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USF Announces Postgraduate Fellowship in Honor of Former President of India

TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 1, 2015) -- In honor of former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam of India, the University of South Florida (USF) has announced a Postgraduate Fellowship for exemplary Indian students pursuing a PhD in specified Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs beginning in the 2016-2017 academic year.

President Kalam visited USF in 2012 and spoke to a crowd of hundreds on the topic of sustainable development and green growth. Prior to becoming president, Dr. Kalam worked as an aerospace engineer and was pivotal in India’s nuclear tests in 1998.

A strong advocate for the next generation of researchers and a passionate supporter of clean energy and energy independence, President Kalam is remembered affectionately by USF and the vibrant Indian heritage community in Tampa Bay, Florida.

“Like all of India – and the world – we heard of his passing away with great sorrow. I want to commend his family and his staff for the wonderful work they are doing to perpetuate his legacy,” said Dr. Roger Brindley, Vice Provost and System Associate Vice President for USF World.

“Dr. Kalam was an honored visitor to the university. Students and faculty members had been thinking of a way to honor his extraordinary life and together decided to create a Postgraduate Fellowship for Indian students in his name. Through the fellowship, USF hopes to offer the same level of education as desired by Dr. Kamal to highly talented young Indians.”

The Postgraduate Fellowship will recognize laudable Indian graduate students who have exceptional academic credentials and a passion for the STEM fields of study – students who demonstrate experience in the field; research productivity, awards, and honors; and professional contributions and achievements to the field.

“There cannot be a more fitting tribute to a former Indian President by a foreign university,” said V. Ponraj, Scientific Advisor and a close aide to the former President.

One award will be offered each academic year. Each fellow will have all tuition waived for up to four years and will receive an $18,000 stipend (over the nine months of the fall and spring semesters) for up to four years.

Interested applicants can find eligibility requirements and instructions online. Visit USF World's funding resources website for more information and how to apply.

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