Applications are invited for Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship for 2017-2018 academic year by United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) on behalf of both the governments (USA and India). Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowships are offered for doctoral research and postdoctoral research.
The vision of the United States – India Educational Foundation (USIEF) is to “deepen” and “widen” mutual understanding between the citizens of India and the U.S. through focused educational and cultural exchanges.
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In 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.
- Course Level: Fellowship is available for pursuing doctoral as well as a postdoctoral degree programme.
- Study Subject: Fellowships are awarded in the climate-related study.
- Scholarship Award: 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.
- Scholarship can be taken at: USA
- Nationality: Doctoral Fellowships are designed for Indian scholars
Doctoral research 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 PhD at an Indian institution at least one year prior to August 1, 2016. In their online application form, one of the referees should be their PhD supervisor. S/he should comment on their research work and the usefulness of the fellowship, and indicate the PhD registration date and topic;
-This grant is intended for PhD students to conduct research essential to their dissertations/thesis. Therefore, an applicant’s expected PhD 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 PhD thesis submission date in the “Applicant Annexure.
-If employed, applicants should follow the instructions carefully regarding the 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.
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 their application, applicants are required to indicate the period in which they can complete their proposed project in the United States. Please determine their grant duration carefully. Should they be selected for a grant, it will be for the period they specified in their application. The duration cannot be changed.
How to Apply:
The mode of application is online.
Supporting Material: Applicants must please ensure the following:
(Check against each item on the following list)
-Upload their study/research objectives on page 4 of the online application form.
-Upload their personal statement on page 5 of the online application form.
-Upload their curriculum vitae or resume on page 6 of the online application form. It should provide a complete picture of applicants’ educational background, work experience, and all major accomplishments (publications, awards, memberships in associations etc.).It should not exceed three pages. Do not include any photographs.
-Upload scanned copies of their mark sheets and diploma/degree certificates beginning with their latest degree/diploma. Also upload scanned photocopies of proof of applicants work/professional experience, if applicable. Please combine all these documents into one PDF file (not exceeding 2 MB) and upload it on page 7 of the online application form.
Note: Please combine documents listed below against sl. no. 5, 6 and 7 into one PDF file (not exceeding 2 MB) and upload it on page 11 of the online application form.
Language Requirement: Applicants hould 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).
Entrance Requirements: Doctoral Fellowships: 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.
Postdoctoral fellowships: 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.
Application Deadline: Fellowship application deadline is July 15, 2016.