India and US together have launched the Fulbright Abdul Kalam Climate Fellowship, in a new initiative to advance bilateral co-operation on climate change which will enable Indian research scholars to work with American Institutions in field.

The first call for applicants were announced on Friday for the fellowship jointly funded by both the governments and will enable up to 6(Six) Indian PhD students and post doctoral researchers to work with US host institutions for a period of 6 to 12 months.  

The fellowship named after late Indian President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, is part of a commitment made by the US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to build long-term capacity to address climate change-related issues in both the countries. The fellowship will be operated by the binational US-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) under the umbrella of the prestigious Fulbright programme.

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