Important Notice for BHAVAN Awardees 2019/2020

With the recent travel ban and advisories issued by the Indian and U.S. Governments due to the Coronavirus situation, and in light of the U. S. Embassy cancelling all current and future visa appointments in India for an indefinite period of time, BHAVAN awardees are advised to NOT seek the DS2019 documentation from their U.S. Host as yet. For those BHAVAN awardees who have received DS 2019 form/valid visa, please note that no outward travel will be approved until further notice. As soon as the situation improves, we will get in touch with you with the next steps. Until then, please practice social distancing and stay safe and healthy.

We understand that BHAVAN Awardees currently in the U.S. may face some uncertainty and travel restrictions in returning to India. However, for those who wish to return to India now, IUSSTF will make arrangements to facilitate the same.

Bhaskara Advanced Solar Energy Fellowship

Bhaskara Advanced Solar Energy Fellowship

Recognizing that climate change, clean and efficient energy and environmental protection are among the biggest challenges facing India and the United States; the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India through its Solar Energy Research Initiative, and the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) are committed to tackling these issues by building capacity in these frontier areas.
To nurture future innovators and thought leaders in Solar Energy, the Bhaskara Advanced Solar Energy (BASE) Fellowship Program - a dynamic and transformative program has been developed to foster contacts between students and scientists from India and the United States.

  • To provide an opportunity to the best and brightest Indian students and scientists to gain exposure and access to world class research facilities in leading U.S. institutions;
  • To promote research and capacity building in the frontline area of Solar Energy to address India-centric issues;
  • To encourage and motivate outstanding students to take up research as a career path in the field of solar energy; and
  • To pave the way for the next generation scientists and technologists from India to interact with American peers, thus helping to build long-term R&D linkages and collaborations.
Eligibility Criteria
For Student Internships
  • Indian citizens currently pursuing a Ph.D. as full time scholars in the field of Solar Energy, in a public-funded R&D Laboratory/S&T institution/ recognized academic institute (University/College) in India;

Age: Upto 32 years as on 31 December 2019

For Fellowships
  • Indian citizens with a Ph.D. in Science, Engineering or Technology
  • Applicants must provide proof of independent research work in internationally recognized academic journals.
  • Open only to applicants working in the field of Solar Energy
  • A regular position in a public-funded R&D Laboratory/S&T institution/ recognized academic institute (University/College) in India.

Age: Upto 40 years as on 31 December 2019

Fellowship /Internship Includes:

  • Monthly Stipend
  • Return Air fare
  • Contingency Allowance


  • Internship: Minimum 3 months and upto 6 months
  • Fellowship: Minimum 3 months and upto 12 months

Place of work:

The applicant should have a letter of acceptance from a reputed U.S. scientific/technological institution where he/she would like to undertake the research work under the Fellowship/Internship.


Applications should be submitted using our Online Application Portal for Visitation Programs. Hard copies and electronic copies of the application forms will not be accepted.

Click here for Online application submission for Internships

Click here for Online application submission for fellowship

Contact Information

Dr. Nishritha Bopana
Principal Science Officer
Ms.Subhashree Basu
Associate Program Officer