The India Branch Office (IBO) of the Max Weber Stiftung (MWS) in New Delhi was established by permission of the Reserve Bank of India in 2014 to promote research with a focus on history, culture, economic and social sciences. The goal of the Branch Office is to help build research contacts and collaborations between Indian, German and international humanities and social science research through research projects, conferences, workshops, lectures and related forms of research activity. The first project of the IBO was the collaborative Transnational Research Group on Poverty Reduction and Policy for the Poor between the State and Private Actors: Education Policy in India since the Nineteenth Century, which was funded by the MWS and directed by its German Historical Institute London (GHIL). The IBO is under the research direction of the India Centre of GHIL.
The research of the IBO consists of several projects run respectively by the India Research Programme of GHIL and ICAS: MP, the latter funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research. IBO is also a collaborative partner of Bilderfarhrzeuge and the International Standing Working Group on Medialization and Empowerment.
IBO staff include the Head of Office, locally employed administrative and research staff, and other project staff. The Head of Office is at present also the Head of the India Centre of GHIL and is directly responsible to the Central Office of the MWS and the Director of GHIL.