Khorana Program for Scholars

Khorana Program for Scholars

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The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), the Indian government, WINStep Forward, and the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) collaborate to offer the Khorana Programme for Scholars. The programme gives Indian students the chance to complete 10- to 12-week summer research internships at prestigious U.S. universities.

Offered by  IUSSTF 
Amount granted Stipend + health insurance + airfare
Type of scholarship Merit-based 
Level of program Undergraduate and postgraduate 
Application deadline  October, 31, 2024 (tentative)
International students  Indian students 
Official url  Khorana Program for Scholars

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What are the benefits of the Khorana Program for Scholars?

There are various benefits provided under the Khorana Program for Scholars. 

  • list items Students can expect airfare, health insurance, and a stipend through the Khorana Scholarship.
  • list items Students who receive the scholarship will have the chance to study at one of the best universities in the world.
  • list items Students get excellent exposure and a shift in culture from it.
  • list items It gives students the chance to study under the guidance of eminent biotechnology specialists.
  • list items Interacting with individuals from various backgrounds and expanding one's global network.
  • list items In addition to helping to create a community between India and the USA for upcoming research and scientific interventions, the students will have the chance to transform the study for the benefit of society.
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    What is the eligibility criteria for the Khorana Program for Scholars?

    The Khorana Program for scholars has laid down a specific eligibility criteria for all its applicants. It is as follows: 

  • list items Applications are open to pre-final year students enrolled in Biotechnology and allied fields (such as agricultural, food, health, and biomedical sciences, as well as interdisciplinary fields like Computational Sciences, Big Data, and Machine Learning) at accredited higher education institutions in India who are pursuing degrees in B. Tech., M. Tech., B.Sc., M.Sc., B.E., M.E., M.S., Integrated B. S-M.S., B.V. Sc., M.V. Sc., B. Pharm., M. Pharm., MBBS, and Master in Medical Science and Technology (MMST).
  • list items Students enrolled in their first, final, or PhD year are not eligible to apply. 
  • list items Applications submitted in subject-fields other than those mentioned above won't be taken into consideration. 
  • list items The candidate should possess either an OR percentage of 80% or higher, or a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 8.0 or higher. 65% at the very least, and more if the applicant is an MBBS student.
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    What is the application process of the Khorana Program Scholars?

    The application process of the Khorana Program for scholars is quick and simple. You just need to follow the steps mentioned below. 

  • list items Log in using the Visitation Programmes Online Application Portal.
  • list items Use the link that was sent to your registered email address to confirm your account. If the emails from [email protected] are not showing up in your inbox, please check your spam or junk mail folders. Do not respond to the email. 
  • list items Use the registered email address to log in to the online portal. For future reference, kindly keep your password and user ID in mind.
  • list items Select "Start Application – Apply for." 
  • list items Complete the form with the necessary information. 
  • list items The Save button located at the bottom of the form allows you to save the data that you have entered.
  • list items After filling out the form, you can use your login credentials to access the saved information and submit it. 
  • list items After submitting, you can download the completed application as a PDF. An automated email confirming receipt of your application will be sent to all online applicants. After submitting, a link to download the application in PDF format will be sent to your registered email address. Kindly keep your Application ID handy for any future needs. 
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    What are the documents required for the Khorana Program for Scholars?

    This is a list of every crucial document that needs to be submitted with the application.

  • list items A copy of the class 10 and 12 mark sheets with the address and identity proof
  • list items The most recent transcript of grades
  • list items Two or more recommendation letters
  • list items A certification of no objection
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    What is the selection process of the Khorana Program for Scholars?

    Experts in the field shortlist the eligible applications based on the following standards after further review:

  • list items Research interests, potential project ideas, career goals; 
  • list items Academic background and credentials, research experience, technical background, previous internships, courses, and lab work;
  • list items Proposed project idea(s); 
  • list items Necessity of conducting research in the United States; 
  • list items Publications, and poster presentations (if any) are the following.
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    How can you contact the Khorana Program for Scholars?

    You can contact the IUSSTF on the below mentioned address and details.

    Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF)

    12 Hailey Road, Fulbright House, New Delhi- 110 001

    Phone: 91-011-42691716, 42691700

    Fax: 91-11-23321552

    Email: [email protected]

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the duration of the research internship?

    The duration of the Khorana Program internship is typically 10-12 weeks during the summer months. The exact timeline may vary, and participants are expected to commit to the full duration of the program.

    Will there be a personal interview involved in the selection process?

    No, the selection procedure will not involve any interviews.

    Do I need to book my own tickets?

    No, you don’t need to book your own tickets. The IUSSTF Travel Desk will reserve the international tickets for the economy excursion class and the shortest route (from the student's parent institution to the U.S. host institution and back).

    Is Khorana scholarship good?

    The Khorana Scholarship Program is one of the best programs for biotechnology students.

    How much is the stipend for Khorana scholarship?

    For the duration of the internship (10-12 weeks), the Khorana Scholar will be paid a stipend INR 2,49,901.