Fellowship for International Research Scholars in Technology at IIT Hyderabad (FIRST@IITH)

About IITH

Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH) is one of the six new Indian Institutes of Technology established by the Government of India in 2008. In a short span of 12 years, the institute built on an imposing 578-acre campus and has been ranked among the top 10 institutes for four consecutive years in the NIRF released by the Ministry of Education, GoI. IITH was also ranked under Top #10 in the recent edition ARIIA on indicators related to ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development’ among students and faculties. IIT Hyderabad has 255 full-time faculties, 4000+ students on roll of whom 20 percent are women, nearly 200 state-of-the-art laboratories and five research and entrepreneurship centres. The Institute has a strong research focus with more than Rs. 500 crore of sanctioned research funding while PhD scholars account for about 30% of total student strength. IITH students and faculty are at the forefront of innovation with more than 6081 research publications and 100+ patent disclosures, 400+ sponsored/ consultancy projects and 50 industry & academic collaborations. IITH is creating a unique holistic educational ecosystem that offers interactive learning, a highly flexible academic structure, cutting-edge research, strong industry collaboration, and entrepreneurship.

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About the Program

IIT Hyderabad announces the call for the fifth round ( admission for the June/July– 2023 ) of FIRST scheme for supporting bright and motivated international scholars for pursuing PhD at IIT Hyderabad with full financial support and IITH invites the Applications all through the Year.

Fellowship Duration : 4 years


1. Foreign Nationals (except OCI/NRI) with Excellent Academic qualifications having a master’s degree in Engineering / Technology in the relevant disciplines and minimum CGPA of 8.0 on a 10-point scale or equivalent.
2. Candidates should complete either Bachelor or Master's degree in any of the foreign universities


Degree from a topline university in their respective countries, Research output in terms of publications/patents will be given a weightage during shortlisting.

Financial Assistance

  • Fellowship Amount: 60,000/- INR Per Month.
  • Contingency Support: 1,00,000/- INR per Year.

Departments Offering

Artificial Intelligence, Biomedical, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Climate Change, Civil Engineering, Computer Science Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science & Metallurgical Engineering, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Liberal Arts, Design, Entrepreneurship and Management

Application Procedure

  1. For Details and downloading the form visit
  2. Forward the completed Application form along with electronic copies of the testimonials along with one reference letter to
  3. There is no Application Fees & Last date to send Application by Email is 10-April-2023

Fee Details


For any queries related to FIRST@IITH please write to


Abul Hasanath (ce21resch16001), FIRST@IITH Scholar

Hi, this is Abul, the first International Research Scholar through the FIRST@IITH initiative. I belong to Bangladesh, where I earned a bachelor's and master's degree in civil engineering. Because of the world-class facilities, the learning environment, and exposure to research have given me more confidence in competing with other institutions around the world. I would like to extend an invitation to you to join the IIT Hyderabad family. Thank you very much.