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Applications Open for USF Kalam Postgraduate Fellowship



Kalam Postgraduate Fellowship


TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 1, 2018) – The University of South Florida (USF) is pleased to announce the launch of the third annual Kalam Postgraduate Fellowship named in President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's honor. The Fellowship is for exemplary Indian students pursuing a PhD in specified Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs.

President Kalam was a strong advocate for young people and a passionate supporter of clean energy and energy independence. He visited USF in 2012 and is remembered affectionately by the university and the vibrant Indian heritage community in Tampa Bay, Fla.

The Kalam Fellow will receive $18,000 tuition per year. The Provost's Office will pay a nine-month stipend for the first year with the department/college contributing a teaching/research assistantship for up to an additional three years.

The Kalam Fellowship was established in 2015. USF named Avijit Sengupta as the first Kalam Fellow for the 2016-17 academic year. A design researcher from Kolkata, India, Sengupta demonstrated all of the Fellowship qualifications and more. A graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, a public engineering and research institution located in Mumbai, he spent three years working at the Center of Social Media Innovation for Communities at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He has conference publications in South Korea, New Zealand and the USA (twice with the American conference on Information Systems).

Last year, a Master's graduate from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, Veena Subramanian, received the Kalam Fellowship. She is a highly lauded academic and has presented her research at numerous conferences. Subramanian's work with the PhD program at USF has further developed her scientific temperament, critical thinking, and research and laboratory techniques 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.

Applications for the 2018-19 Kalam Postgraduate Fellowship are due March 15, 2018. The award will provide Fellows with:

Full details, eligibility criteria, and application form will be available on