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International Opportunities


The VT-TUD dual degree program allows students to earn two research-based master's degrees by combining coursework and research at both institutions. Students will pursue one thesis and supplement their plan of study with unique courses from each campus.

VT students complete their first year of study on either the Blacksburg or greater Washington, DC area campuses. The second year is on location in Darmstadt and includes options for an individualized summer plan such as German language study, research, and other opportunities.

TUD students complete their first year in Darmstadt. The second year is at either the Blacksburg or greater Washington, DC area VT campus. TUD students will work with the Cranwell International Center and attend ME department orientation prior to the start of fall semester.


Thapar, India

Mechanical Engineering Professor Roop Mahajan has strong ongoing relationships with two Indian institutions—Thapar Institute for Engineering & Technology in Patiala (Punjab, India) and VT India, Chennai (Tamil Nadu, India). Interested applicants should contact me, if help is needed to facilitate appropriate contact with either of these institutions. 

The American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) invites applications from scholars from all disciplines who wish to conduct their research in India. Junior fellowships are given to doctoral candidates at universities in the U.S. to conduct research for their dissertations in India for up to eleven months. Senior long-term (six to nine months) and short-term (four months or less) fellowships are available for scholars who hold the Ph.D. degree. Scholarly/Professional development fellowships are available to scholars and professionals who have not previously worked in India. Creative and Performing Arts fellowships are available to practitioners of the arts of India.

Eligible applicants include:

  1. U.S. citizens; and 
  2. citizens of other countries who are students or faculty members at U.S. colleges and universities (this rule does not apply to U.S. citizens). 

Applications can be downloaded from the web site For more information about the program, contact the American Institute of Indian Studies  (773) 702-8638 /