03/07 - New WARI fellowships and internships for 2017

The University of Nebraska’s Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute (DWFI), the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), Department of Science and Technology (DST), the government of India, and the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) have announced their list of candidates selected for the prestigious 2016-17 Water Advanced Research and Innovation (WARI) Fellowship Program.

The program will award the following five Indian early-career faculty with WARI Fellowships and six Indian Ph.D. students with WARI Internships to conduct water-related research under the mentorship of UNL faculty.


  • Paromita Chakraborty, Ph.D., assistant professor, SRM University, Chennai
  • Richa Kothari, Ph.D., assistant professor, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow
  • Shaik Rehana, Ph.D., assistant professor, International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad
  • Rajendran Selvakumar, Ph.D., associate professor, PSG Institute of Advanced Studies, Coimbatore
  • Riddhi Singh, Ph.D., assistant professor, Indian Institute of Technology – Hyderabad


  • Ram Chavan, Ph.D. student, Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Goa
  • Omkar Damodar Gaonkar, Ph.D. student, Indian Institute of Technology – Madras
  • M. Jahangeer, Ph.D. student, Indian Institute of Technology – Roorkee
  • Anurag Kumar, Ph.D. student, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata
  • Ashish Kumar, Ph.D. student, Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay
  • Swati Suman, Ph.D. student, Banaras Hindu University

DWFI and UNL recently partnered with the government of India’s Department of Science and Technology and the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum to nurture and increase cooperation between students and scientists from both countries under the guise of WARI.

WARI helps Indian students and scientists gain access to world class research facilities at UNL, promote cooperative research in many water science and engineering arenas and help pave the way for the next generation of scientists and technologists from India to work with their peers in the U.S., leading to long-term research and development connections.