Funding Rates and Measures Within the Strategic Partnership RWTH Aachen University – IIT Madras

 

Funding Rates

Scholarships
Travel and Visa One-off 525 Euros
Living Expenses Monthly 800 Euros Master students
1,125 Euros PhD students
Short-term stay 250 Euros per week
Faculty and Staff
Travel and Visa Actual costs according to Bundesreisekostengesetz up to 1,000 Euros
Accommodation and Daily Rate Actual costs according to Bundesreisekostengesetz up to 150 Euros per day

 

Measures

Research Fellowships / Student Life-Cycle

This program encompasses the entire student lifecycle in order to build scientific careers marked by a strong bond with both partners and the assets of thorough scientific expertise as well as a deep intercultural understanding.
Naturally, a student who has already completed research in the host institution environment will require much less introductory supervision, and encounter far less practical or intercultural hurdles, thus speeding up the process of obtaining tangible results.

Promising students at undergraduate level are introduced to research work by means of short-term undergraduate research internships at the partner’s laboratories. After completion of their bachelor’s degree, successful participants of an undergraduate research internship are invited to take on a jointly-supervised master’s thesis. This will involve a prolonged research stay with the partner undertaking research and completing the thesis. The Master’s thesis project will be designed in such a way that upon completion a joint PhD project will consecutively be taken on, culminating in a Joint Degree during a long-term exchange stay. In each stage funding will be provided for mobility and stay.

Core Objectives:

  • Facilitate long-term research collaborations and joint publications
  • Build scientific careers marked by strong bonds with both institutions
  • Educate highly qualified human resources with intercultural assets

Target Groups and Funding Periods:

  • PhD students; up to 12 months
  • MA students; up to 7 months
  • BA students; 1 month

Research Team Missions

Senior researchers are invited to apply for grants from the program budget and conduct Research Team Missions with a potential partner institution. A research team will consist of a principal investigator, a postdoc and a PhD student (or a PhD student and Master’s student). The visits will serve to develop, plan and kick off new collaborative research projects. The visits may also be used to write joint proposals for external project funding.

Core Objectives:

  • Spark new research collaborations
  • Facilitate joint proposals
  • Generate joint publications

Target Groups and Funding Periods:

  • Faculty; 14 days
  • Postdocs; 1 month
  • PhD students; 1 month
  • MA students; 1 month
  • BA students; 1 month

Joint workshops, courses, seminars & summer/winter schools

Internal calls for proposals of jointly held workshops, short practical courses or seminars involving reciprocal stays and summer schools are issued on an annual basis.

Core Objectives:

  • Consolidate research collaborations
  • Use synergies in teaching
  • Internationalise classrooms
  • Lay foundations for establishment of double degree courses
  • Educate highly qualified human resources with intercultural assets

Target Groups and Funding Periods:

  • Faculty & staff; up to 14 days
  • PhD students; up to 14 days
  • MA students; up to 14 days
  • BA students; up to 14 days

Invited talks & distinguished lectures

In order to enhance knowledge and awareness of important research activities at the respective partner institution and to promote the Strategic Partnership, senior faculty are invited to deliver distinguished lectures. These talks will be organised as prestigious events open to the entire university community and will address issues of broad interest.

Core Objectives:

  • Facilitate research collaborations and joint publications
  • Promote partnership
  • Prize outstanding research

Target Groups and Funding Periods:

  • Faculty; up to 4 days

Student internships with industry partners

Industry internships facilitated by IIT Madras Research Park and industry contacts in the Aachen region are eligible to funding of travel expenses.

Letters of intent have already been provided by Saint Gobain Research India as well as Saint Gobain Herzogenrath Research & Development Centre.

Core Objectives:

  • Foster application, industry cooperation and entrepreneurship
  • Educate highly qualified human resources with intercultural assets

Target Group and Funding Periods:

  • PhD students; only travel grant
  • MA students; only travel grant
  • BA students; only travel grant

Student clubs

Student club teams or association members can apply for funding for exchange visits in order to collaborate on projects that serve the overall objectives of the partnership. For example, student activities in fields such as robotics or synthetic biology offer promising possibilities for networking and collaboration at student level.

Core Objectives:

  • Networking at student level
  • Collaborative initiatives at student level
  • Educate highly qualified human resources with intercultural assets

Target Groups and Funding Periods:

  • PhD students; up to 7 days
  • MA students; up to 7 days
  • BA students; up to 7 days

Administrative staff exchange

Administrative staff exchange contributes greatly to the institutionalization of the partnership by deepening the knowledge of the respective partner institution in every-day administrative matters and will further internationalize both institutions at the administrative level. In addition, making personal contact on the working level facilitates communication and streamlining of administrative work flow.

Core Objectives:

  • Institutionalization of partnership
  • Smooth operation of administrative matters
  • Contribute to internationalization of administration

Target Groups and Funding Periods:

  • Staff; up to 4 days

Work Meetings: Development of a Joint Master’s Program

Joint Master’s Programs (double degrees) shall be developed in order to combine complementary existing degree course profiles. They shall include structured exchange stays on the ground as well as joint digital teaching, ideally culminating in jointly supervised theses.

Core objectives:

  • Generate joint alumni
  • Prepare excellent candidates for joint PhD
  • Use synergies through complementary teaching
  • Internationalise classrooms
  • Educate highly qualified human resources with intercultural assets

Target Groups and Funding Periods:

  • Faculty & staff; up to 7 days

Work Meetings: Development of Joint Digital Teaching Formats

Joint Digital Teaching Formats shall be developed in order to promote the innovative teaching profiles of both partners, such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Flipped Classrooms and Virtual Labs, and to use them complementary in the respective degree courses.

Core Objectives:

  • Consolidate research collaborations
  • Use synergies through complementary teaching
  • Internationalise classrooms
  • Lay foundations for establishment of double degree courses

Target Groups and Funding Periods:

  • Faculty & staff; up to 7 days

Work Meetings: Industry Cooperations

An important aspect of the strategic partnership is to secure long-term involvement of industrial partners by way of tripartite collaboration agreements. These involve reciprocally beneficial measures such as research opportunities for students at all levels, student internship placements, reciprocal consultancy, seminars and may be extended to commitments towards sponsored visits, scholarships and joint or contracted research projects. Companies with contacts to researchers at both universities are prime candidates to be approached.

Core Objectives:

  • Research collaborations and sponsored research
  • Educate highly qualified human resources with intercultural assets
  • Secure funds for scholarships

Target Groups and Funding Periods:

  • Faculty & staff; up to 7 days

Work Meetings: Joint Alumni Measures

Knowing and valuing alumni as high quality indicators and multipliers of programs, both partners want to stay in touch with all exchange participants by means of a shared database. The goal is to follow and evaluate the individual career paths of alumni, to reintegrate them into the program-cycle as role models for students, and to set up and promote scientific and industrial collaborations with them. Alumni measures within the strategic partnership are focused on three aspects: Senior-brings-Junior program with “Research Alumni Awards”, job-shadowing for students to link up with alumni in local industry, and a Social Day bringing together new exchange students and program alumni.

Core Objectives:

  • Create lasting bonds with joint alumni
  • Facilitate networking for alumni
  • Foster industry cooperation
  • Educate highly qualified human resources with intercultural assets

Target Groups and Funding Periods:

  • Faculty & staff; up to 7 days