Fellowships

2023-2024 Fulbright-Kalam 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 24 months.

 

Affiliation
The selected candidate will be affiliated to one U.S. host institution.

 

USIEF strongly recommends all applicants to identify institutions with which they wish to be affiliated, and to correspond, in advance, with potential host institutions. If the applicant has secured a letter of invitation from a U.S. institution, it should be included as a part of the online application. The letter of invitation should indicate the duration of visit, preferably with dates.

 

Grant Benefits

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.

 

Eligibility Requirements
In addition to the General Prerequisites:

 

  • Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree within the past four years. S/he must have obtained a Ph.D. degree between September 15, 2018 and September 14, 2022. 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. S/he must upload a recent significant publication (copy of paper/article) on the online application (not exceeding 30 pages); and
  • If applicant is employed, please follow the instructions carefully regarding employer’s endorsement. If applicable, obtain the endorsement from the appropriate administrative authority on the Letter of Support from Home Institution. The employer must indicate that leave will be granted for the fellowship period. The applicant can download the Letter of Support from Home Institution from the USIEF website. Candidates working under government-funded projects are also required to get endorsement from their affiliating institutions in India.

 

How to Apply

  1. Applications must be submitted online at: https://apply.iie.org/fvsp2023/
  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: September 15, 2022, 23:59:59 hrs (IST)

For any queries contact: postdoc@usief.org.in


Timeline and Placement Process

September 15, 2022 Application due date for 2023-2024 awards
Mid-October 2022 Field-specific experts review applications
Mid-November 2022 USIEF informs the applicants about the review outcome
Late November 2022

National interviews of short-listed candidates

End November 2022 USIEF notifies principal and alternate nominees.
End December 2022 USIEF forwards applications of recommended candidates to the U.S. for J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) approval and placement
March/April 2023 USIEF notifies finalists
May/June 2023 Pre-Departure Orientation
August/September 2023 Program begins

 

IMPORTANT:

  • You can apply for only ONE Fulbright-Nehru fellowship category during a competition cycle.
  • Candidates cannot apply for Fulbright-Nehru and Fulbright-Kalam grants in the same academic year.
  • Plagiarism in the application will lead to disqualification.
  • Unless otherwise specified, Fulbright-Nehru applications are to be submitted online.
  • Applications received after the deadline will NOT be considered.
  • Extensions and Transfer of visa sponsorship will not be permitted.
  • Prospective Fulbright participants should be aware that public health conditions, availability of consular services and travel, as well as U.S. institutional operating status and policies may affect their ability to travel to the U.S. and participate in academic programs.