Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship

Note: Competition for the 2018-2019 academic year is closed. The next round of competition will be announced in February 2018.


Background

In a September 2014 Joint Statement, the President of the United States of America and the Prime Minister of the Republic of India launched 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 two peoples by a wider exchange of knowledge and professional talents – intend 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 through 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. 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:

 

  • 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.
     

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, 2013 and July 16, 2017. Applicants are required to upload their Ph.D. degree certificate or provisional Ph.D. certificate in the online application;
  • Applicants must be published in reputed journals and demonstrate evidence of superior academic and professional achievement. Applicants should upload a recent significant publication (copy of paper or 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. Applicants can download the “Employer’s Endorsement Form” from the USIEF website.

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

  1. Applications must be submitted online at: https://apply.embark.com/student/fulbright/international/20/
  2. Please carefully review the Application Instructions before starting your online application.
  3. Please refer to the Applicant Checklist before submitting the application.
  4. In addition, you must complete and upload the following documents on your online application:

 

Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship for Postdoctoral Research

  1. Applications must be submitted online at: https://apply.embark.com/student/fulbright/scholars/30/
  2. Please carefully review the Application Instructions before starting your online application.
  3. Please refer to the Applicant Checklist before submitting the application.
  4. In addition, you must complete and upload the following documents on your online application:
APPLICATION DEADLINE: AUGUST 16, 2017, 23:59:59 hrs (IST)


Timeline and Placement Process

February 2, 2017 Program announcement and application form available online
August 16, 2017 Application deadline for 2018-19 awards
Early September 2017 Field-specific experts review applications and shortlist candidates for interviews 
Late September 2017 National interviews of shortlisted candidates in Delhi 
Early October 2017

Principal and alternate nominees are notified that they are recommended. Doctoral Research nominees take TOEFL. 

Late October 2017 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 2018 Placement confirmations 
May 2018 Pre-departure orientation 
August-September 2018 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.