United States, India Launch New Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
March 11, 2016


In a new initiative to advance bilateral cooperation on climate change, today the Governments of the United States and India announced the first call for applicants for the U.S.-India Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship. In its first year, this new program will enable up to six Indian PhD students and post-doctoral researchers to work with U.S. host institutions for a period of six to twelve months on climate research and education.

The Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship is part of a commitment made by President Obama and Prime Minister Modi to build long-term capacity to address climate change-related issues in both countries. The fellowship will be operated by the binational U.S.-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) under the umbrella of the prestigious Fulbright program and is named after the late Indian President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, a scientist and statesman who long advocated for increasing ties between the people of India and the people of the United States. The fellowship is jointly funded by both governments.

Applications for the inaugural class of Fellows are due July 15, 2016; further details are available on the USIEF website at http://usief.org.in/Fellowships/Fulbright-Kalam-Climate-Fellowship.aspx.