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QUT Australia

The Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi (IIIT-Delhi) and Australia’s Brisbane-based Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have tied up for a collaborative Ph.D. programme as part of their efforts to promote cooperative educational exchanges.

Under the collaborative Ph.D. programme, the two institutions will jointly develop a system of academic exchanges that will allow a doctoral student to perform coordinated research studies at both institutions with a minimum duration of one and a half year full-time studies spent at each institution.

A Ph.D. student will be jointly guided by supervisors from both institutions with the aim of obtaining Ph.D. by satisfying the requirements and quality standards for the degree of each institution. A single dissertation based on the result of the research undertaken will be submitted for examination. Successful candidates will be eligible for a joint Ph.D. award that names both institutions.

The joint Ph.D. student will be supported financially by a scholarship, stipend or grant from the institutions, or from a third party. The stipend will be commensurate with the standards followed in each institution. Travel costs incurred by the student will also be covered.

Admission Process for Collaborative Ph.D. Programme with QUT

  • Candidates who are not yet enrolled into IIITD Ph.D. program please refer detailed eligibility criteria here.
  • Candidates who are already enrolled into IIITD Ph.D. program and have at least 50% of the candidature remaining, are eligible to apply.

Language requirements

The joint PhD candidate must demonstrate proficiency in the English language to a standard at least equivalent to:

  • IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no subscore less than 6; or
  • TOEFL (internet based) –overall score 90 with no sub score below 20

Other language tests need the approval of the Dean of Research and Research Training at QUT.

The application must be made by the Supervisor(s) of the student by sending an email to with the subject "QUT Programme Application". It must include the student's name, area of research and his/her CV.

Programme Structure

  • Students are supervised by researchers at the two universities and must met all the requirements to graduate at both of them.
  • The research and study actives will be carried out at both institutions and the minimum total duration of the periods spent at each of the two institutions shall be one and half year.
  • Simultaneous enrolment at IIITD and QUT enables students to submit one and the same thesis for recognition by both universities. At least half of the student’s Candiature (minimum one year and a half year full time) must be spent at QUT.
  • The main academic activity for the joint Ph.D. student is the completion of the research work and the writing and defending of one single thesis for submission to both institutions. In addition, the joint Ph.D. student may take academic course and associated exams at each of the two institutions in accordance with a study curriculum agreed with the supervisor and complying with the requirements of the joint Ph.D. of each Institution.
  • The student shall fulfill all requirements and regulations governing both institutions and their joint Ph.D. In particular, the student shall comply with the course credit recognition requirements/ advanced standing of the joint Ph.D. of each institution and with their examination requirements where this is relevant.

About the QUT

The QUT is a prestigious Australian university that actively promotes joint Ph.D. programmes with leading research universities for suitably qualified candidates. Simultaneous enrolment at the QUT and one of itspartner universities enables students to submit a single dissertation for recognition by both universities. Students seeking to undertake a joint Ph.D. must meet the admission requirements for both universities as also those under the joint Ph.D. agreement, including proficiency in English language. For more information about the QUT, please visit its website

Last updated: 07-03-2024