The Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-D) launched its International PhD Fellowship Programme on February 12, 2019. The institute is planning to enrol about 500 foreign students to this newly launched programme in the next five years.
About the International PhD Fellowship Programme
Under the International PhD Fellowship Programme, the enrolled foreign students will have to pay the same fee as the institute’s Indian students.
The amount of scholarship will also be the same for both foreign students and India students.
All international students admitted to PG programmes in IIT-D will pay fee on par with Indian students. Under IPFP, international students selected for PhD admissions to various programmes will be eligible for fellowships on par with Indian PhD students. The fellowships are open in all academic departments, centres and schools of the institute, said Dean of Alumni Affairs and International Programmes Sanjeev Sanghi at the launch, which included dignitaries from various foreign embassies.
Under the programme, 500 PhD fellowships will be provided to international students over the next five years, and any candidate holding a foreign passport will be eligible to apply.
Motive of IPFP
Launching the IPFP programme will help to boost the institute’s international ranking.
IIT-D ranked 172 at a QS World University rank last year but scored zero on various parameters of international students, international faculty and student-teacher ratio.
IIT-D was also accorded the Institute of Eminence status last year.
IIT-D Director V Ramgopal Rao stressed on the importance of internationalisation, saying the institute will also be hiring more foreign faculty.
Changes that IPFP will bring in the fee structure
Sanjeev Sanghai said that currently, foreign students were paying 2,000 US dollars per semester, but after the IPFP launch, they would have to pay equal to what Indian students pay, which is Rs 5,000 or Rs 10,000.
They would also get a fellowship amount of Rs 31,000 per month, and if they qualify for the Research Scholar Travel Award, they would get Rs 1.5 lakh to travel for international conferences.