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

About IITH

Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad was established in 2008, as one of the 23 IITs, the premier institutions in India. In the recent National rankings (NIRF-2023), IITH is placed at 3rd in Innovation and 8th among Engineering institutes in the country. IITH has unique capabilities in the fields of AI/ML, Future communications, Autonomous navigation & smart mobility, Healthcare, Semiconductors & Devices, Advanced Materials, Climate change & Sustainability, Additive manufacturing, Entrepreneurship, Energy, Sensors. With about 300+ full-time faculty, ~4,200 students, 18 Departments, IITH is the largest among the 2nd and 3rd Gen IITs. The institute has a strong research focus with 2,200+ sponsored/consultancy projects of ~110 M USD of sanctioned research funding, with PG + PhD students accounting for about 60% of total student strength. IITH has more than 9000+ research publications with 1,35,000+ Citations, 190+ Patents, and about 130+ startups that have generated a revenue of ~140 M USD. With the motto of "Inventing and Innovating in Technology for Humanity (IITH)" we are striving forward to be one of the best in academics, research and technology development.

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About the Program

IIT Hyderabad announces the call for the seventh round ( admission for the July – 2024 intake ) 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, Heritage Science & Technology.

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 with a subject line “Application for FIRST@IITH-2024”
  3. There is no Application Fees & Last date to send Application by Email is 30-April-2024, 17:00 hrs IST.

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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.