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  • Is it possible for undergraduate students to apply for the Winter School?

No. The winter school is for Ph.D. students, postdocs, and early career researchers.

  • Do I have to submit all application documents again if I already applied for one of the last Summer Institutes on Bounded Rationality in Berlin?

As required by German law regulating confidentiality issues, we were not allowed to keep application documents. Therefore, we have to ask you to submit all materials again.

  • I was a participant at one of the previous Summer Institutes on Bounded Rationality in Berlin. Is it possible to participate again?

We are glad that you liked it, but given the limited number of slots, we shall first give preference to candidates who have not had the opportunity to participate. Nonetheless, you can always apply.

  • I was a participant at the last winter school on Bounded Rationality in Manipal. Is it possible to participate again?

We are glad that you liked it, but given the limited number of slots, we cannot offer you participation again this year.

  • Do I have to apply for visa if I am not an Indian national?

Yes, all foreign nationals entering India are required to possess a valid international travel document in the form of a national passport with a valid visa obtained from an Indian Mission or Post abroad.

Please refer to the website for further details:

Kindly contact us in case you would require an invitation letter for the visa application.

  • Will accommodation and meals be covered?

We will provide accommodation at TAPMI guest rooms from January 13, 2019 to January 20, 2019. Kindly do not ask for earlier accommodation at the campus, since we have limited housing facilities and multiple events around that time. You shall be provided with breakfast, lunch, tea and snacks at TAPMI during the winter school, and some social dinners will be covered during the winter school! Moreover, Manipal town, which is around 10 km from TAPMI campus, offers a variety of international food. You can engage auto rickshaws/taxis to travel to Manipal/Udupi from TAPMI campus.

  • Would travel costs be covered by the stipend?

We can provide limited travel grant to full-time doctoral scholars (currently not yet awarded their PhD degree) who need it. Hence, in the application we ask whether you would be interested in attending the winter school if we are unable to provide funding. We also encourage participants in employment (Post-doctoral scholars, early career researchers and industry participants) to apply for funding from their own universities/institutions.

The limited travel allowance is maximum Rs. 15,000 (~200 EUR/225 USD) for intercontinental flights and maximum Rs. 10,000 (~135 EUR /150 USD) for travel within India. Be sure to check out the different possibilities to get to Manipal. The nearest international Airport is Mangalore International Airport, located around 50 km from Manipal. The nearest railway station is located about 4 km west of Manipal, in Udupi, on the Konkan railway line. Manipal is also very well connected by buses plying from major cities like Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad, etc. Please do not hesitate to contact us, if you have any questions regarding travelling and costs. We can provide you with phone numbers regarding using rental cars for participants from Airport and railway station to TAPMI campus.

  • How does the reimbursement procedure work?

To receive the travel reimbursement, participants will need to submit a copy of the travel invoice together with the original travel documents (boarding passes, train tickets, and/or bus tickets). The reimbursement amount will be wired directly to the bank account within two months after the documents are received.

  • How can I prepare for Poster Presentations and Speed Talks?

Participants will present a poster of their research project that is relevant to the winter school. This is a great opportunity to get feedback and suggestions from all attendees. The poster should be printed before the start of the winter school. The size of the poster should be no larger than A0 size: 1189 mm x 841 mm (portrait or landscape).

In a speed talk session, participants will describe their research and/or practice within 60 seconds on stage. On screen, there will only be the participant’s name, affiliation and the poster title. The speed talk should provide the gist of the research/practice and attract others to find out more at your poster presentation. Ideally, a speed talk should cover the following points: What is the central issue? Why is it important or why is it novel? How is the issue addressed? (Also: What is the key finding? in case you are a researcher). A short video on the MPI website: provides some additional pointers about how to give a good speed talk.

  • Can I submit more than one application at the winter school?

No. We encourage one application per candidate.

  • What happens if two applicants submit the same abstract?

If two authors/applicants submit the same research work/abstract, we can admit only one person based on SOP, CV, Reco and other application material.

If you have more questions concerning applying, the program, travelling or costs, please feel free to contact us at