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PhD, Direct PhD and MS (by Research) at IIT Madras [Jan 2020]: Apply by Oct 31: Expired

IIT Madras invites applications for the PhD and MS by Research Programmes starting January 2020.

PhD Programme is offered in

  • Engineering
  • Sciences
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Management

MS (by Research) is offered in

  • Engineering
  • Management
  • Entrepreneurship

Financial Assistance

Scholars admitted to Ph.D. and M.S. programmes under Regular scheme are eligible for the following Half-Time Research Assistantship (HTRA) for which:

(a) They should work for 8 hours per week in the Departments to earn this assistantship.
(b) Renewal of assistantship every semester will be contingent on enrollment, satisfactory progress in research work and good performance during the preceding semester in the discharge of responsibility as research assistant.


a) M.Sc./M.A/M.Com or equivalent qualification with valid GATE/NET:  Rs.31,000/- p.m. (First 2 years)
b) M.E/M.Tech or equivalent qualification: Rs.31,000/- p.m. (First 2 years)

Rs.35,000/- p.m. next 3 years


In Engineering / Management: Rs.12,400/- p.m. for the period of 2 ½ years.

Other scholarships like UGC-JRF, CSIR-JRF, DBT-JRF, NBHM, INSPIRE etc. may also be available for those who had qualified for these schemes and if you are admitted under any one of these scholarships then the amount of fellowship will be as per the norms of the funding agency.

The admission procedure and other requirements are same as applicable for the Regular HTRA candidates.

Selection Procedure

Eligible candidates possessing the minimum educational qualifications (as given in section 5)  eligible degree (as given in section 6) and satisfying additional and stiffer criteria set by the departments from time to time, will be called for an “test and interview” or “interview” by the Selection Committees of the respective departments.

For candidates who have obtained PG degree 10 years earlier as on the last date prescribed for receipt of the completed application, a departmental test will be conducted.

The applications of foreign nationals may be considered without a personal interview / test (details vide section 7).

Based on the academic record and the performance of the candidates in the interview and/or test, the Departmental Selection Committee will recommend to the Chairman, Senate the names of candidates found suitable for admission to the M.S. / Ph.D. programme.

Admission for Foreign Nationals

Foreign Nationals are those with foreign passport including those who are Person of Indian Origin (PIO) / Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card holders.

Foreign nationals can only register as full-time scholars. Foreign nationals with eligible degree from Indian Universities will be treated on par with Indian nationals for admission purposes with prescribed fee for foreign national. Foreign nationals with foreign degrees must meet the minimum educational requirements as given in M.S/Ph.D. Regulations (clause R.2.1) i.e. equivalent to a Indian Bachelor’s/Master’s degree in the relevant disciplines.

In addition, Foreign nationals applying to Management Studies dept. should have a valid GMAT score. International candidates should have cleared either IELTS/TOEFL with minimum 6.5(overall) and 80(overall) score respectively, if the medium of instruction for their qualifying degree is not in English.

How to apply

Apply online at this page.

Important Dates

1Last date for submission of online application and fee payment for January 2020 Research Admission31.10.2019
2Date of Admission01.01.2020
3Date of Orientation02.01.2020
4Date of Photo Session and Data Entry (For ID Card Purpose)03.01.2020


Ph: 044 – 2257 8034 (Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM)
Email: resadmission@iitm.ac.in

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