AFTER THE launch of the Indo Pacific Economic Front (IPEF) on Tuesday, applications started rolling for the fellowships that would be offered by the Quad to students from four countries including India.
A philanthropic initiative led by the Schmidt Futures will be providing each year 25 students from each Quad country with financial support to do their master’s and doctoral degrees at Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) universities in the US.
“The Quad Fellowship program is a wonderful and unique initiative. This prestigious fellowship will offer our students great opportunities to pursue graduate and doctorate programs,” PM Modi said adding that it will encourage academic excellence and promote people-to-people linkages between the Quad countries.
The application of the said fellowship read that this year which is the inaugural class of Quad Fellows will have fellows selected from an international pool of distinguished candidates from the four Quad countries of Australia, India, Japan, and the United States.
“Prospective Fellows are expected to demonstrate academic excellence, exceptional results in their field, and a desire to use their talents to promote collective good,” the application said.
Not just the subject expertise but candidates should be able to demonstrate the impact these studies can have on society and public policy. “This could be demonstrated by research conducted, internships held, or other professional or academic indicators of commitment,” the application said.
A White House Statement said that the fellowship will empower exceptional STEM graduate students to advance research and innovation throughout their careers with a lens of positive social impact.
“It does so by providing scholarships, immersive and inspiring events at the nexus of STEM and society, mentorship and career-advancing programming, and cross-cultural exchange opportunities,” the White House said.
One of the core eligibilities to be a Quad fellow is to have the “Capacity to Bridge Differences”. The application demands that the candidate should demonstrate interest and ability to build connections between individuals with differing cultural, socio-economic, and professional backgrounds.
The fellowships will be one of a kind as there are barely any scholarships that are led together by so many countries.
As applications are rolling, June 30 has been set as the last date for submitting them. The first class of Quad Fellows will arrive on campus in autumn 2023.
Biden called this a game-changing breakthrough and asked students to apply for the fellowship and that they would be welcomed and helped with everything needed in the US. This, he said, will be done to enhance the hold of these four countries in the global technological space.