Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship

The competition is closed for the 2017-2018 academic year. The next round of competition is likely to be announced in February/March 2017.

 

Background

In a September 2014 Joint Statement, the President of the United States of America and the Prime Minister of India launched a new U.S.-India Climate Fellowship Program to build long-term capacity to address climate change related issues in both countries.

 

In pursuance of the Joint Statement, the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of India, desiring to promote further mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States of America and the Republic of India by a wider exchange of knowledge and professional talents, intend to work in partnership to build long-term capacity in the United States and India by engaging scientific and technical research scholars and professionals from both countries related to climate research and education through the launch of the Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship.

 

The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) administers the Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship on behalf of both the governments.

 

Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowships are offered for:
  • Doctoral Research: These fellowships are designed for Indian scholars who are registered for a Ph.D. at 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 the early stages of their research careers in India. Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowships will provide opportunities to talented faculty and researchers to strengthen their research capacities. Postdoctoral fellows will have access to some of the finest resources in their areas of interest and will help build long-term collaborative relationships with U.S. faculty and institutions. These fellowships are for eight to twelve months.
Affiliation

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

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.

 

Eligibility Requirements


Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship for Doctoral Research

 

In addition to the General Prerequisites:

  • Applicants should have conducted 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. at an Indian institution at least one year prior to August 1, 2016. In your online application form, one of the referees should be your Ph.D. supervisor. S/he should comment on your research work and the usefulness of the fellowship, and indicate the Ph.D. registration date and topic;
  • This grant is intended for Ph.D. students to conduct research essential to their dissertations/thesis. Therefore, an applicant's expected Ph.D. thesis submission date should not be earlier than three months after his/her grant end date. For example, if May 2018 is the expected grant end date, applicants cannot submit their thesis before August 2018. Please indicate the Ph.D. registration date and the expected Ph.D. thesis submission date in the " Applicant Annexure.
  • 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 should upload a 'writing sample' such as a copy of an article or paper published/presented or extracts from the Master's/M.Phil. thesis in the online application form.

Note: These fellowships are for pre-doctoral level research. Applicants with Ph.D. degrees or those at the final stage of Ph.D. thesis submission will not be considered.
 

Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship for Postdoctoral Research

 

In addition to the General Prerequisites:

  • Applicants should have been awarded a Ph.D. degree within the past four years. Applicants must have obtained a Ph.D. degree between July 15, 2012 and July 14, 2016. Applicants are required to upload their Ph.D. degree certificate/provisional Ph.D. certificate in the online application;
  • Applicants must be published in reputed journals and demonstrate evidence of superior academic and professional achievement. Please upload a recent significant publication (copy of paper/article) in the online application; and
  • 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.

Note: In your application, you are required to indicate the period in which you can complete your proposed project in the United States. Please determine your grant duration carefully. Should you be selected for a grant, it will be for the period you specified in your application. The duration cannot be changed.
 

How to Apply


Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship for Doctoral Research

 

Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship for Postdoctoral Research

 

Application Deadline: July 15, 2016

 

Timeline and Placement Process

March 1, 2016 Program announcement and application form available online
July 15, 2016 Application deadline for 2017-2018 awards
Mid-August 2016 Screening committee/field-specific experts review applications and shortlist candidates for interviews
Late-September 2016 National interviews of short-listed candidates in Delhi
Late-September 2016 Principal and alternate nominees are notified that they are recommended. Doctoral research nominees take TOEFL.
End-October 2016

 

Applications of recommended candidates are forwarded to the Institute of International Education (IIE), New York/Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), Washington, D.C. for placement at U.S. institutions.

April-May 2017 Placement confirmations
May 2017 Pre-Departure Orientation
August-September 2017 Program begins

 

Important:

  • 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.

 

Click here for a printable version of the Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship program announcement.