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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 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.

Important Dates

  • February 21, 2024

    Application Open

    March 20, 2024 by 5:00 PM (IST)

    Application Deadline

    April 3, 2024

    Announcement of Shortlist (Tentative)

    April 8- April 22, 2024

    Interviews and/or written test

    May 15, 2024

    Announcement of Results (Tentative)

Research overview | List of existing PhD scholars

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  • Eligibility Criteria

    Eligibility Criteria

    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 admission@iitgn.ac.in to check their eligibility.

    There is No GATE qualification requirement.

  • Fellowship


    Rs. 47,000/- per month (with valid GATE score)

    Rs. 37,000/- 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 47,000 (For candidates with valid GATE score) or Rs 37,000 (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

    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 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.

    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.

  • Focus Areas

    Focus Areas

    To know about the research activities at IIT Gandhinagar, please click here.

    You may also want to check the profiles of faculty members at IIT Gandhinagar to know more about their research areas.

    • Biological Sciences and Engineering

      1. Epigenomics and Genome regulation (Evolution of gene function, Stress response)
      2. DNA Regulatory Mechanisms
      3. Quadruplex Nucleic Acids in Disease Regulation, Chemical Biology
      4. Neuroscience (Learning, Memory, Neural Control of Movement, Movement Disorders, Rehabilitation)
      5. Ultrasound (Imaging, Diagnostics, and Ultrasound-mediated therapy)
      6. Biomolecular Crystallography
      7. Computational Biology, Systems Biology
      8. Plant biology (Development, Reproduction, Cell-cell Signaling, Biotechnology)
      9. Drug Delivery Technologies
      10. Biomaterials (Hydrogels and Implants),
      11. DNA Nanotechnology
      12. Stem Cell Differentiation and Tissue Engineering
      13. Neurodegenerative Diseases and Therapeutics
      14. Cancer Biology and Therapeutics
      15. Peptide Engineering

    • Chemical Engineering

      1.Chemical Reaction Engineering, Heterogeneous catalysis, Catalyst synthesis, Multiphase reactions
      2. Functional materials (CO2 capture, adsorbents), Surface Engineering and Superhydrophobic surfaces,
      3. Pharmaceutical Engineering and Drug Delivery, Biomaterials, nano-drug suspensions, microbubbles for biomedical applications such as drug delivery and ultrasonic imaging, Stimuli-responsive hydrogels, Biomedical Engineering,
      4. Wastewater treatment, Drinking water,
      5. Powder Technology, Particulate matter and aerosols,
      6. Polymer Processing, Polymer Gels, Polymer Blends, Shape memory polymers, Smart Polymeric Materials, Polymer Ionic Liquids, Polymer nanocomposites
      7. Process Engineering, Control, and Optimization, Cyber-Physical Systems for Industrial Manufacturing and Buildings, Machine Learning and Data Science,
      8. Colloids and Interfaces, Rheology,
      9. Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics, Molecular simulations, Protein aggregation and protein folding, Biomolecular Simulations,molecular dynamic simulations for aqueous solutions of drug molecules,
      10. Supercapacitors and other energy storage devices,
      11. Bio-printing, 3D printing,
      12. Crystallization of pharmaceuticals, polymorphic behavior of pharmaceuticals,
      13. Flow and transport in porous media, Hydrodynamic instability,
      14. Building Energy Management, Indoor air quality, atmospheric transport and transformation of pollutants,
      15.Synthetic biology, protein engineering
      16. Nanotechnology, Hybrid nanomaterials, and biomolecules for agricultural applications

    • Chemistry

      1. Chemistry Machine learning potentials in material simulations;
      2. Photocatalysis with gold nanoparticles, sunlight to hydrogen production, Single-particle spectroscopy, plasmonics;
      3. Molecular simulations of graphene membrane;
      4. Post-translational modifications influencing disordered protein aggregation;
      5. Electrochemical Reduction of CO2;
      6. Molecular electrocatalysis for nitrogen to ammonia interconversion, Development of novel organocatalysts, Application of organocatalysis to the asymmetric synthesis of bioactive molecules;
      7. Chemical Biology, Cancer therapeutics;
      8. Drug Discovery, Synthesis of Fluorescent dyes and polymers; and theranostic imaging, adsorptive materials, biomass-inorganic nanocomposites, rare earth element and N harvesting, Small molecule activation with Main group metal complexes, dinitrogen fixation

    • Civil Engineering

      1. Dynamic behavior;
      2. Liquefaction;
      3. Suction and collapse of unsaturated soils;
      4. Constitutive modeling;
      5. Earthquake Engineering;
      6. Geosynthetics;
      7. Machine learning architectures for Hydrological Sciences;
      8. Resilience of Urban water distribution systems;
      9. Land surface hydrologic modeling, remote sensing applications in hydrology, Climate change impacts on water resources;
      10. Dam breach and levee breach hydraulics, Integrated urban water management, Blockage/leak detection in pipes;
      11. Fire engineering, Sustainable building materials, Performance-based earthquake engineering, Tall structures, Probabilistic seismic hazard and ground motion characterisation, Seismic isolation of nuclear structures, Structural health assessment and monitoring, High-performance concrete, 3D concrete printing, Resilience of infrastructure, Computational solid mechanics, topology optimization, multiscale material modeling, Blast engineering;
      12. Environmental Engineering;
      13. Aerosol and Air Qaulity;
      14. Indoor Air Quality;
      15. Pollution Mitigation, Climate Change Risk Assessment on Water Infrastructure, Modeling of floods and droughts, Transportation Engineering, Mechanistic modeling of flexible and rigid pavements, pavement-environment interaction, urban sustainability, AI/ML applications in pavement engineering

    • Cognitive and Brain Science

      1. Learning, Memory,
      2. Motor Control, Movement Disorders, Rehabilitation, Visuo-motor control and processing,
      3. Emotion, Attentional selection and control,
      4. Visual Cognition, Embodied Cognition, Multlingual Cognition,
      5. Robotics, Human Robot Interaction,
      6. Decision Making,
      7. Neural Correlates of Music & Meditation,
      8. Early Detection of Alzheimers Disease using Machine learning,
      9. Brain Connectivity,
      10. Tactile Perception,
      11. Bilingual Processing,
      12. Mental Lexicon,
      13. Multisensory Perception,
      14. Curiosity

    • Computer Science and Engineering

      1. Theoretical computer science, Computational complexity, Algebra and computation, Algorithms;
      2. Machine learning;
      3. Quantum machine learning, Natural language Processing, Large Language Modelling;
      4. Computer Vision, Computer Graphics, Deep Learning Applications for Vision and Graphics;
      5. Brain-computer interface, Eye-tracking, Medical imaging, Artificial intelligence of things, eHealth;
      6. Software Engineering using Generative AI, Empirical Software Engineering, Software Testing, Mining Software Repositories;
      7. System security, Web security, Usable privacy and security, Formal methods and verification

    • Earth Sciences

      1. Climate Change, Water Resources,
      2. Solid Earth, Mineralogy and Mineral Physics, High Pressure Metamorphism,
      3. Geothermal Energy, Carbonate Depositional Systems, Sea level change
      4. Geophysics, Geodynamic Modelling, Statistical Seismology, Numerical modeling of landscapes,
      5. River Science, Earth Surface Processes, tectonic geomorphology
      6. Natural Hazards and risk, Remote sensing & GIS,
      7. Environmental Archaeology, Geoarchaeology,
      8. Archaeology, Ceramic Petrology, Ancient Technology,
      9. Mircopalaeontology and Palaeoclimate

    • Electrical Engineering

      1. Nanoelectronics, Nanotechnology, Advanced Semiconductor Devices, Emerging Memories, High-Frequency Analog Circuit Design, Multi-scale modeling, Analog IC Design, Semiconductor device and process modeling, Power Management IC Design
      2. VLSI Design, Computing in Memory for ML, AI Hardware, Computer Architecture
      3. Power Management Integrated Circuit (PMIC) Design, IoT electronic system design
      4. Biomedical Engineering, Human Computer Interaction
      5. Computer Vision, Image and Video Processing, Computer Graphics, Deep Learning
      6. Signal Processing, Soft Computing
      7. Control Systems, Estimation Theory
      8. Power Systems and Smart Grid
      9. Electrical Machines and Power Electronics
      10. Smart power electronics for Renewable Energy Integration and Electric Vehicles
      11. Photonic Sensors, Fibre-optics, Nanophotonics, Electromagnetic Metamaterials, Computational Electromagnetics
      12. Next-generation ultrasound imaging and therapy

    • Humanities and Social Sciences

      1. Cognitive Linguistics, Linguistic Anthropology;
      2. Modern Indian History, History of Bengal and Northeast India in the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries;
      3. Indian Writing in English, Representation of Women in Indian English along with Bengali literature, Indian Diasporic Literature in English;
      4. Ethnoarchaeology and Experimental Archaeology, Archaeometry, Archaeometallurgy,Museum Studies (including new museology), Indigenous Archaeology, Field Archaeology;
      5. Education, Educational Technology, Teacher Professional Development, Learning Sciences

    • Materials Engineering

      1. 2D Materials and heterostructures, Quantum materials, Spintronics, Desalination and Fuel cell membranes, Nanoscale Transport
      2. Non-wetting, Tribology, Ceramics Processing, Corrosion
      3. Alloy design, Phase Transformations, Vacuum Technologies
      4. Antimicrobial polymers and surfaces
      5. Thin Film Fabrication, Optoelectronic Characterization, Thermochromic coating, low emissivity coating
      6. Mechanical properties of high entropy alloys at different temperaure, cu-Ag sintering
      7. High temperature alloys, Physical metallurgy, Deformation mechanism, Al-,Cu-,Fe-based alloys
      8. AI and ML applications in Materials Science
      9. Biomaterials, Environmental Application of Materials, Nanomaterials, nanomedicine

    • Mathematics

      1. Partial Differential Equations
      2. Probability & Stochastic Processes
      3. Matrix Analysis
      4. Spectral Graph Theory

    • Mechanical Engineering

      1. Thermofluids: Fluid Mechanics and Heat transfer, Compressible flows, Turbulence, Combustion and propulsion, Fuel cells, Complex Fluids, Porous media, Boiling, Condensation and frosting.
      2. Robotics and Dynamics Systems: Control systems, Robotics, Nonlinear dynamics and wave propagation
      3. Solid Mechanics: Material Mechanics, Biomechanics, Fracture mechanics, Beams, Composites

    • Physics

      1. Particle physics theory: Flavor physics, Dark Matter
      2. Theoretical High Energy Physics: Hot and Dense QCD matter
      3. High Energy Theory: Effective Field Theory and scattering amplitude and theircapplication to gravitational wave, TQFT and AdS/CFT
      4.Nanostructure synthesis and characterization for photonics device applications
      5. Nanomagnetism and Spintronics
      6. 2D Materials and heterostructures, Quantum materials, Desalination and Fuel cell membranes, Nanoscale Transport
      7. Experimental Active Matter Physics
      8. Soft Condensed Matter Physics, sedimentation and flow of colloidal suspensions; active matter dynamics

For further information, you may contact us at admission@iitgn.ac.in.