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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

  • 27 September 2019

    Application form submission deadline

    03 October 2019

    Announcement of short-list for written test and/or interview

    19-20 October 2019

    Written test and/or interview

    15 November (tentative)

    Announcement of list of provisionally selected candidates

Discipline wise written test/interview dates

  • 19 October, Saturday

    Chemical Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering

    20 October, Sunday

    Biological Engineering, Earth Sciences, Materials Science & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

List of existing PhD scholars | Brochure

  • Eligibility Criteria

    Eligibility Criteria

    B.Tech. students (Class of 2020) from NITs and other select colleges, who are among the top five rank holders in the department at the end of their third year (You may check with HOD/Director of your college to see if your college is included in the list of select colleges. You may also contact us at academics@iitgn.ac.in to check the eligibility).

    B.Tech. students (Class of 2020) from IITs with a CPI/CGPA of not less than 6.0 at the end of their third year.

    No GATE qualification requirement

  • Fellowship


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

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

  • Highlights


    Earn a Ph.D. degree directly after Bachelor’s degree.

    Get generous financial support in terms of stipend and travel grants.

    A fulltime residential researcher (RR) programme.

  • Application Procedure

    Application Procedure

    Application portal for admission to the Start Early Ph.D. programme beginning in July 2020 will open tentatively in August 2019. Final year B.Tech. students (graduating in 2020) 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 written test is generally based on the topics related to general aptitude (logical reasoning, analytical and numerical ability, etc.), writing skills, and basic courses of various disciplines at undergraduate level. The candidates who do not qualify in the written test need not appear for interview. The reserved category candidates will be given due relaxation in cutoff marks as per the norms.

    The candidates called for the Test / Interview will be reimbursed to and fro single second-sleeper class railway fare by the shortest route from their place of residence to the Institute /venue of the Test / Interview. It is required to produce evidence (railway ticket) in support of the claim.

  • Important Dates

    Important Dates

    Application form submission deadline  - 27 September 2019
    Announcement of short-list for written test and/or interview - 03 October 2019
    Written test and/or interview   - 19-20 October 2019
    Announcement of list of provisionally selected candidates - 15 November (tentative)
For further information, you may contact us at academics@iitgn.ac.in.