IMDEA stands for for Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies. The acronym stems from the Spanish name: “Instituto Madrileño De Estudios Avanzados”.
The IMDEA Software Institute is a research institute and its members have no teaching obligations.
The IMDEA Software Institute has agreements and collaborates closely with several universities in the Madrid region. These agreements include provisions for collaboration in graduate education which allow (and encourage) IMDEA Software Institute members to teach graduate courses and participate in the design and improvement of graduate programs.
IMDEA Software has an ample Ph.D. scholarship program. While the IMDEA Software Institute does not grant Ph.D. degrees itself, Ph.D. students are funded by and work at the IMDEA Software Institute, and obtain their Ph.D.s in one of the universities of the Madrid region (or in other international institutions) with which the Institute has signed agreements, and in collaboration with these institutions.
No, the working language of the Institute is English. Spanish is of course convenient for everyday life, but not necessary: Madrid is a cosmopolitan city that is used to catering for foreigners (and there are many places where you are much more likely to run into foreigners than into Spaniards!). Of course, if you are interested in learning Spanish, working in Madrid offers an excellent opportunity.
Yes, since the IMDEA Software Institute is a non-profit independent organization, constituted as a foundation, it can accept donations. If you are interested in donating, please contact our General Manager, María Alcaraz.