Fulbright Kalam Climate Fellowship 2020-21

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EligibilityDoctoral and postdoctoral students
RegionUnited States
AwardMultiple awards

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About the Program


United States‐India Educational Foundation(USIEF) invites applications for Fulbright Kalam Climate Fellowship 2020-21 from students doing research in the identification of resources in the country. The aim of the fellowship is to promote further mutual understanding between the people of two countries by a wider exchange of knowledge and professional talents by intending to partner to build long-term capacity in the United States and India by engaging scientific and technical research scholars from both countries related to climate research and education.

  • Fulbright Kalam Climate Fellowship 2020-21

    The following applicants are eligible for the fellowship: 

    • Must be an Indian citizen and a resident of the country
    • Must have a high academic background
    • Must demonstrate proficiency in the English language
    • Must give an undertaking to return to India after the commencement of the programme
    •  Fellows for doctoral research:
      • Candidate must have conducted adequate research in the relevant field, especially in the identification of resources in India and the U.S. 
      • The candidate must be registered for a PhD at an Indian institution on or before September 1, 2018
    •  Fellows for postdoctoral research:
      • Candidate must have been awarded a PhD degree within the past four years
      • Candidate must have obtained a PhD degree between July 16, 2015, and July 15, 2019
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    The following benefits will be received by the selected fellows:

    • J-1 Visa support
    • Round trip economy class air travel between India and the United States
    • A monthly stipend 
    • Accident and sickness program for exchange as per the United States government guidelines
    • A modest setting in allowance
    • A professional allowance
Important Dates
  • Program announcement and application form available online- January 15, 2019
  • Application deadline for 2020-2021 awards- July 15, 2019 
  • Screening committee/field-specific experts review applications and shortlist candidates for interviews- Mid-August 2019
  • National interviews of shortlisted candidates in Delhi- Early October 2019
  • Principal and alternate nominees are notified that they are recommended. Doctoral Research nominees take TOEFL- Mid-October 2019
  • USIEF forwards applications of recommended candidates to the U.S. for J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) approval and placement- Late October 2019
  • Placement confirmations- April-May 2020  
  • The program begins- August-September 2020
Terms and Conditions
  • Plagiarism in the application or any publications will lead to disqualification.
  • Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
  • Grant extensions and/or transfer of visa sponsorship will not be permitted.
  • In addition, the candidate must complete and upload the following documents for post-doctoral online application:
  • The applicant is required to indicate the period in which s/he can complete his/her proposed project in the United States. Determine the grant duration carefully. If the candidate is selected for a grant, it will be for the period s/he has specified in the application. The duration cannot be changed.
  • The postdoctoral research fellowship is 8 to 12 months long.
  • The doctoral fellowship is 6 to 9 months long.

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