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U.S. Students and Host Institutions Needed for Prestigious India Exchange Programs

Jan. 8, 2009

Paid research-based internships available in India for U.S. graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and medical disciplines. U.S. host institutions also needed to provide collaborative learning experiences for Indian doctoral students and faculty researchers visiting the United States.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—The Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) and Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) announce a prestigious research-based exchange program that will provide opportunities for American graduate students to conduct research in India and for American institutions to host Indian graduate students and faculty in the U.S.

The India-U.S. Research Exchange Program (REP) includes two unique elements. The first is the Research Internship in Science and Engineering (RISE), which offers paid internships in India for U.S. graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and medical disciplines. The second is the opportunity for U.S. academic institutions, industrial facilities, and research laboratories to network with Indian institutions and access global talent by hosting Indian doctoral students or faculty members.

The American graduate students selected to participate in RISE will have the opportunity to live and work in India, gain practical experience, and advance their understanding of the future of science, engineering, medicine, and technology. Students will work closely with international teams and get the chance to build lifelong networks of academic and professional contacts.

Internship locations in India include top national laboratories, federal research centers, academic research institutes, and private research and development laboratories. Internships provide mutual cultural and professional enrichment for both the interns and their Indian host institutions.

Student interns in RISE receive a monthly stipend, accommodations, and airfare to and from India. Internships can range from a minimum of three months to a maximum of six months.

While the American student interns are in India, participating REP institutions will host Indian doctoral students and faculty researchers in the U.S. Host organizations provide research-based experience, stipends, and travel expenses, as well as mentoring. ORAU facilitates the selection process, oversees the program and participants, and provides enhancement activities for the Indian researchers. Benefits of hosting include gaining exposure to Indian science and culture, increasing international competitiveness, and enhancing the quality of research and education. The program does not require a one-for-one exchange, however interested Academic Institutions that send students to India may also function as hosts for Indian students and faculty. 

Indian doctoral students being hosted by U.S. institutions can come for a three to six month period; faculty can serve appointments of three to 12 months.

India is a worldwide leader in science and technology. This historically rich and culturally diverse nation is one of the fastest-growing centers of global technological progress and is home to one of the largest technically trained workforces in the world. U.S. students and host institutions participating in the prestigious RISE program will have the opportunity to gain invaluable perspective into the world of international research, as well as to develop lasting research partnerships with leading Indian researchers and institutions.

The RISE internship program is open to graduate students studying a science, engineering, medical, or technology discipline at a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. U.S. host opportunities are open to any business, industry, laboratory, or academic institution located in the United States that can offer a research-based, collaborative learning experience for a doctoral or post-doctoral student or faculty researcher from India.

The application deadline for the RISE internship program is Feb. 12. The deadline to apply to be a host institution is March 1. For application guidelines and format, please contact Marisa Moazen at info@rise.orau.orgor visit

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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