Call for project applications are usually announced for potential supervisors from both the Institutions around December each year, with a submission deadline in mid-January. Projects are approved by the end of January. Portal is made open for student’s application in early February. Applications are received for approximately a month. After two levels of selections, final interviews and presentations take place around April-May. Awardees are notified within a month of their final interview. Relevant guidelines and forms are shared when announcements are made.
This is a time bound PhD program which needs to be completed in 4 years. 3 positions with full scholarships are available for the program. Additional positions with partial funding may be available.
Applicants can apply through the online portal, which is usually open between January and February every year. Only one application form is required in the initial stage. If selected, successful candidates may be required to submit other forms as necessary prior to registering for the project.
An applicant can choose to apply against only one of the offered projects.
The documents that would be required to be uploaded in the portal are:
You may find a list of factors to be considered during selection process here
Equal Opportunuity Policy
The University of Manchester and IIT Kharagpur pride ourselves on our commitment to fairness, inclusion and respect in everything we do. Applications are welcome from people of all backgrounds and identities. We encourage you to bring your whole self to work and study. We will ensure that your application is given full consideration without regard to your race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, domicile, disability, age, marital or pregnancy status, or socio-economic background.
The program is four years long. The time will be allocated as follows:
Coursework must be completed within the first two semesters. Preliminary research activity under joint supervision is initiated in the first year itself. Comprehensive Exam at IIT Kharagpur should be taken and cleared within the first 10 months.
Year 1 Milestone:Comprehensive Exam @IITKgp = First year/Continuation @ U Manchester
Note: If the candidate is unsuccessful after two attempts in Comprehensive Exam, or if any course grade is D or lower, then the candidate will be asked to leave the program.
Research work continues at U of Manchester. Supervisor(s) at both ends continually monitor progress. Registration Seminar given in Manchester.
Year 2 Milestone: First annual review @ UManchester = Registration seminar @IITKgp
Research continues. Supervisor(s) at both ends continually monitor progress. Enhancement Seminar given in Kharagpur.
Year 3 Milestone: Enhancement seminar @IIT Kgp = Second annual review @ UManchester
Thesis work is completed. Synopsis seminar is given. Thesis is submitted to both Institutions and sent for examination as per each institution’s rules;
a) IITKGP sends thesis to Indian and Foreign Examiners. Both examiners submit report. If accepted, defence seminar is conducted as per IITKGP rules in Manchester/Kgp depending on student’s location. Otherside attends by video conference.
b) Evaluation and closed door defence is conducted at Manchester as per University of Manchester rules.
Year 4 Milestone: Third annual review @ UManchester = Synopsis seminar @IITKgp
Closed door defence @ UManchester AND Open Thesis defence @Kgp
Note: This time allocation can be altered in consultation with the project supervisors and the joint academic board.
If student successfully defends the thesis as required by each institution, both institutions jointly award the doctoral degree. There will be two parchments - each will prominently mention the joint nature of the work and the partner institute’s name.
Student can walk the stage during convocation/commencement at either or both Institutions.
Tuition: UManchester and IITKGP both waive/absorb their respective tuition fees.
Stipend: IIT Kharagpur awards stipend at the prevailing JRF/SRF rates while the student is resident in its campus. University of Manchester will make available competitive scholarship opportunities while the student is in residence at Manchester.
As per prevailing rules of UK and India.