A.P.J. Abdul Kalam PG Fellowship for Research at South Florida University
University of South Florida (USF) has invited applications for the A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Postgraduate Fellowship, instituted in honor of former Indian President A.P.J. Kalam, a strong advocate for young people and a passionate supporter of clean energy and energy independence and who visited the University of South Florida (USF) in 2012.
One award will be offered in each academic year.
Eligible Programs / Fields of Study: The award will be offered to a student who Graduated from or is about to Graduate from an Indian University and is seeking to pursue a Ph.D. degree in one of Applied Anthropology; Applied Physics; Business Ph.D. programs; Cell Biology, Microbiology & Molecular Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science & Engineering; Engineering; Criminology; Integrative Biology; Marine Science or Psychology at the University of South Florida.
Selection: Application for the award will be made to USF World, which will also be solely responsible for allocating the award. The Postgraduate Fellowship will recognize laudable students who graduated from or is about to graduate from an Indian university, have exceptional academic credentials, and a passion for the STEM fields of study. Applicants must demonstrate experience in his or her discipline, research productivity, and professional contributions and achievements to the field.
Funding: The University of South Florida will waive all tuition for a total of up to four years and also contribute a stipend of $22,000 that is payable in three instalments of $8000 each in the fall and spring semesters and $6000 in the summer semester. Kalam fellows receive the stipend after the Drop/Add Deadline the first week of classes in the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. In addition, the University will pay full-time tuition (up to 12 credits per semester) for graduate-level credit hours taken at USF that count toward your graduate degree. The stipends will be payable by USF once the winner of the President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Postgraduate Fellowship at the University of South Florida is enrolled at the university for his/her first term. All other costs (e.g., airfare, housing at USF, etc.) will be met by the awardee.
Application: Applicants must submit a USF graduate application at https://www.usf.edu/admissions/graduate, by 15th February, 2019 and established a university ID number at https://www.usf.edu/admissions/international/admission-information/graduate/index.aspx, the USF graduate admissions portal, prior to submitting the Kalam Fellowship form.
Once admitted to USF, the awardee should comply with all USF regulations, processes and procedures and all applicable law.
To submit the A.P.J. Kalam application, applicant must scan the following materials and email them to KalamFellowship@usf.edu in one composite PDF. Applicants should not send .jpeg files.
- Postgraduate Fellowship Form available at https://www.usf.edu/world/documents/kalam_fellowship_form_.pdf
- A brief letter outlining applicant’s interest in the Fellowship and your proposed area of study
- Curriculum Vitae including applicant’s current occupation, academic and professional experience/achievement and evidence of scholarly activity
- Statement on intended research for Ph.D. degree under the Kalam Fellowship
- Two Letters of Recommendation on academic and/or professional letterhead
The deadline to apply for the Kalam Postgraduate Fellowship is 1st March, 2019.
Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply to their academic program as early as possible. Admissions dates vary depending on program and the same may be checked online for the prospective program.
Timeline: The Announcement of Fellowship opportunity will be sent to the Indian community by October 15. Those interested, must apply through USF Graduate Admissions Office during December 1 - February 15. Kalam Applications becomes due to USF on March 1. The Public announcement of winner and timeline for next year will be made on June 1, 2019.
Only applications for a Ph.D will be considered and not for a combination of Master's degree/Ph.D. Applicant must have already completed Master's degree prior to applying for the Kalam Award. Selection of the USF department and program should match applicant’s research, education, and background, along with your letters of recommendation. No plagiarism or copied information unless cited, including applicant’s own research should be made. The committee will search for information that has been copied or plagiarized.
Letter of Intent needs to directly correlate and should be in relation to the application for the Kalam award. Applicant should be very specific in the introductory letter, statement of intent, basic research, and program focus.
Applicant may include as much information in his/her letter as possible to build his/her case as to why he/she should be selected for the Kalam Award and how his/her research would parallel the vision of President A.PJ. Abdul Kalam.
For more details, visit https://www.usf.edu/world/resources/kalamfellowship.aspx