Mumbai: The University of South Florida (USF) has announced the launch of their third annual A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Postgraduate Fellowship.
The student award is open to an “exemplary” Indian student who has graduated from or is about to graduate from an Indian University and is seeking to pursue a PhD degree in specified Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programmes at USF. Apart from Engineering and Business – the two most popular choices for Indian students at USF – the list also includes Applied Anthropology, Applied Physics, Chemistry, Cell Biology, Microbiology & Molecular Biology, Marine Science and Psychology.
The Kalam Fellow will get a full tuition waiver for four years and receive a stipend of $18,000 per academic year.
The Kalam Fellowship was launched in 2015 to honour President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and in memory of his visit to USF in 2012. A popular and respected icon for India’s youth, President Kalam was a strong advocate for education and a passionate supporter of clean energy and energy independence.
USF named Avijit Sengupta, a design researcher from Kolkata and a graduate from IIT-Bombay, as the first Kalam Fellow for the 2016-17 academic year. Last year, a Master’s graduate from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, Veena Subramanian, received the Kalam Fellowship for the 2017-18 academic year. Her work with the PhD program at USF aims to make an impact in the areas of genome integrity and aging mechanisms, which will enhance the understanding of issues facing the elderly population and allow researchers to find solutions to their pressing needs.
The deadline for applications for the 2018-19 Kalam Postgraduate Fellowship is March 15, 2018. Full details, eligibility criteria, and application forms are available on www.usf.edu/world.