process
APJ Abdul Kalam Scholarship, Kerala Interested candidates can apply online for this scholarship through the Minority Welfare Scholarships Portal of the state government.
Dr Abdul Kalam Scholarship for Medical/Engineering Aspirants The application for this program can be made through the official website of Buddy4Study
Dr Abdul Kalam International Undergraduate Scholarships The students can apply online through the online application system of the University of Sydney.
Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Summer Training Program The application for this program can be applied online through the official website of AcSIR.
Abdul Kalam Technology Innovation National Fellowship The applicants can send their application/nomination through the Heads of their organisations/institutions.
President APJ Abdul Kalam Postgraduate Fellowship The applicants can send their completed application form through email at KalamFellowship@usf.edu.
Fulbright Kalam Climate Fellowship The candidates can apply online through the Institute of International Education portal.
Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE Awards The students can apply for this award either through online or by email/post.

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