Join the Yamuna River Project


The Yamuna River Project (YRP) engages the efforts of government agencies, experts and activists, in India and internationally, in an ongoing investigation addressing the multidimensional challenges for the recovery of the relation between Delhi and its sacred River Yamuna. The YRP aims to be a catalyst for the urgent recovery of the Yamuna and its tributaries, building a publicly accessible body of information and expertise, and visions of an alternative future. To assist in this effort, the YRP offers grants ranging from $2,000 to $15,000 on a rolling basis (not restricted to UVA faculty). Reviews will begin January 25, 2018.

 Application criteria:

  • Description of the research project (two-page maximum)
  • Multidisciplinary engagement either as a stand-alone or with other ongoing projects under the YRP will be given priority
  • Explicit description of how the research will contribute to the advancement of the YRP in any area (humanities, sciences, design, social sciences, arts, economics, public health, etc.), and how it will contribute to personal advancement
  • Detailed budget and narrative, including travel if necessary
  • Sources of co-funding
  • Time frame for the project, including follow-up report

 How to apply:

  • Complete the form, answering all fields (larger fields accommodate 3,700 characters, including spaces; approximately 500 words), and submit one copy via email (
  • Download the Application form here (Word File)
  • As funds are spent, reimbursement must be requested within 30 days of expenditure; absolute deadline is June 15, 2018. No extensions will be given.
  • Please recognize that the proposals will be read by colleagues outside your field.


Grant funds may be used for human subject research, but grantees must have all appropriate approvals, assurances, and certifications (including, but not limited to, IRB approval) prior to the enrollment of the first human subject. Funding for human subjects research is conditional on IRB approval or exemption of the research.

In the labeled field in the application form, include a declaration indicating IRB status of research (whether required to submit). If research involves human subjects, please include proof of submission and the IRB’s determination. If you are in doubt about whether the research involves human subjects, please contact the medical (Susie Hoffman, or social science (Bronwyn Blackwood, IRB. The committee may contact and consult the IRB regarding any given project. A project submitted with an incorrect human subject declaration will not be considered. The IRB’s determination will be considered definitive.

Independent Study

The Yamuna River Project is dependent on the continued research of  faculty members at the University of Virginia and elsewhere. Professors, students, and directors from Architecture, Art History, Leadership, Business, Engineering, Science, Politics and Health lead to comprehensive and coordinated research efforts regarding the Yamuna and Delhi extended. For further information, drop us an email.

Interdisciplinary Summer Program

A multidisciplinary travel program, open to all students at the University, looking at the urban challenges of contemporary developing cities like New Delhi. Urban ecologies, public health, politics, urban design, infrastructure, art, culture, or economics are some of the layers that build the ecosystem of the city. The urgent challenges of mega cities such as New Delhi demand a comprehensive examination of all these areas. Any solution needs to effectively address the critical situations of waste, water and air pollution, equity, health and social opportunities. This summer course is part of the Yamuna River Project and the broader engagement of the University of Virginia with India and New Delhi. In exposing the students to a vivid plethora of primary source observation, analysis, and research, this program aspires to enable a multi-disciplinary launch for research initiatives initiated by the students.


1. Yamuna River Project Studio at the UVA School of Architecture – Iñaki Alday, Pankaj Vir Gupta

After the fall 2016 studio tackling the 58 km of the Najafgarh Drain, the fall 2017 studio focused on the Supplementary Drain (a derivation of the Najafgarh), and most specifically on the last portion between the main landfill of Delhi (Bhalswa) and its mouth to the Najafgarh, including a comprehensive vision, and strategic interventions of urban design, architecture and landscape architecture.

2. Planning Studio at the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, Guoping Huang