IIT Madras - Deakin University Research Academy

Joint PhD program

The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), an Institute of Eminence in India and Deakin University, ranked among the top 1% of universities worldwide, have established a strategic research alliance to offer a Joint PhD program with research tackling global challenges in science, engineering and technology.

Joint PhD

What does the program offer?

Together, we will embark on pioneering, cross-disciplinary research endeavours poised to make a profound impact on India, Australia, and the global community. Our objective is to cultivate a cohort of highly skilled postgraduate research scholars hailing from South Asia and Australia.

By pursuing your PhD through the IIT Madras – Deakin University Research Academy, you will contribute to advancing the socio-economic prosperity of both India and Australia on a global scale. You will actively engage in cutting-edge research endeavours aimed at addressing pressing global issues ranging from climate change and smart manufacturing to energy, future infrastructure, critical technology, and healthcare.


PhD Journey Across Australia and India

The IIT Madras – Deakin University Research Academy presents co-supervised PhD programs (Cotutelle PhD) jointly conferred by Deakin University and IIT Madras. Through this unique opportunity, you will engage in collaborative research across borders, with access to supervision, state-of-the-art facilities, resources, and funding opportunities offered by both institutions. Plus, you will have the chance to seamlessly integrate travel with your research pursuits, enriching your academic journey.

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Program Benefits

Through the Joint PhD Program, you stand to gain

Upon successful completion, you will be offered a jointly awarded degree in Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from both IIT Madras and Deakin University

International joint PhD degree
A generous scholarship
Access to state-of-the-art facilities and resources
Exposure to a vibrant research network and ecosystem
Joint supervision by IITM and Deakin
Possible input from industry partners

Academic Journey

Deakin University distinguishes itself with its comprehensive research resources, multimillion-dollar facilities, and its location in a diverse, multicultural setting within one of Australia’s most habitable cities. For more information, interested individuals can visit the Deakin University website. Meanwhile, the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), situated in India’s dynamic capital, is dedicated to fostering visionary leaders and propelling innovative research forward. Prospective and current students can explore aspects of student life, campus activities, and social initiatives by visiting the IITM website.

International Applicants

Start at IITM or Deakin

If they hold citizenship from a country other than India or Australia, they can choose their home institution.

Indian Citizens

Start at IITM

Indian passport holders start at IITM and complete a year at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.

Australian Citizens

Start at Deakin

Australian citizens will begin their program at Deakin University and spend a year at IITM in Chennai, India.

Scholarship for Indian nationals and international applicants

Monthly stipend
Rs 37,000* in year 1 and Rs 42,000* in years 3 and 4 at IITM.
Annual stipend
AUD $34,400* in year 2 at Deakin
Relocation grant
AUD $5,000* for Chennai – Melbourne – Chennai travel.
Health cover
Overseas student health cover (single policy) for Melbourne stay in year 2.
Tuition Fee
Students pay the IITM tuition fee for the duration of the study; the Deakin tuition fee is waived, but pay Student Services and Amenities Fee at Deakin.

Scholarship for Australian domestic students

Tuition Fee
Students pay the IITM tuition fee for their study year at IITM and the Student Services and Amenities Fee at Deakin for years spent there.
Annual stipend
AUD $34,400*
Relocation grant
AUD $5,000* for Chennai – Melbourne – Chennai travel.
Travel Insurance
Deakin travel insurance for up to 12 months in Chennai.

Ready to start?
Submit your applications today

How to Apply

Check your eligibility

Detailed information of the entry requirements for the PhD programs are listed under eligibility page

Find a research project

Students can choose up to two projects, complete a statement of purpose form, and list them in order of preference.

Prepare your documentation

Required documents: academic CV, transcripts, award certificates, statement of purpose, English proficiency (IELTS), two academic referees' contacts, scanned competitive exams (JEE, GATE, UGC-NET, CSIR, ICAR, ICMR, DST-INSPIRE, GRE, etc.). Additional requirements may apply for some schools/institutes.

Apply online

The information you provide in your application will be used to assess your eligibility for pursuing the PhD program at IIT Madras - Deakin University Research Academy