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Exchange Opportunities Between the U.S. and India

2018 Application for the Khorana Program


2018 Application for the Bose Program

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The mission of the Khorana Program is to build a seamless community of scientists, industrialists, and social entrepreneurs in the US and India. Founded in 2007, the program honors Har Gobind Khorana, the Indian-born scientist whose research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison led to the Nobel Prize and ushered in the era of Biotechnology and Synthetic Biology. Khorana epitomizes the value of global exchange of ideas and partnerships. The Khorana program is focusing on three key objectives to build deep-rooted bridges to strengthen the strategic partnership between US and India.


  1. Providing US and Indian scholars with a transformative educational and cultural experience
  2. Engaging partners in rural development and sustainable food security programs
  3. Facilitating mutually beneficial Public-Private partnerships between US and India

Program Summary

The University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW), the Government of India (DBT), and Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) jointly created the prestigious Khorana Program for scholars. This partnership is a first of its kind, and reflects a strong commitment to fostering creativity, excellence and seamless exchange of ideas. Over the past four years, nearly 50 students, representing the top 0.008% of the Indian student pool, have conducted research in leading UW laboratories. Many scholars were recruited back to top US universities for graduate research. In parallel, nearly 15 US students were placed in leading academic and industrial laboratories in India. The US scholars developed long-term networks and a unique appreciation for the nature of scientific endeavor in India.   (Genesis of Khorana Program)

Please enjoy this presentation to learn more about the Khorana Program.

The program is currently expanding beyond the University of Wisconsin-Madison to partner universities in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC).  During the summer of 2013, the Khorana and Bose programs supported 80 Indian scholars to the U.S. and 20 U.S. scholars to India. 

Information on the S. N. Bose USA - India exchange program

News and Updates

2013 Rhodes Scholoarship winner Drew Birrenkott, inspired by Khorana program.

2013 Khorana and Bose Programs Newsletter [PDF]

2013 Technology Transfer Newsletter [PDF]

Khorana Program 2011 Summer Newsletter [PDF]

Information on University of Wisconsin-Madison Nobel Prize Winner Har Gobind Khorana. 


Photo of President Barack Obama Discussing Khorana Program
U.S. President Barack Obama discussing the Khorana Program

Photo of Dr. Har Gobind Khorana and Khorana Scholars
Dr. Har Gobind Khorana and Khorana Scholars

Photo of 2010 Khorana Scholars2010 Khorana Scholars

Photo of 2012 Khorana Scholars at orientation in Madison, WI
2012 Khorana Scholars at orientation in Madison, WI