Research Training Group
Big Data Research in the Biosciences

Partner Institutions

The following Indian higher education institutions are partners for the DBT India - Heidelberg University research training group "Big Data Research in the Biosciences"

Allahabad University

Delhi University (MoU pending)

Jawaharlal Nehru University

IIT Guwahati

IIT Kanpur

IIT Madras

Structure of the Program

The research training group consists of master and PhD students from both institutions. The group is located at Heidelberg University and was founded in November 2017 when the partners signed a memorandum of understanding on the program structure, the collaboration concept and the duration of the first funding phase.

Master Phase

During the master phase, 15-20 students from the Indian partner institutions visit Heidelberg for a period of 10 weeks. The visit is organized as a scientific winter school with a course program and lab individual lab training for all participants. The first winter school is organized from Jan 15th, 2018 to Mar 30th 2018. 

PhD Phase - Cotutelle Program

The duration of the PhD phase is planned for a duration of four years. In the first year PhD candidates define the research project for their PhD in cooperation with their two supervisors - one from an Indian partner institution and one from Heidelberg University. The project is started with a background research on the thesis topic and the training for the lab research phase.

The training and the research phase are split between stays at the home institution and stays at Heidelberg University -- the basis of a cotutelle PhD between Germany and India. After four years the PhD is finished by the candidate, handing in a thesis to Heidelberg University and a final thesis defense with examiners from both participating Higher Education Institutions.

Young researchers' program

The project itself is accompanied by a young researchers' program. Postdocs and young lecturers from India visit Heidelberg University for an extended period (6 months) to both join a work group of their choice and to support the program's teaching activities.

PhD candidates receive training alongside their research phase by compact courses of 3 to 10 days on methods, topics and software on the core issues of the program. The compact courses are organized by the graduate school and the Interdisciplinary Center fro Scientific Computing (IWR) in cooperation with the Indian partners.

Associated PhD Group Heidelberg

As part of the graduate school HGS MathComp the special interest group "Mathematics of Life" is the counterpart of the program from the Heidelberg side. The special interest group, consisting of PhD candidates, master students and young researchers, is associated with the research training group "Big Data Research in the Biosciences".