IIIT Bangalore, PhD

Ph.D. Program Admissions

The International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore (IIIT-B), invites applications from qualified candidates for admission to its Ph.D. program in Information Technology.

The Institute has close ties with the IT industry, and aims to be a nodal center for world-class research in different theoretical as well as applied areas of IT. The areas of research include: Algorithms, Communication Systems, High-Performance and Highly Available Systems, Wireless and Optical Networking, Software Architecture and Engineering, Distributed Computing, Mobile Computing, Database Theory and Management, Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science, Digital Signal Processing, Ad Hoc Networks, Web Information Retrieval, Information Theory, Information Security, and the Political Economy of Information Technology.

Ph.D. at IIIT-B
The doctoral program involves required and elective coursework, passing of examinations testing the candidate's depth and breadth of understanding, and the writing and oral defense of a dissertation describing a significant body of original research. The duration of time required to earn the doctorate may be estimated as 3 to 5 years, depending on the topic chosen and the candidate.

Who can Apply?
The usual minimum qualification required is a 1st class four-year degree in a technical discipline (i.e., a 1st class B.E., B.Tech, or equivalent), but people holding 1st class Master's degrees in the mathematical sciences (e.g. an M.Sc. in mathematics, physics, statistics, or electronics) may also apply. Ordinarily, applications from candidates holding Master's degrees in a technical discipline (i.e. an M.E., M.Tech, or equivalent) will be preferred, but candidates who possess just the minimum qualification but show great aptitude for research may be considered. Such candidates may sometimes also be advised to pursue the M.S. by Research first, prior to being accepted into the Ph.D. program.

For candidates applying to do research in the Political Economy of Information Technology, a 1st class Master's degree in social sciences (M.A. or equivalent in anthropology, business management, economics, geography, history, political science, sociology or related disciplines) is acceptable. Candidates with 1st class M.Phil. degrees are especially welcome to apply.

For candidates applying to do research in Technology in Education, the usual criteria under ``Who can Apply?’’ are usually applicable, but candidates with first-class Master’s degrees in Education and a sound academic background in science and mathematics may be considered. Candidates interested in research in Technology in Education may be considered for a Ph.D. fellowship sponsored by HP Labs India.

International Applicants
International applicants who hold degrees from recognized universities abroad are eligible to apply provided they can demonstrate the research potential expected of successful applicants. International applicants will also have to rigorously comply with all relevant laws and governmental formalities concerning emigration and immigration. They are expected to fund their own travel, and may in some cases not be eligible for fellowships and scholarships.

Admission Procedure
Admission to the Ph.D. program at IIIT-B will be on the basis of submitted records of prior academic work and other scholarships showing aptitude for research, letters of recommendation, and a personal interview.

Applications may be made throughout the year, but candidates wishing to start in Fall 2009 must apply no later than April 30, 2009 to be assured of full consideration.

How to Apply
Submit the following with a covering letter giving a summary, to the Registrar, IIIT-B, 26/C Electronics City, Hosur Road, Bangalore 560 100.
  • Transcripts or attested copies of prior academic work, and copies of any published
  • A statement of purpose of between 1000-2000 words, indicating research goals and
         prior research experience
  • A non-refundable application fee of Rs. 1000 (USD $50 in case of international
         applicants), in the form of a demand draft payable to IIIT-Bangalore.
  • In addition, include three sealed envelopes bearing letters of recommendation with your
          application, or arrange to have three letters of recommendation supporting the
         application sent directly to the Registrar. (Such letters should be from former professors,
         research supervisors, or other qualified people familiar with the applicant and able to
         describe and attest to his scholastic ability and aptitude for first-rate research.)

  • Note: Applications that are not accompanied by the required fee, or are incomplete in other respects, will not be considered.

    Fees & Financial Aid
    The tuition fee for all IIIT-B programs is Rs. 50,000 per semester. Ph.D. students pay this fee for three semesters only. Full financial support, covering tuition and a stipend of Rs. 20,000-25,000 per month, is available for full-time Ph.D. students in the form of teaching and research assistantships, Institute scholarships, and industry fellowships. Industry support is usually dependent on the student’s research interest aligning with the sponsor’s, and the terms, duration, and benefits of support vary. Financial support is not available to working students.

    Prospective full-time students who have financial support from their other sources for Ph.D. studies should indicate this fact in their covering letter, as it may improve their chances of acceptance.

    Students in the research programs pay the tuition fee of Rs. 50,000 per semester for only three semesters, though they take longer to complete.

    Prof. Shrisha Rao
    International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore
    26/C Electronics City
    Hosur Road
    Bangalore 560 100
    Tel: 91 80 4140 7777
    Fax: 91 80 4140 7704

    For more information, please visit: http://www.iiitb.ac.in/phd/index.htm