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.
October 20, 2023
October 21, 2023 (tentative)
Shortlisting announcement (Tentative)
October 25-November 10, 2023 (tentative)
Written test and/or interview
November 25, 2023 (tentative)
Announcement of Result (Tentative)
Final year BTech (or equivalent undergraduate degree in Engineering) students from NITs with a CPI/ CGPA of not less than 8.0 at the end of their 3rd year for candidates from General/EWS/OBC categories OR CPI/ CGPA of not less than 7.5 at the end of their 3rd year for candidates from SC/ST/PwD categories. Students who are among the top 5 rank holders in the departments at the end of their pre-final year for General/EWS/OBC categories or top 10 rank holders in the departments at the end of their pre-final year for candidates from SC/ST/PwD categories and who do not meet the CPI/ CGPA criteria as mentioned here shall also be eligible.
Final year BTech (or equivalent undergraduate degree in Engineering) students from select colleges who are among the top 5 rank holders in the departments at the end of their pre-final year for candidates from General/EWS/OBC categories or top 10 rank holders in the departments at the end of their pre-final year for candidates from SC/ST/PwD categories.
Students from Final year BTech (or equivalent undergraduate degree in Engineering) from IITs with a CPI/CGPA of not less than 6.0 at the end of their 3rd year.
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. You may download a template of the certificate from the application portal. Students may contact us firstname.lastname@example.org to check their eligibility.
There is 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.
The selected candidates will have opportunity to spend their final semester at IITGN. Please see the details on the visiting students programme here.
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 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.
The mode (offline/online) and dates for the written test (if any) and interview will be communicated to the shortlisted candidates by their respective departments.
Application Deadline - October 20, 2023 Shortlisting announcement (Tentative) - October 21, 2023 (tentative) Written test and/or interview - October 25-November 10, 2023 (tentative) Announcement of Result (Tentative) - November 21, 2023 (tentative)