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Start Early PhD

IIT Gandhinagar recognizes the importance of creating opportunities for aspiring young learners to gain entry into the exciting arena of scientific research. The Start Early Ph.D. Fellowship of IITGN is conceived to meet this need. This full-time residential fellowship is designed to enable budding engineers to gain early entry into the Ph.D. programmes at IIT Gandhinagar. The objective of this programme is to put promising young undergraduate students from diverse disciplines on the fast-track mode of cutting edge technological research in order to prepare them to participate in the process of nation building.

Important Dates

  • 20 February 2021

    Application Submission Deadline

    28 February 2021

    Shortlist Announcement

    03-09 March 2021

    Interview (Tentative)

Research overview | List of existing PhD scholars | Brochure


  • Brochure
  • Eligibility Criteria

    Eligibility Criteria

    BTech students from NITs and select colleges who will graduate in 2021 or have graduated in 2020 and are among the top 5 rank holders in the departments at the end of their pre-final year and final year respectively are eligible to apply.

    BTech students from IITs who will graduate in 2021 or have graduated in 2020 with a CPI/CGPA of not less than 6.0 at the end of their 3rd year and 4th year respectively are eligible to apply.

    You may check with HOD/Director of your college to see if your college is included in the list of select colleges. The Department Head / Principal / Director of the respective institute will be required to issue a rank certificate supporting each application. Students may contact us at academics@iitgn.ac.in to check their eligibility.

    No GATE qualification requirement

  • Fellowship


    Rs. 41,000/- per month (with valid GATE score)

    Rs. 31,000/- per month (without GATE score)

  • Highlights


    GATE score is NOT mandatory for admission

    Candidates are encouraged to appear for GATE for an enhanced stipend rate

    Monthly stipend of Rs 41,000 (For candidates with valid GATE score) or Rs 31,000 (for others)

    Travel support up to Rs 2 Lakhs for attending international conferences

    Support of up to $12,500 may be considered for research at leading Universities/Labs abroad for a period of upto 6 months

  • Application Procedure

    Application Procedure

    Application portal for admission to the Start Early Ph.D. programme beginning in July 2021 is now open. B.Tech. students from select institutes are eligible to apply and all applications must be submitted online. On successful submission of the application form, a confirmation screen will appear with a link to download the submitted application form. Please save the application form. You need to furnish hardcopy of the application form and all the documentary evidence (copies of testimonials, certificates, publications, work experience and research/professional experience) at the time of interview. Incomplete applications will be rejected.

    There is NO application fee.

    You NEED NOT send the hard-copy of the application form.

  • Admission Procedure

    Admission Procedure

    Admission is generally offered on the basis of an interview, which is supplemented by a written test if necessary. The final selection will be mainly based on academic credentials, written test and/or interview.

    The reserved category candidates will be given due relaxation in cutoff marks as per the norms.

    In view of the current Covid-19 scenario all interviews will be done via online mode.

  • Important Dates

    Important Dates

    Application Submission Deadline - 20 February 2021
    Shortlist Announcement - 28 February 2021
    Interview (Tentative) - 03-09 March 2021
For further information, you may contact us at academics@iitgn.ac.in.