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Fulbright Kalam Climate Fellowship 2025

 

USIEF announces Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship 2025-26 for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Research

 

Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship – United States-India Education Foundation (USIEF) invites applications from eligible candidates for Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Research 2025-26

 

The Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowships are designed to build long-term capacity to address climate change-related issues in India and the U.S. 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 24 months

 

Doctoral Research is designed for Indian scholars who are registered for a PhD. at an Indian institution. These fellowships are for six to nine months. 

 

Interested candidates can check the post below for more details on Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship 2025.

 

Fellowship Details

  • Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowships are offered for:

Doctoral Research

  • These fellowships are designed for Indian scholars, who are registered for PhD 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 the early stages of their research career.
  • 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

  • Doctoral Research : These fellowships provide J-1 visa support, a monthly stipend, Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges per U.S. Government guidelines, round-trip economy class air travel between India and the U.S., a modest settling-in allowance, and a professional allowance. Selected visiting student researchers will have opportunities to audit non-degree courses, conduct research and gain practical work experience in suitable settings in the U.S.
  • Postdoctoral Research : These fellowships provide J-1 visa support, a monthly stipend, Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges per U.S. Government guidelines, round-trip economy class air travel between India and the U.S., a modest settling-in allowance, and a professional allowance.
  • 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 per cent of the grant period. Flex grantees are not eligible for dependent benefits.

 

Important Dates

  • Application Deadlines : July 15, 2024, 23:59:59 hrs (IST)
  • Field-specific experts review applications : September 2024
  • USIEF informs the applicants about the review outcome : Mid-November 2024
  • National interviews of short-listed candidates : Late November 2024
  • USIEF notifies principal and alternate nominees. Doctoral research nominees take TOEFL : December 2024
  • USIEF notifies finalists : March/April 2025
  • Pre-Departure Orientation : May/June 2025
  • Program begins : August/September 2025

 

Eligibility Criteria Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship 2025

General Prerequisites

The applicant:

  • 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 not be residing in U.S. during the recruitment and placement cycle (February 2024-July 2025);
  • Indian citizens with active permanent resident status in foreign countries are not eligible to apply;
  • must 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.;
  • must inform USIEF well in advance if the applicant needs to travel abroad (e.g., conference, fellowship etc.) during the application cycle Feb 2024 – July 2025;
  • must be eligible for leave, if employed;
  • 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.
  • Note: Preference will be given to candidates who have not had extensive recent U.S. experience. Some fellowship programs may have prerequisites and guidelines in addition to those described above. Please review the eligibility criteria for specific fellowships carefully.

 

In addition to the General Prerequisites

 

Doctoral Research

  • Applicants 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. Applicants must be registered for a Ph.D. at an Indian institution on or before November 1, 2023.
  • This grant is intended for Ph.D. students to conduct research essential to their dissertations/thesis. Therefore, the expected Ph.D. thesis submission date should at least be three months after the Fulbright-Kalam grant end date. For example, if May 2024 is the grant end date, the applicant cannot submit his/her thesis before August 2024. Please indicate the Ph.D. registration date and the expected Ph.D. thesis submission date in the Applicant Annexure. The applicant can download the Applicant Annexure from the USIEF website;
  • If the applicant is employed, s/he must follow the instructions carefully regarding employer’s endorsement.

 

Postdoctoral Research

  • Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree within the past four years. S/he must have obtained a Ph.D. degree between September 15, 2023 and September 14, 2023. The applicants are required to upload his/her Ph.D. degree certificate/provisional Ph.D. certificate on the online application;
  • Applicants must have a publication in reputed journals and demonstrate evidence of superior academic and professional achievement.
  • If an applicant is employed, please follow the instructions carefully regarding employer’s endorsement.

 

Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship Application Process 2025

Doctoral Research

 

  • Applications must be submitted online at:
  • Please carefully review the Application Instructions before starting your online application.
  • Please refer to the Applicant Checklist before submitting the application.
  • In addition, you must complete and upload the following documents on your online application:

 

Postdoctoral Research

  • Applications must be submitted online at:
  • Please carefully review the Application Instructions before starting your online application.
  • Please refer to the Applicant Checklist before submitting the application.
  • In addition, you must complete and upload the following documents on your online application:

For more details and apply please visit the official website

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