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The fundamental mission of the Ph.D. program of IITGN is to foster creative and scholarly inquiry while inculcating intellectual habits required for successful careers in teaching, research, innovation and entrepreneurship. At its core, it is envisioned that an IITGN Ph.D. degree will be a personal journey for the student during which they undergo deep introspection, and mature both academically and personally. Without compromising on the above core ideals and fundamental mission, the Ph.D. program affords flexibility and independence while encouraging the various interdisciplinary interactions needed for learning.

Central to an effective Ph.D. program at any institute is the quality of faculty. Despite its young age, IITGN has made tremendous strides in recruiting outstanding faculty who have a deep passion for research. These faculty members are paired with bright and talented doctoral students recruited through a highly selective process, and this combination is already yielding rich dividends in our doctoral program. Numerous Ph.D. students have received awards at national and international conferences for their research, and several of our students have been recipients of prestigious national and international fellowships such as the Fulbright-Nehru Award and the Shastri Indo-Canadian Fellowship.

We have an extremely diverse Ph.D. student body. Our students come from 27 different states of the country, creating a culturally rich and heterogeneous student body. These students work in an interdisciplinary environment and about 15% of students have their primary mentor from outside their home discipline. The porous academic boundaries that IITGN shares with other institutes in the Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar metro area further creates an intellectually stimulating environment where students can receive inputs from a diverse academic community.

Program Requirements

Although the core of the Ph.D. program emphasizes top-quality research, there is also a substantial coursework requirement in the Ph.D. program at IITGN. This coursework provides students the fundamentals needed in their research and allows them to explore other areas. Students are also required to take project courses that foster a spirit of curiosity and creativity, and prepare them to face a diversity of challenges. More specific details are available in the PhD program advisory.

PhD Admissions