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India is a country of top strategic importance to Purdue. The Purdue-India relationship is deep and broad. Approximately 2700 Indian students call Purdue home and 265 faculty and staff of Indian origin provide instruction and engage in world-changing research on campus and with partner institutions in India. Purdue has a strong and growing alumni network in India and increasing numbers of collaborations with corporate and institutional partners. Purdue is committed to long-term strategic engagement with India.

OVDF – Overseas Visiting Doctoral Fellowship As per the 2017 Memorandum of Understanding between Purdue University and the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) of India, SERB sponsors 12-month research visits to Purdue, by visiting doctoral students who are pursuing their doctorate degrees at Indian Institutions, under the Overseas Visiting Doctoral Fellowship program. Students must be enrolled in PhD programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (including Medicine, Pharma, Agriculture and related S&T area disciplines). The program aims to provide meaningful international research experiences for top PhD students enrolled in Indian institutions while fostering collaborations between research groups in order to strengthen institutional partnerships between Purdue and Indian higher education institutions. 

Purdue Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE)  This nine-week summer program in partnership with three Indian Institutes of Technology: IIT Madras, IIT Bombay, and IIT Hyderabad ran from 2016 to 2020 and is currently on hold. Through the program, top third-year students in BTech or fourth-year students in dual-degree programs were matched with Purdue faculty to work on summer research projects. PURE was created in 2016 as a mechanism to raise interest in Purdue graduate programs among high-caliber students from IITs and foster collaborations in research and education by strengthening institutional partnerships—including department-to-department and research group-to-research group activities—while providing substantive research experience to top Indian undergraduates. 

To learn more about these programs, contact Heidi Arola, Managing Director of Global Partnerships and India Engagement Coordinator To learn more about the Purdue-India Initiative overall, visit

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