PhD Program in IIT Bombay, IITB-Monash Research Academy

Designation/Position- PhD Program

The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IITB) and Monash University invites applications for the June 2018 Intake are now open. The last date for submission of EOI forms is 11 March 2018. If you wish to send an “Expression of Interest”, fill the EOI form online. For further queries, please send us an email at [email protected]

About- An increasing number of corporations, governments and research institutes are turning to India for research and development that delivers effective, high impact solutions to many of the leading research issues in the world today from climate change and renewable energy to clean water, advanced engineering and biotechnology.             The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IITB) and Monash University, Australia have joined forces to create a unique Joint Venture (JV) research academy (“The Academy”) that aims at enhancing research collaborations between Australia and India.

A high-power committee of Govt. of India recommended in 1946 establishment of four higher institutes of technology of the level of their counterparts in Europe and United States to set the direction for the development of technical education in the country. These institutes were designed to provide the necessary dynamism and flexibility of organization in the light of expanding knowledge and changing socio-economic requirements of modern society. Planning for the Institute at Bombay began in 1957 and the first batch of 100 students was admitted in 1958. The Institute campus at Powai extends over 200 hectares and is situated in picturesque surroundings with Vihar and Powai lakes on either sides and green hills strewn around. In 1961, by an act of Parliament, the Institute was declared an institution of national importance and was accorded the status of a university with power to award its own degrees and diplomas.

Monash University was established as an Australian university by a Victorian Act of Parliament in 1958, making it the first university to be established in the State of Victoria for 106 years. Monash University is a not-for-profit organisation, whose financial accounts are audited annually by the Auditor General of the State of Victoria. Monash University is a charitable institution as endorsed by the Australian Tax Office.

The Academy will be located in a purpose built, modern facility located at the Powaii campus of IIT Bombay.

The Academy will operate as an independent, autonomous research institution. The Academy will have an independent Board, a CEO, research staff and seconded staff from IIT Bombay/Monash University in it.

The Academy aims to attract the best talent – students as well as academic and research staff – to work on goal-directed, cross-disciplinary grand-challenges.

The Academy has a long-term steady-state aspiration of housing 250-300 PhD scholars at any given point in time, pursuing various fields of scientific endeavour. The aim is for the research scholars to be supervised by the best minds from IIT Bombay, Monash University and Industry Partners of The Academy along with participation from Industry. The intention is for The Academy PhD and Post Doc scholars to be paid a healthy scholarship. This will form an attractive value proposition to talented students. Since The Academy is under-pinned by a PhD Agreement between IIT Bombay and Monash, students will receive a dual-badged PhD degree from IIT Bombay and Monash University, thereby providing another distinct value proposition that would help attract the best students into The Academy.

Research/Job area– he Academy has identified a number critical issues facing industry in India, Australia and the rest of the world. It will facilitate the formation of multidisciplinary research teams drawing on capacities within IIT Bombay and Monash University to address complex research questions. The Academy will be implementing an innovative approach to research development, focusing on developing sector-based or theme-based goals in consultation with industry, government and the research community.

Goals will be strategic and measurable and will determine the research project agenda adopted by The Academy. This represents a departure from traditional approaches of focusing research along discipline, capability and departmental lines.

While The Academy will place importance on impact and benefits, it will also focus on capability-development and strong research outputs – these would, however, be by-products of a cogent research plan rather than a key driver.

Current Research Themes

Research will be conducted in a team-based approach. Research in The Academy will be truly multi-disciplinary which will allow discoveries to be made at the interface of disciplines.

The Academy’s intention is to organise research into classes of problems that seeks to address a key research-theme or sector-goal. Six key research themes have been identified.

Location- IIT Bombay, India

Eligibility/Qualification- Interdisciplinary subjects

Job/Position Description- The IITB-Monash Research Academy will be a unique global research partnership that delivers innovative solutions through collaborative, multi-disciplinary projects in thematic areas of strategic importance to industry and to Australian and Indian society.

  • Engage strongly with enterprises in India, Australia and eventually, the world.
  • Define thematic goals, in collaboration with industry and academia and conduct innovative research programs and projects that address the research thematic goals.
  • Engage in use-inspired projects that address “grand challenges” in a multi-disciplinary setting
  • Attract the very best talented staff and doctoral students to carry out innovative research projects.
  • Ensure strong collaboration between pre-eminent researchers at IIT Bombay and Monash University.
  • Build world-class research infrastructure.
  • Ensure global connectivity.

Ensure that The Academy grows to a size of 200-300 PhD students and 30 Post Docs.

How to Apply- If you wish to send an “Expression of Interest”, fill the EOI form online. For further queries, please send us an email at [email protected]

Step 1: EOI

The first step of the admissions process is the Expression of Interest (EOI) stage. In this stage, candidates fill in an EOI form Online.

The EOI stage for the June 2018 intake is now in progress.

Please click on the Expression of Interest (EOI) Form to enable us to adequately evaluate your background, academic record and research interests. If your EOI form is found to be suitable, you will receive an email indicating you are able to proceed to Step 2 of the application stage.

If your EOI Form is found to be suitable, you will need to download and complete the full application form, Form A. Candidates who are successful in this EOI stage will be invited to go Step-2 once the EOI stage is completed. Contained in this invitation email will be a unique Form A Number (FAN). This email will be sent only after the EOI stage is completed.

Step 2: Form A

If your EOI form is found to be suitable, you will be notified via email and you will receive a unique FAN number. You need the FAN number to upload your Form-A online. At this stage you will need to upload your transcripts, publications, certificates, etc and make project selections too. For logging in to the Form A site, use your unique Form A Number (FAN). Do not give this FAN to anyone else. It is for your use only. Moreover, you can use your FAN only once. At the site, you will need to upload your Form A as well as copies of all of your academic transcripts, publications GATE score sheet, and other supporting documentation. Remember again that you will only have one opportunity to use your FAN to login to the site to upload all of your documentation related to the applications-process.

So it will be most optimal if you collect all documentation relating to your application before visiting the site.

Step 3: Short-listing for Interview

If your Form-A is found to be suitable, you will be notified via email and you will receive an interview invitation.

The Interview short-list will be announced only after the Form-A stage is complete.

Step 4: Interviews and Successful Candidates

After the interviews, successful candidates will be notified by email.

For Contact- In case you have any doubts, please read the Applications Process FAQ before sending your doubts to [email protected] We will not respond to queries that have already been adequately answered in the FAQ document.

Last Date for Apply– 11 March 2018

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