Infosys, a global consulting, technology and outsourcing company, has donated $2 million to the Institute for Advanced Study to support visiting scientists and scholars.
The Infosys endowment fund will be used to support two scholars across the Institute’s four schools each year. Visiting scientists and scholars at the Institute, known as “Members,” are at selected from the world’s leading universities and research institutions and spend time at the Institute doing research unencumbered by teaching and administrative obligations.
Infosys, which is headquartered in Bangalore, India, has a longstanding connection with the Institute through the Infosys Prize, which has recognized several of its former visiting scientists in mathematics.
“This generous donation from Infosys is a remarkable recognition of the Institute for Advanced Study’s legacy, and is a powerful endorsement of our future promise,” said Robbert Dijkgraaf, director of the Institute. “The freedom and independence to pursue the most interesting and relevant questions about nature and humanity have been the essence of the Institute for more than eighty years. In particular, the field of computing—where Infosys is making such important contributions today—had its start at the Institute under the direction of legendary mathematician John von Neumann. The Institute exists to provide an optimal environment where scholars from all over the world can think and share, imagine and risk, and begin again without conditions and limitations. The extraordinary gift from Infosys will help us continue to meet this critical need.”