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Government of India Fully-Funded PhD Fellowships for ASEAN Students at IITs in India

Government of India Fully-Funded PhD Fellowships for ASEAN Students at IITs in India

In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the warm and friendly ties between India and ASEAN, the Government of India is offering 1000 Fully-Funded PhD Fellowships at Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

Aspirants from ASEAN countries are welcome to apply for a fellowship to pursue a higher program at an IIT of their choice in India and get a chance to finish their PhD with funding that will cover the entire cost of study and living expenses for up to 5 years.

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Excellent opportunity for ASEAN students to get a fully-funded PhD program in India.

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The Government of India is mainly composed of the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary for the authority of the union of 29 states and seven union territories. Located in New Delhi, it is the union government created by the supreme law of India (Constitution of India).

Why at the Indian Institutes of Technology? The prestigious IITs are considered among the best engineering and technology institutions in the world. Located in India, IITs are autonomous public institutes of higher education governed by the Institutes of Technology Act, 1961.

Application Deadline: October 31, 2019 (Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.)

Brief Description

  • University or Organization: Government of India
  • Department: Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD)
  • Course Level: PhD
  • Award: Fully-funded fellowships
  • Access Mode: Online
  • Number of Awards: 1000
  • Nationality: Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) students
  • The award can be taken in India


  • Eligible Countries: Applications from 10 ASEAN countries are accepted. ASEAN comprises Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam.
  • Acceptable Course or Subjects: The PhD program will be awarded in any subject in India’s foremost technical education centres (IITs):
  1. IIT Bhilai
  2. IIT Bhubaneswar
  3. IIT Bombay
  4. IIT Delhi
  5. IIT (ISM) Dhanbad
  6. IIT Dharwad
  7. IIT Gandhinagar
  8. IIT Goa
  9. IIT Guwahati
  10. IIT Hyderabad
  11. IIT Indore
  12. IIT Jammu
  13. IIT Jodhpur
  14. IIT Kanpur
  15. IIT Kharagpur
  16. IIT Madras
  17. IIT Mandi
  18. IIT Palakkad
  19. IIT Patna
  20. IIT Roorkee
  21. IIT Ropar
  22. IIT Tirupati
  23. IIT (BHU) Varanasi

Admissible Criteria: To be eligible, the applicants must a citizen of ASEAN countries.

Government of India Fully-Funded PhD Fellowships for ASEAN Students at IITs in India

How to Apply

  • How to Apply: Applicants apply online on the portal. To apply, applicants are required to take admission in one of an IITs in India. Explore IITs and apply for a fully-funded PhD program.
  • Supporting Documents: ASEAN students applying for the fellowships will require a student visa with an admission letter from IIT and last education certificate.
  • Admission Requirements: Entry requirements vary according to IITs. So before starting your application you should check the institute in which you want to pursue the PhD of your choice at various IITs.
  • Language Requirement: Check language requirement in your selected Institute in which you want to study

Visa Procedure:

  • Visa Application is to be filled online at indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/.
  • Applicants may be asked to provide additional documents, if needed, by the consular officer – Passport, photographs, and Signatures.
  • Applicants must check the full detail for a student visa.


The Government of India will provide a total budget outlay of INR 300 crore (approximately USD 45 million) in up to 1000 integrated PhD Fellowships. The benefits are as the following:

  • The maximum tenure of each fellowship is 5 years
  • Winners will receive a stipend per month as the following: INR 31,000/- for the first 2 years and INR 35,000/- for the next three years
  • Fellows will receive a research grant up to INR 170,000/- for research expenses such as travel, books, and contingency
  • The program will also provide accommodation (monthly house rent allowance) up to 24% – as per Govt. norms (depending on the city) – of the stipend, if hostel accommodation not provided.

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  1. Eyob Birhane says:

    The Indian government provided PhD scholarship for Asian student only not for African special Ethiopian students.why?

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