Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowships for Doctoral Research are offered for Indian scholars who have registered for a Ph.D. at an Indian institution. These fellowships are for six to nine months.
The selected candidate will have affiliation with one U.S. host institution during the grant. USIEF strongly recommends all applicants to identify institutions for affiliation and correspond in advance with potential host institutions. If you have a letter of invitation from a U.S. institution, please include it as a part of your online application. The letter of invitation should indicate the duration of your visit, preferably with dates.
Grant Benefits for Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowships for Doctoral Research
These fellowships provide round-trip economy class air travel between India and the U.S., a monthly stipend, Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges per U.S. Government guidelines, a modest settling-in allowance, and a professional allowance.
In case of postdoctoral research grantees, and subject to availability of funds, a dependent allowance and international travel may be provided for one accompanying eligible dependent provided the dependent is with the grantee in the U.S. for at least 80% of the grant period. In case of postdoctoral research grantees, and subject to availability of funds, a dependent allowance and international travel may be provided for one accompanying eligible dependent provided the dependent is with the grantee in the U.S. for at least 80% of the grant period.
Eligibility for Fulbright- Kalam Climate Fellowships for Doctoral Research
• must be a responsible Indian citizen who can contribute to a full and fair picture of the culture and civilization of India, and thereby help to promote understanding and friendship between the peoples of the United States of America and India;
• must be residing in India at the time of application. No application will be accepted from Indians residing, working or studying outside of India;
• should have a high level of academic/professional achievement;
• must demonstrate proficiency in the English language to undertake the proposed project/program and adjust to life in the U.S. The applicant may be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL);
• if shortlisted for an interview, must appear in person for interview at the USIEF office in New Delhi;
• must inform USIEF well in advance if s/he needs to travel abroad (e.g. conference) during the application cycle July – June;
• must be eligible for leave, if employed;
• must be in good health;
• must not be applying for or holding permanent residence (green card) in the United States; and
• must give an undertaking to return to India on the completion of the fellowship
In addition for Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship for Doctoral Research
• Candidates registered for their Ph.D. should 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 Ph.D. at an Indian institution on or before August 1, 2016. In the candidate’s online application form, one of the referees should be the candidate’s Ph.D. supervisor. The supervisor should indicate the Ph.D. registration date and topic. The supervisor should also provide comments on the candidate’s research work and the usefulness of the fellowship. Ph.D. students will conduct research essential to their dissertations or thesis. Therefore, the candidate’s expected Ph.D. thesis submission date should not be earlier than three months after the candidate’s grant end date. For example, if May 2019 is the expected grant end date, the candidate cannot submit their thesis before August 2019. The candidate should indicate the Ph.D. registration date and the expected Ph.D. thesis submission date in the “Applicant Annexure”. The candidate can download the “Applicant Annexure” from the USIEF website;
• If employed, applicants should follow the instructions carefully regarding employer’s endorsement. If applicable, please obtain the endorsement from the appropriate administrative authority on the “Employer’s Endorsement Form”. The employer must indicate that leave will be granted for the fellowship period. Applicants can download the “Employer’s Endorsement Form” from the USIEF website; and
• Applicants should upload a “writing sample,” such as a copy of an article, a paper published or presented, or extracts from the Master’s degree or Master’s of Philosophy thesis in the online application form.
Apply online for Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowships for Doctoral Research
Application deadline: Mid August
For details visit Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowships for Doctoral Research website