Joint PhD Program

The Joint Doctoral Program (JDP) at IITM is a unique opportunity for PhD scholars to gain substantial research exposure and enhance their thesis work by providing an opportunity to collaborate with any of our 19 partner institutes and universities.

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Under the program, IITM PhD scholars can conduct research work for a duration of 12 to 18 months with a host faculty in one of the partner institutes. Scholars will have access to cutting-edge research facilities and resources, as well as the opportunity to work on research projects that are at the forefront of their field.

The JDP also encourages scholars to present their work at international conferences and publish research papers in top-tier academic journals, thus providing them with a global platform to showcase their research.

Benefits of the Program

The JDP equips PhD scholars with global research exposure, professional growth, and dual diplomas from leading institutions.

  • Enhanced Research Exposure: The JDP offers PhD scholars the opportunity to collaborate with prestigious partner institutes and universities around the world, providing them with substantial research exposure and the chance to work on cutting-edge research projects.

  • International Experience: Scholars who participate in the program will have the opportunity to travel and work in different countries, gaining new perspectives on their field of study and broadening their professional network.

  • Access to State-of-the-Art Facilities and Resources: JDP scholars will have access to state-of-the-art research facilities and resources at the partner institutes, helping them to conduct high-quality research.

  • Professional Development: Scholars who participate in the JDP will have the chance to interact with international experts and work alongside experienced researchers, helping to develop their professional skills and knowledge.

  • Publication and Presentation Opportunities: The JDP encourages scholars to present their research at international conferences and publish research papers in top-tier academic journals, providing them with a global platform to showcase their work

  • Career Opportunities: Participation in the JDP can help scholars to build a strong international profile, increasing their career opportunities in academia, industry, and other fields.

  • Two/ Joint Diplomas: Successful graduates from this program will receive two diplomas, each reflecting the collaborative nature of their degree or one diploma with coat of arms of the partnering institution mentioning the collaboration.


  • Educational Qualifications: The applicant must possess a Master's degree (or equivalent) from a recognized university or institution in a relevant field of study.
  • Coursework Requirement: The candidate must have successfully completed all coursework requirements mandated by their home university before being considered for enrollment as a Joint Doctoral student.
  • Comprehensive Viva: The candidate must have successfully completed the comprehensive viva (or equivalent qualifying examination) at their home institute before applying for admission to the Joint Doctoral Program.
  • CGPA requirement: The student must have a GPA of 8.5/10 or above from a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. Those students with GPA less than 8.5/10 in Bachelor’s or Master’s degree must secure a minimum GPA of 8.5 in the first year of their PhD program in order to be eligible.
  • Statement of Purpose: Candidates should submit a well-articulated statement of purpose outlining their academic and research goals, reasons for pursuing the Joint Doctoral Program, and their motivation to collaborate across institutions.
  • Approval and Invitation: a). Candidates must obtain written approval from their home guide (supervisor) endorsing their participation in the Joint Doctoral Program. b). A formal endorsement from the Doctoral committee members and the Head of the Department (HoD) at the home institute is required. c). Additionally, candidates should secure an official invitation from the prospective professor or research advisor at the host institute, expressing their willingness to support the candidate's research during the Joint Doctoral Program.
  • Interview (if applicable): Shortlisted candidates may be required to attend an interview, either in person or through virtual means, to further assess their research interests, academic preparedness, and alignment with the program's objectives.
  • Fulfillment of Specific Program Requirements: Candidates should review and fulfill any specific eligibility criteria or prerequisites outlined by each participating institution.

Apply for Joint PhD Program

Get quick answers to your concerns.

What kind of visa should I apply for?

Masters students can apply for student visa and PhD students are requested to apply for research visa.

Can a UG student do Research work?

Yes, UG students can apply for research work.

Can I apply for research work without an acceptance letter from IITM professor?

No, you can apply for research work only after an IITM faculty accepts to be your guide.

Contact Person

Mr. Sivaguru Nathan

Designation: JDP Coordinator


Telephone: +91 44 22574928