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Water Advanced Research and Innovation Fellowship Program (WARI) 2016

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open15-Aug-2016
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AwardStipend USD 2500-USD 3000 pm, air-fare, contingency allowance, health insurance of USD 500-USD 1000, housing allowance
EligibilityFor fellowship: PhD in Water Science & Engineering and for Internships: pursuing PhD
RegionAll India
Scholarship provider contact details

Dr Rajiv Kumar Tayal, Executive Director, Email id:, Phone: +91-11-23321555
Ms Monika Madan, Senior Personal Secretary, Email id:, Phone: +91-11-42691700

What is Water Advanced Research and Innovation Fellowship Program (WARI) 2016?

Water Advanced Research and Innovation Fellowship Program (WARI) started because of 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 & Innovation (WARI) Fellowship Program - a dynamic and transformative program has thus been developed to foster long term Indo-American science and technology partnerships. 

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

For Student Internships

  1. Indian citizens currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Water Science & Engineering at a recognized institution of higher education and learning in India;
  2. Age: Upto 32 years as on 31 December 2016

For Fellowships

  1. Indian citizens having Ph.D. in Water Science & Engineering.
  2. Applicants must be able of doing independent research work and have published in internationally recognized academic journals
  3. Open to applicants working in the fields of Water resources, water chemistry and environmental engineering.
  4. Age: Upto 40 years as on 31 December 2016
  5. Employment: The applicant should be affiliated to a public funded R&D Lab/ S&T Institution/ recognized Universities/ Colleges in India.

How can you apply ?

Application can be done by email only.

Applications should be submitted electronically to:

Terms and Conditions

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.

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.


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

Broad Categories for Research

  • Ecological and human health impacts of pollutants and emerging contaminants
  • Groundwater quality assessment and management
  • Health impacts of water quality
  • Laboratory methods to support water-related research
  • Methodologies to help remediate current and future contamination threats
  • Methods for measuring water quality
  • Non-point source pollution and rural drinking water quality
  • Remote sensing applications for monitoring water quantity and quality
  • Understanding and protecting water quality
  • Wastewater quality and management
  • Water pollution
  • Water supply and sanitation

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