DBT Govt. of India, IUSSTF and WINStep Forward offer Khorana Program for Scholars 2024


Khorana Program for Scholars 2024 – Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India, Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) and WINStep Forward (WSF) are offering Khorana Program for Scholars named in honor of Dr. Har Gobind Khorana, who won the Nobel Prize in 1968 for his work at the interface of Chemistry and Biology while a member of the University of Wisconsin–Madison faculty. The Khorana Program will provide opportunities to Indian students to get research exposure at leading U.S. universities over Summer 2024 for a period of 10-12 weeks.


Khorana Program for Scholars 2024


The Khorana Program is envisaged to:


  • Providing an opportunity to Indian students to gain exposure and access to world class research facilities.
  • Promoting research and capacity building in biotechnology and allied areas.
  • Encouraging post-graduate students to take up research as a career.
  • Paving the way for the next generation scientists and technologists towards building long-term sustainable R & D linkages and collaborations.


 Scholarship includes:

  • Stipend
  • Airfare
  • Health Insurance


Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline : 31st October 2023
  • Program dates: May – July 2024


Eligibility Criteria

  • Pre-final year students enrolled 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) at recognized institutions of higher education in India in Biotechnology and allied areas (including agricultural, food, health, biomedical sciences and interdisciplinary areas like Computational Sciences, Big Data, Machine Learning etc.) are eligible to apply.
  • First Year, Final year and PhD students are NOT eligible to apply.
  • Applications in subject – fields other than those specified above will not be considered.
  • The applicant should have:
    • Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 8.0 or higher, OR
    • Percentage: 80% and higher
    • Minimum 65% and higher if the applicant is an MBBS student


Applications Process

  • Before applying, please read the detailed guidelines at http://www.iusstf.org/khorana-program-for-scholars


Step to Apply

  • Step 1-  Sign in through the Online Application Portal for Visitation Programs at http://www.iusstf.org/khorana-program-for-scholars
  • Step 2- Verify your account using the link sent to your registered email id. Please check your spam/junk folders in case the mails are not received in your inbox from [email protected] 
  • Step 3- Login to the Online Portal with the registered Email Id. Please remember your user id and password for future references
  • Step 4- Click “Apply for – Start Application” 
  • Step 5- Fill in the required details in the form, 
  • Step 6- You may preserve the entered information using the Save button given at the bottom of the form.
  • Step 7- You may retrieve the saved information using your login credentials and submit the form upon completion. 
  • Step 8- You may download the PDF of your completed application after submission. All online applications will receive an automatic email verifying receipt of your application. The PDF format of the application can also be downloaded using the link sent to your registered email id after submission. Please note your Application ID for future references. 



  • The form must be completed by all applicants in English; please ensure that your respective form is complete and filled to the best of your knowledge before clicking ‘Submit’. Applicants would not be able to change or edit their forms after submission. Separate requests for editing any part of the application form will also not be considered.
  • A separate application form must be completed for each program for which you apply. You may choose to apply for more than one visitation program, provided that you fulfil the eligibility criteria.


Selection Criteria

  • The eligible applications are further reviewed and shortlisted by subject experts based on the following criteria:
    1. Academic background and credentials; Research interests, possible project ideas, and career goals;
    2. Research experience, technical background, other internships, courses, lab work;
    3. Proposed project idea(s);
    4. Need to conduct research in the U.S. and
    5. Publications, Poster presentations (if any)

For more details and apply please visit the official website