Studentship Categories

PhD

  • IIT Guwahati offers admission to PhD programme under Regular Category and certain Non-Regular Categories, viz. Sponsored, Employed Part-Time, Project-Staff, External, and Self-Financed categories. The details of these studentship categories are given below.
  • The seats offered under non-regular categories are limited to a maximum of 10% of the total number of PhD seats of the respective department/school/centre.


MTech/MDes/MS(R)

  • IIT Guwahati offers admission to MTech/MDes/MS(R) programme under Regular Category and certain Non-Regular Categories, viz. Sponsored, Employed Part-Time, Project-Staff categories. However, as mentioned below, certain programmes are not offered in all these non-regular categories.
  • MTech in Data Science and MTech in Food Science and Technology programmes are restricted to Regular category candidates only.
  • MS(R) in E-Mobility is offered only under Regular category and Industry-Sponsored category. There are a fixed number of seats available for Industry-Sponsored category in MS(R) programme in E-Mobility.
  • The seats offered under non-regular categories are limited to a maximum of 10% of the total number of seats of the respective disciplines.
  • The details of these studentship categories are given below.


Regular Category

  • The students admitted in Regular Category pursue the programme on full-time basis.
  • The candidates (Indian nationals) seeking admission in to PhD/MTech/MDes/MS(R) under Regular category must have qualified for receiving assistantship from IIT Guwahati or any other recognized/government funding agency.
  • In addition to the prescribed Minimum Educational Qualifications (MEQ) for the respective disciplines, the candidates must have the following listed qualifications for admission to the respective programme under regular category.

PhD

  • For admission into PhD programme under regular category, the candidates must have one of the following qualifications for availing respective fellowships/assistantships:
    1. For Institute Assistantship:
      1. Valid GATE/CEED Score.
      2. BTech/BDes/MSc/MA/MTech/MDes/MS degree from an IIT with a minimum CPI of 8.0 on 10-point scale.
      3. UGC-CSIR-NET (Assistant Professorship) in case of Arts background candidates.
      4. MTech/MDes or an equivalent degree (from any Institute) and having qualified GATE/CEED (at some point of time, which need not be valid now).
    2. For Fellowships from External Agencies:
      1. NET-JRF of CSIR/UGC/DST/DBT/ICMR/ICAR
      2. NBHM Doctoral Scholarship
      3. DAE Graduate Fellowships Scheme (DGFS)
      4. UGC Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship (UGC RGNF) Scholarship Scheme
  • The candidates qualified for INSPIRE Fellowship shall be admitted in self-financed category only. As and when the fellowship is awarded, they will be converted to the regular category from the “Effective Date” of fellowship.


MTech/MDes/MS(R)

  • For admission into MTech/MDes/MS(R) programmes under regular category, the candidates must have the respective qualifications for availing the Institute Assistantship:
    1. Valid GATE score for MTech/MS(R) programmes.
    2. Valid CEED score for MDes programme.
    3. Candidates with four-year undergraduate degree from an IIT with a minimum CPI of 8.0 on 10-point scale are also eligible.
  • For programmes MS(R) in Energy Science and Engineering and MS(R) in Disaster Management and Risk Reduction, the Candidates who qualified NET-JRF in the respective discipline are also eligible for admission under regular category for availing the Institute Assistantship


Non-Regular Categories

Sponsored

  • The candidates under Sponsored Category are sponsored (with a study leave of requisite period of the programme) by a recognized R&D organization, academic institution, government organization or industry for pursuing the programme at IIT Guwahati.
  • They pursue the programme at the Institute on full-time basis.
  • The Institute does NOT provide any assistantship to the students under this category.
  • The candidate under this category must be a regular employee of his/her organization with at least one year of experience for PhD/MS(R) programmes and at least two years of experience for MTech/MDes/MA programme at the time of applying and be engaged in professional work in the discipline in which admission is sought.
  • They should submit Sponsorship Letter in prescribed format from the employer along with the application. The application without Sponsorship Letter will NOT be considered.
  • Sponsorship Letter Format: DOC, PDF

Employed Part-Time

  • The candidates under Employed Part-Time Category are professionally employed persons (including regular employees of IIT Guwahati), who pursues the programme while continuing the duties of his/her service.
  • These candidates should be able to attend regular classes as per the schedule of the Institute during the course work.
  • The Institute does NOT provide any assistantship to the students under this category.
  • The candidate under this category must be a regular employee of his/her organization with at least one year of experience for PhD/MS(R) programmes and at least two years of experience for MTech/MDes programmes at the time of applying and be engaged in professional work in the discipline in which admission is sought.
  • They should submit No Objection Certificate in prescribed format from the employer along with the application. The application without No Objection Certificate will NOT be considered.
  • NOC Format: DOC, PDF

Project-Staff

  • The candidates under Project-Staff are those presently working on sponsored R&D projects of IIT Guwahati and the remaining duration of the project at the time of admission should be at least one year.
  • They should submit No Objection Certificate in prescribed format (See: NOC Format DOC, PDF) from the Dean-R&D, IIT Guwahati along with the application. The application without No Objection Certificate will NOT be considered.
  • If the project gets completed before the student completes his/her programme, then his/her category will be converted to that of Self-Financed category.
  • The Institute does NOT provide any assistantship to the students under this category.

External

  • The candidates under External Category are employed in a recognized R&D organization, academic institution, government organization or industry with adequate Research Facilities.
  • They pursue PhD programme at the Institute on Part-Time basis. However, they should be able to attend regular classes as per the schedule of the Institute during the course work.
  • The PhD student under this category carries out the PhD Thesis Research Work mainly at his/her parent organization under a Local Supervisor but with the overall guidance provided by a faculty member (Institute Supervisor).
  • The candidate under this category must be a regular employee of his/her organization with at least one year of experience at the time of applying and be engaged in professional work in the discipline in which admission is sought.
  • They should submit Sponsorship Letter for External Category in prescribed format from the employer along with the application. The application without Sponsorship Letter will NOT be considered.
  • The Institute does NOT provide any assistantship to the students under this category.
  • Sponsorship Letter Format for External Category: DOC, PDF

Self-Financed

  • The candidates under Self-Financed Category pursue the PhD programme at IIT Guwahati without getting financial assistantship from IIT Guwahati or any other funding agency.
  • They should have at least three years of professional experience in the relevant area.
  • They pursue PhD programme at the Institute on full-time basis.
  • In case of working professionals, they can puruse the PhD programme on part-time basis. However, they should be able to attend regular classes as per the schedule of the Institute during the course work.

Industry-Sponsored

  • The candidates under Industry-Sponsored Category are sponsored (with a study leave of requisite period of the programme) by an industry for pursuing the programme at IIT Guwahati. The Industry must be a company registered at MCA
  • The Institute does NOT provide any assistantship to the students under this category.
  • The candidate under this category must be a regular employee of his/her organization with at least two years of work experience at the time of admission and be engaged in professional work in the discipline in which admission is sought.
  • Upon completion of the course work, the industry-sponsored candidates can execute the project in their parent company.
  • These candidates can have one project supervisor from the industry with relevant experience.
  • The proposed fees for the industry-sponsored candidates is Rs.5 lacs/semester.
  • They should submit Sponsorship Letter in prescribed format from the employer along with the application. The application without Sponsorship Letter will NOT be considered.
  • Sponsorship Letter Format: DOC, PDF