Know about President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Postgraduate Fellowship for studies at USF, USA.

Do you know about President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Postgraduate Fellowship offered by University of South Florida (USF) for pursuing Ph.D. studies at USF in US? What are the eligible fields of study and what is the eligibility criteria? Read this article to know about answers to these and such many other questions.


Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India, who was well known as a strong advocate for young people and a passionate supporter of clean energy and energy independence, had visited the University of South Florida (USF) in the year 2012. The 'President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Postgraduate Fellowship' was announced in his honor by USF. Starting with the year 2016-17, one award is to be offered each academic year to an Indian student who has graduated or is about to graduate from an Indian university and intends to pursue Ph.D. program at USF in the eligible fields of study. The deadline to apply for the award for the year 2016-17 was March 1, 2016.

Announcement of the next award for the year 2017-18, should be closely monitored by the aspirants on USF website as well as on other resources.

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Postgraduate Fellowship

About USF

The University of South Florida (USF) is a public research university located at Tampa, Florida, US. The USF was ranked in the top 100 best public schools of US in the year 2014 by US News & World Report. The University of South Florida System comprise of three institutions - USF, USF - St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota Manatee. The system serves more than 48,000 students in the three campuses. The USF has one of the lowest tuition rates in the US. The 'USF World' wing of the system leads and coordinates the university's involvement in international arena.

Eligible fields of study

The fellowship is offered to an Indian student who seeks pursuing Ph.D. degree program at USF in following subjects/disciplines -
  1. Computer Science & Engineering.
  2. Engineering.
  3. Business PhD programs.
  4. Applied Physics.
  5. Cell Biology, Microbiology & Molecular Biology.
  6. Integrative Biology.
  7. Chemistry.
  8. Marine Science.
  9. Psychology.
  10. Criminology.
  11. Applied Anthropology.

Fellowship benefits

  • Waiver of tuition fee up to 4 years.
  • A stipend @ $2,000 per month for up to nine months ( total $18,000) covering the fall and spring semesters. The total duration of the stipend will be up to 4 years. During the first year the Provost's office will pay a nine month stipend and during the remaining three years the concerned department will contribute by providing teaching/research assistantship to the student.
  • Other costs like airfare and housing at USF etc. will have to be arranged by the awardee.
  • The admitted students have to comply with all USF regulations, processes and procedures and all applicable law.

How to apply

  • The candidates are required to submit a USF graduate application at -<id=1 and establish a university ID number at the USF graduate admissions portal.
  • An application fee of $30 is required to be paid online by a credit card or e-check while filling the graduate application.
  • After completion of the online application in all respects, the candidates are required to scan following documents and mail the same to
  1. A letter describing intended area of study, academic success and expression of interest.
  2. Curriculum vitae (CV).
  3. Statement of research and evidence of scholarly activity.
  4. Three letters of recommendation on academic and/or professional letterhead
  5. Postgraduate Fellowship Form which can be downloaded from the USF website page -


Applications for award of fellowships are made to the USF Word ( and final decision is taken by the same. Candidates having exceptional academic credentials and a passion for the STEM fields of study are considered for the award. The candidates must demonstrate their professional contributions and achievements in the field of intended study.


The Indian students who have graduated or about to graduate from an Indian university and intend to pursue Ph.D. studies in the eligible fields of study at the University of South Florida (USF), US may submit application for award of President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Postgraduate Fellowship. One fellowship is awarded during during each academic year beginning since 2016-17. The students are advised to visit the page - of USF for thorough study about the various aspects of the fellowship before proceeding ahead after satisfying themselves with the eligibility criteria.

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