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PhDs in Science and Engineering

Dual-award between The University of Manchester and IIT Kharagpur


The University of Manchester and the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur have partnered to offer a dual-award PhD programme in a variety of projects across the Faculty of Science and Engineering, with applicants spending four years across Manchester and Kharagpur.

Students enrolled on the newly launched programme can expect to benefit from the world-class academic supervision of two globally renowned universities as they spend two years based at each institution.

Competitive scholarship opportunities will be available for successful applicants to secure a varying degree of support including tuition fee sponsorship and top-up awards for living costs.

There were three fully funded studentships available for suitable candidates to start this four-year programme, initially at IIT Kharagpur, in August 2023.

Specified use

These scholarships are open to all nationalities and across all research areas, and will be of interest to students of the highest calibre who have the commitment and desire to work on challenging research projects in a world leading research environment.

Tenable period

4 years

Funding provider

The University of Manchester Faculty of Science and Engineering

Allowed study options

This funding is available to students undertaking the following modes of study:

  • Full-time

Academic requirements

If you're an Indian national, to be considered for this award you must:

  • Hold (or be about to obtain) a BTech or MSc/MTech degree from any IIT with minimum CGPA of 7.5/10.

If you're not an Indian national, to be considered for this award you must:

  • Hold (or be about to obtain) a first class honours undergraduate degree or master's qualification (or international equivalent) in science, engineering or related field from a globally reputed university (with QS rank within 500), or minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0

Other eligibility criteria

You must also:

  • Be able to undertake PhD studies at IIT Kharagpur with no requirement for a (further) visa to study in India.  
  • Possess a willingness to travel to the UK to undertake two years of study based at The University of Manchester, if such travel is permitted by UK and India governments
  • Have demonstrable excellent communication skills, including in English language, a proficiency in which should be demonstrably indicated by meeting the requirements as indicated on The University of Manchester website
  • Have demonstrable suitability of academic background for the proposed project
  • Have demonstrable skills in team-working and self-organisation  
  • Have demonstrable interest and curiosity in the proposed area of research

Application procedure

Visit our IIT Kharagpur dual-award page for more information on the application procedure .

Application form

Closing date

Applications are currently closed.

Additional information

Dual/Joint Award

Contact details for enquiries