Water Advanced Research & Innovation Fellowship

Water Advanced Research & Innovation Fellowship

Recognizing that Water is of fundamental importance for human development, the environment and the economy, and therefore needs to feature prominently in the development agenda of both India and the United States; the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), the Daugherty Water for Food Institute (DWFI) and the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) have partnered to nurture cooperation between students and scientists from both countries. The Water Advanced Research and Innovation (WARI) Fellowship Program - a dynamic and transformative program has thus been developed to foster long term Indo-American science and technology partnerships.

The Program is envisaged to:
  • Provide opportunity to best and brightest Indian students and scientists to gain exposure and access to world class research facilities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Daugherty Water for Food Institute;
  • Promote research and capacity building in the area of water;
  • Encourage and motivate outstanding students to take up research as a career path; and
  • Pave 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.
Program Partners

The Department of Science and Technology was established in May 1971, with the objective of promoting new areas of S&T and to play the role of a nodal department for organizing, coordinating and promoting S&T activities in the country. The Department mandate includes formulation of policy statements and guidelines, support to basic and applied research in national institutions, support of infrastructural facilities for R&D and instrumentation, technology development and commercialization, fostering international cooperation in S&T, and supporting science and technology manpower development including entrepreneurship development for promotion of knowledge-based technology-driven entrepreneurs. Secretary, DST is the Indian Co-Chair of the Governing Board of IUSSTF.

The Indo-US Science and Technology Forum is an autonomous society that has been established under an agreement between the Governments of India and the United States of America on March 21, 2000 with a mandate to promote and catalyze Indo-US bilateral collaborations in science, technology, engineering and biomedical research through substantive interactions between academia, industry and governmental agencies of the two countries. IUSSTF supports innovative programs aimed to foster scientific excellence through collaborations and partnerships by capitalizing on the scientific and technological synergy of the two nations. IUSSTF programs stimulate interactions that have a strong potential for generating follow-on activities and building long term Indo-American science and technology relationships. Amongst other programs, IUSSTF promotes and nurtures contacts between young and mid-career scientists and technologists through visitation and exchange programs for researchers and students. IUSSTF also promotes public-private partnership aimed at developing techno-entrepreneurship.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) was founded in 1869 and is one of the highest ranked research and teaching universities in the United States. For more than 100 years, UNL has been a leader in water resources innovation, water science, management and technology. Nearly 100 faculty members in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences and law are engaged in every aspect of water science and technology. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is ideally situated to provide a unique living laboratory that covers a wide range of climate and water environments. UNL faculty and students have made significant impacts on water policy, water management, and water technology in health, water chemistry, the environment, agriculture, water economics and water utilization in urban, rural and natural settings.

The Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska is committed to ensuring a water and food secure world while maintaining the use of water for the critical range of human and environmental needs. The institute extends the University of Nebraska’s honored heritage of water expertise internationally and within the United States through strong partnerships with other universities, businesses, the NGO and foundation sectors, and government agencies. Research is at the core of the Water for Food Institute programs. The institute works holistically — through research and policy development, education and communication — to enhance knowledge and develop effective techniques to sustainably manage water and increase water security and food security, inform policy and give students hands-on experience in the lab and the real world environment. The Institute collaborates currently with 75 Faculty Fellows drawn from water related specialties at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The UNL and DWFI partnership is advancing water priorities in the USA, India, Brazil, China and selected countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East & North Africa.

Research at UNL & DWFI
For Student Internships
  • Indian citizens currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Water Science and Engineering at a recognized institution of higher education and learning in India;

Age: Upto 32 years as on 31 December 2018

For Fellowships
  • Indian citizens having Ph.D. in Water Science and Engineering.
  • Applicants must be able of doing independent research work and have published in internationally recognized academic journals.
  • Open to applicants working in the fields of Water resources, water chemistry and environmental engineering.
  • Employment: The applicant should be affiliated to a public funded R&D Lab/ S&T Institution / recognized Universities/Colleges in India.

Age: Upto 40 years as on 31 December 2018.

  • Internship: Minimum 3 months and upto 6 months
  • Fellowships: Minimum 3 months and up to 12 months
Number of Fellowships
  • Student Internships 5
  • Fellowships 5

Note: The above numbers are tentative and can be increased, decreased or inter-changed in either category at the discretion of DST, IUSSTF and UNL.

Applications for internships should be submitted using Online Application Portal for Visitation Program

Applications for fellowships should be submitted  using Online Application Portal for Visitation Program

Contact Information

Dr. Chaitali Bhattacharya
Principal Science Officer
Ms.Monika Madan
Senior Personal Secretary