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A recent working paper from the Drivers and Dynamics of High-Skilled Migration project studies the mobility of Indian academics.

Globalisation and economic integration has further internationalised higher education, but to date, there has been little attention paid to the mobility of academics.

Using unique data from a recent survey of about 10,000 Indian academics worldwide, authors Mathias Czaika and Sorana Toma examine the drivers and dynamics of international academic mobility.

They find there is a strong importance of past career steps in facilitating future career opportunities and mobility for Indian academics. For instance, excellent grades in high-school and/or international experience as a student seem to be pre-conditions for later academic employment abroad.