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The Graduate-Level Research in Industrial Projects Program


2020 G-RIPS program runs:
June 22 – August 14

The Graduate-Level Research in Industrial Projects (G-RIPS) Program provides an opportunity for high-achieving graduate-level students to work in teams on a real-world research project proposed by a sponsor from industry or the public sector. Each G-RIPS team is comprised of four international students (two from the US and two from European universities), an academic mentor, and an industrial sponsor. The research problem is developed by the industrial sponsor in consultation with the Zuse-Institut Berlin (ZIB), Freie Universität Berlin and IPAM; it is always a real problem of serious interest to the sponsor and that offers a stimulating challenge to students.

The G-RIPS Summer Internship Program offers you a unique and rewarding summer. You’ll gain real-world work experience, work with international fellow students in interdisciplinary teams, and enjoy social outings in a vibrant international city. Interested students can apply for continuing the project towards a PhD.

Most of these projects involve both analytic and computational work. The students, with direction from their academic mentor and industrial sponsor, will learn about the problem, master the latest analytical and computational approaches and techniques to solve it. At the end of the program, the teams will present the results of their work and prepare a final report. English is the only language required for participation.

Industry mentors provide regular contact between the team and the sponsor, monitoring and helping to guide student work. Ultimately, G-RIPS provides valuable real-world technical and managerial experience for students as well as valuable R&D for sponsors.


Projects are selected to have a major mathematical component and to be something that will pose an interesting challenge to talented graduate students. Recent projects have included how to do a physics-based animation of a lava lamp, how to stitch together two images, how to analyze cancer data using microarrays, statistical data assimilation methods for weather data, and modeling particle transport phenomena in reactors. This is just a sampling of the types of projects assigned to G-RIPS teams. New industrial sponsors join the G-RIPS Program each year and the same projects are never repeated.

Please click here for the G-RIPS-BERLIN 2020 project descriptions.



Eligible applicants include master and PhD students from the areas of mathematics, computer or  natural sciences who are currently enrolled at an European university. Due to the large number of applications we typically receive, we do not accept applications from previous RIPS or G-RIPS students.

A resume, a letter of recommendation, and an academic record or transcript (unofficial) will be requested along with the completed application form.  See here for more details.

More Questions?

Please read the F.A.Q.’s, which can be found here or write us an email.

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