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 scientists and 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.
15 December 2021
Application Opens (Tentative)
14 January 2022
Application Submission Deadline
25 January 2022
Shortlist Announcement (Tentative)
01-06 February 2022
25 February 2022
Announcement of Results (Tentative)
BTech students from NITs and select colleges who will graduate in 2022 or have graduated in 2021 and are among the top 5 rank holders in the departments at the end of their pre-final year ( at the end of their final year for 2021 graduates) for candidates from General/EWS/OBC OR top 10 rank holders in the departments at the end of their pre-final year (at the end of their final year for 2021 graduates) for candidates from SC/ST categories are eligible to apply.
BTech students from IITs who will graduate in 2022 or have graduated in 2021 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 the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to check their eligibility.
No GATE qualification requirement
Rs. 41,000/- per month (with valid GATE score)
Rs. 31,000/- per month (without GATE score)
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.
All applications must be submitted online. On submission of the application form, the candidate will be redirected to the homepage of the portal, where they can download the form. The applicants are requested to download the form and keep a copy with them. A mail to the candidate regarding the details of the application and a link to download the application form is sent after the submission.
You need to furnish a 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.
While applying online you need to upload a rank certificate or a provisional certificate issued by the Head of the Department of your college/university.
There is NO application fee.
You NEED NOT send the hard-copy of the application form.
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.
Application Opens (Tentative) - 15 December 2021 Application Submission Deadline - 14 January 2022 Shortlist Announcement (Tentative) - 25 January 2022 Interview (Tentative) - 01-06 February 2022 Announcement of Results (Tentative) - 25 February 2022