Call for Proposals: Indo-German Partnerships in Higher Education (IGP) 2020-2024

The“Indo-German Partnerships in Higher Education” (IGP), a joint programme by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), is now inviting proposals with the objective to support cooperation between higher education institutions in each country.

The MoU between DAAD and UGC for the second phase was signed during the 5th Indo-German Intergovernmental Consultations held in New Delhi on 1 November 2019. The Education ministries of India and Germany invested 3.5 million Euros each over a period of four years from 2020-2024 to encourage and support cooperation between higher education institutions in each country.

The programme is jointly funded by the Indian Ministry of Human
Resource Development (MHRD) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).


In India, all public institutions that are eligible to receive development grants from the UGC and all the MHRD funded institutions may apply.

In Germany, all state and state-recognized German institutions of higher education may apply.

What can be funded?

The planned activities from Indian and German sides should be balanced in nature.

Measures that can be funded are:

  • Measures aimed at the development of the
    internationalization strategies of the participating
  • Measures to develop and implement new teaching and
    research profiles (for e.g. develop research projects, develop and update study programmes)
  • Work meetings, workshops, summer and winter schools, conference participation
  • Study, teaching and research stays

The following are also eligible for funding:

  • Staff to coordinate the actions
  • Miscellaneous (non-research) related additional costs at home and abroad necessary in connection with the funded measures
  • Mobility of master students, doctoral students, postdocs, faculty and university managers

Framework Conditions

Cooperation agreements between the German and Indian partner institutions specifying the scope of collaboration between the partners should be submitted along with the application. Partner Institutions must in principle agree on mutual tuition fee waiver.

A concrete and precise partnership project jointly worked out and agreed on by both the partners should be submitted with the
application clearly mentioning the aim to be achieved.

Information on Funding

The funding period is max. 4 years.

Funding will start from July 1, 2020 and end on June 30, 2024.

The maximum funding per institution is Euro 400,000. –  for the German institution and approx. INR 3.2 crores for the Indian
institution divided over the 4 years. Funding to the Indian institution will be provided by the UGC, and by DAAD to the German institution.

Contact Person(s) and Further Information

University Grants Commission (UGC)
Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg
110002 New Delhi

Dr. Manju Singh

Joint Secretary

Tel.: +91 11 23238876

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Regional Office New Delhi
c/o DLTA complex, R.K. Khanna Stadium, 1 Africa Avenue
New Delhi110029

Shikha Sinha

Tel.: +91 11 6646 5510

Referat P24 – KooperationsprojekteNahost, Asien, Afrika und
Kennedyallee 50
53175 Bonn

Anke Bahrani

Tel. 0228 882 – 513  

Application Details and Deadline

For the application procedure, selection criteria, and enclosures, please refer to the detailed call announcement by UGC.

Application deadline is 1 March 2020.