WARI scholarships available to UNL students

By: Jesse Starita   

Water is a vital necessity for human development, the environment and the economy. Because of its global importance, the Government of India and its Department of Science and Technology, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute (DWFI) at the University of Nebraska and the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum have partnered to foster cooperation between students and scientists from both countries through the Water Advanced Research and Innovation (WARI) Fellowship program.

WARI is a dynamic and transformative program for students pursuing advanced academic research and/or other water-related careers and scholarship opportunities are now available.


WARI will award scholarships to five UNL students to study in India this year, where they will conduct research at top-level Indian institutions. Students should be enrolled at the graduate level in a water-related program, such as agronomy, agricultural economics, biological sciences, chemistry, earth and atmospheric sciences, engineering, hydrology, political science or natural resources.            

Additionally, students' research should be clearly aligned with either WFI's subject areas of focus or WARI's research categories. More information about WARI can be found online at waterforfood.nebraska.edu/wari.  

Selected students will begin their research abroad this summer, for three to six months. Scholarship benefits include a room and board stipend ($1,100/month) for accommodations in India; paid airfare up to $1,500; and a lab work stipend up to $1,000.

Graduate students may also apply for a supplemental scholarship through Nebraska’s Education Abroad office. Academic credit may be awarded as part of this scholarship and should be arranged through the student's program. To be eligible for an Education Abroad scholarship, the student must receive credit for the internship.

Students should work with their advisors to prepare applications. UNL will send all applications to partners in India, who will help select candidates and university placements based on the candidate's field of study and research interests. Students may independently arrange mentors and institutions in India, but should indicate so in the application.

Applications may be downloaded at waterforfood.nebraska.edu/wari and are due by March 17. Submit applications to wari@nebraska.edu. Questions can be addressed to Jesse Starita at jstarita@nebraska.edu, or phone 402.472.5317.