IMPECS is envisioned to consist of

  1. ten research groups,
  2. the visiting professorship program,
  3. an exchange program for graduate students,
  4. a community building program to organize schools/workshops,
  5. postdoc positions for Indian researchers at MPI-INF and MPI-SWS.

IMPECS Research Groups

IMPECS will support 10 research groups at Indian Institutions. The criterion for the research groups is scientific quality and a joint research program with departments at MPI-INF or MPI-SWS. Each group is lead by a principal investigator (PI).

Max Planck India Visiting Professorships

The idea behind instituting these professorships is to make it easier for Indian and German scientists to spend extended research stays at one or multiple institutions in India.

  1. The professorship would cover the travel expenses to and within India.
  2. It would also provide a generous but fixed daily allowance to the fellow for the duration of his/her stay in India.
  3. It is expected that the Indian Institutions/Universities hosting the fellow can provide him/her accommodation free of cost and also provide the fellow with the necessary office space.

Graduate-Student Exchange

IMPECS will support the exchange of graduate (masters and Ph.D) students between its research groups and MPI-INF and MPI-SWS. In exceptional cases, the program is also open to other graduate-students. In years 1, 2 and 3, 10 Indian students would be spending 2 summer months in Germany and 5 German students would be spending 2 months each in India. In years 4 and 5, the number of Indian students will increase from 10 to 15 and the number of German students from 5 to 10.

Postdoc Program

Postdoc positions at MPI-SWS and MPI-INF for Indian researchers will be available. In the first year, there will be 2 postdoc positions, in the second year, there will be 3, in the fourth and fifth year, there will be 4.


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