Khorana Program

The Khorana Scholar Exchange Program was created to foster a scientific two-way exchange between India and the United States, enabling Indian and US university students to work and study in the partner country’s research laboratories, thereby cultivating the upcoming scientific generation’s sense of science on a more global scale.

Founded in 2007, the Khorana Program honors Har Gobind Khorana, the Indian-born scientist whose research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison led to the first synthesis of a gene and ushered in the era of Biotechnology and Synthetic Biology. This ground breaking research won him and fellow researchers Marshall Nirenberg and Robert Holley a Nobel prize in 1968. Not only did Khorana contribute scientifically, but he also exemplifies the value of global scientific partnerships.

The Khorana Program for Scholars receives generous support from the Government of India’s Department of Biotechnology, the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum, and WINStep Forward. American and Indian undergraduates in the fields of biology, biochemistry, and biotechnology are encouraged to apply.

Currently the Khorana Program is on hold and therefore not accepting participants. Please check the IUSSTF website for more program information or please email


  • Provide an opportunity to Indian students to experience world-class research facilities in leading U.S. institutions
  • Introduce talented American students to the long-standing tradition of scientific inquiry and innovation in India
  • Encourage students to take up research as a career
  • Foster interactions between the next generation of pioneers in science and technology
  • Build long-term R&D linkages and collaborations across disciplines, cultures and geographical boundaries
  • Transform research into societal benefits
  • Build a seamless scientific community between India and the United States

To learn more about students and mentors who have participated in the Program, click here!

Khorana Program Update I [PDF]

Khorana Program Update II [PDF]

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