Fulbright Kalam Climate Fellowship for Doctoral Research 2025-26

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Fulbright Kalam Climate Fellowship for Doctoral Research 2025-26

Brief Description:

Fulbright Kalam Climate Fellowship for Doctoral Research 2025-26 is an opportunity offered by the United States-India Education Foundation (USIEF) for Ph.D. students in India pursuing climate change research. The program aims to foster mutual understanding and collaboration in this field by enabling an exchange of knowledge and expertise between Indian and American researchers. Selected doctoral researchers will receive a monthly stipend, J-1 visa support, accident and sickness insurance, round-trip airfare, and potential research allowances.


To be eligible, an applicant must:-

  • be a responsible Indian citizen
  • be registered for a Ph.D. at an Indian institution on or before 1st November 2023
  • demonstrate a commitment to promoting cultural understanding and friendship between India and the United States
  • not be residing in the U.S. during the recruitment and placement cycle (February 2024-July 2025)
  • have a high level of academic/professional achievement
  • demonstrate proficiency in the English language to undertake the proposed project/program and adjust to life in the U.S.
  • have conducted adequate research in the relevant field, especially in the identification of resources in India
  • possess a high academic background


  • Applicants shall be eligible for leave if employed.
  • Applicants must not be applying for or holding permanent residence (green card) in the United States.
  • Applicants must give an undertaking to return to India on the completion of the fellowship.
  • Applicants with Ph.D. degrees or those at the final stage of Ph.D. thesis submission will not be considered.


The following benefits will be received by the selected fellows:- 

  • J-1 visa support
  • A monthly stipend
  • Accident and sickness program for exchanges per U.S. government guidelines
  • Round-trip economy class
  • Air travel
  • Applicable allowances and modest affiliation fees, if any


Note:- The grant does not include a dependants’ allowance. This means the grant is intended to cover the fellow’s expenses and may not be sufficient to support additional family members.


  • A copy of the original published/presented paper or extracts from the Master’s/M.Phil. thesis (not exceeding 20 pages)
  • A letter of invitation from a U.S. institution mentioning the duration of the visit, preferably with dates
  • Scanned copies of marksheets or transcripts and diploma/degree certificates from bachelor’s degree onwards
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) or resume detailing academic and professional Information
  • Writing sample (not exceeding 20 pages)
  • Applicant’s personal statement
  • A scanned copy of the passport
  • A scanned copy of Ph.D. registration certificate outlining information including Ph.D. thesis, the name of the applicant’s Ph.D. supervisor and the Ph.D. registration date
  • Test score reports, e.g., TOEFL (if available)
  • Study plan mentioning study/research objectives

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