PDFs represent the next generation of IISC researchers and educators. They will conduct cutting-edge research and gain supervisory experience by being involved in undergraduate and graduate student academic training. Similar to graduate trainees, PDFs will have co-supervisors from different domain areas. Strategic PDF recruitment will strengthen existing national and international collaborations while fostering new ones. The host university for the trainee may either be the U of C or the partner university, provided the trainee spends at least two-thirds of the time at the U of C.