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.

IUSSTF-Viterbi Program

IUSSTF-Viterbi Program

The Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) and The Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California (USC) have partnered to support the IUSSTF-Viterbi Program. This program provides opportunities to Indian students to undertake Virtual research internship at the Viterbi School of Engineering in the summer of 2021 for a period of 8 weeks.

The IUSSTF-Viterbi Program is envisaged to:
  • Provide an opportunity to the best and brightest Indian students to gain exposure and access to world class research facilities in the Viterbi School.
  • Promote research and capacity building in frontline areas of engineering and technology.
  • Encourage outstanding students to take up research as a career.
  • Pave the way for the next generation engineers from India to interact with American peers, thus help building long-term R&D linkages and collaborations.
  • Indian students currently pursuing a Bachelors or Masters degree at recognized institutions of higher education in India.
  • Open to students of Electrical Engineering, Electronics & Communication Engineering, Computer Engineering and Computaional Scineces.
Scholarship includes:
  • Stipend (to cover contingencies including Network access, equipment, computing facilities etc)

Given the COVID- 19 situation and travel restrictions, the 2021 IUSSTF- Viterbi program will be implemented as a complete virtual mode. Only research proposals that can be conducted in a virtual environment will be considered. 

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.
For additional information about the program please visit:-

Submission Deadline : 11 January, 2021

Contact Information

Indo-US Science and Technology Forum

New Delhi


USC Viterbi School of Engineering

University of Southern California