Important Notice for WARI Program 2020

Given the lockdown, travel restrictions, and university closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) had earlier requested the 2020 BHAVAN/WARI program to be kept in abeyance until further notices. After a careful review of the pandemic situation, the Competent Authority of the Department of Science and Technology has formally decided to cancel the 2020 call for BHAVAN/WARI program. This will apply to all interns/fellows without exception.

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 (DST), Govt. of India, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska (DWFI) and the Indo-U.S. 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; Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute, Purdue University, Texas Tech University and the University of Idaho ;
  • 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.
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 2019

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 holding a regular position at any public funded R&D Lab/ S&T Institution / recognized Universities/Colleges in India.

Age: Upto 40 years as on 31 December 2019.

  • 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

Submission deadline: 14 October 2019

Research at UNL & DWFI
Contact Information

Dr. Chaitali Bhattacharya
Principal Science Officer
Mr. Sravan Kumar Paleti
Assistant Program Officer