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Ph.D Fellowship Scheme


The Information Security Education and Awareness (ISEA) Project initiated by the Department of Information Technology (DIT), Ministry of Communications and Information Technology is aimed towards development of human resource in the area of Information Security. The Project is presently being implemented through five Resource Centres (RC) as mentoring institutions and 34 Participating Institutes (PI) for introduction of Information Security curriculum at M.Tech, B.Tech level and Research Activity / PhD etc. The Ph.D Fellowship Scheme under the ISEA Project is being coordinated by IIT Madras.


To attract highly qualified and motivated candidates to pursue a doctoral degree. To provide research support to bright young candidates for pursuing exciting and innovative research in the field of Information Security. Candidates registered in the RCs/PIs of ISEA Project shall be eligible for the fellowship subject to approval by Academic Committee. The Ph.D Programme is being coordinated by IIT Madras.


A.    ISEA-Scholarship: For the candidates of Participating Institutes where Ph.D scholarship slots are not available from other sources for Information Security research.

Amount of Scholarship Contingency Grant p.a. Overhead charges p.a. to the host institution Duration of Scholarship
1st & 2nd Year: Rs. 14,000 p.m.
3rd & 4th Year: Rs. 15,000 p.m.
Rs. 25,000 Rs. 20,000 4 years (3 years renewable for one more year)

B.    ISEA-Fellowship: This fellowship would be in addition to any other fellowship being received by the candidate. The fellowship would be offered to exceptional candidates to be selected by the Academic Committee of ISEA Project.

Amount of Scholarship Contingency Grant p.a. Overhead charges p.a. to the host institution Duration of Fellowship
1st & 2nd Year: Rs. 14,000 p.m.
3rd & 4th Year: Rs. 15,000 p.m.
Rs. 25,000 Rs. 20,000 4 years (3 years renewable for one more year)


  • Candidates registered in the Resource Centres/Participating Institutes shall be eligible for the Scholarships/Fellowships.
  • The candidate should be less then 35 years of age as on 31.8.2009. However age relaxation of 5 years would be given to candidates belonging to SC/ST, Women & Physically challenged category.
  • Those who have already secured admission as full time candidates and are pursuing their doctoral programme in the selected host institution (Resource Centres and eligible Participating Institutes under ISEA Project) are eligible to apply for ‘ISEA Fellowship’.
  • Scheme is available to full-time candidates only.


A. ISEA-Scholarship: Slots will be made available to eligible PIs.. The Chief Investigators of eligible PI's may directly contact Prof. V Kamakoti, IIT Madras requesting for allotment of slot(s). Once a slot is allotted, the Institute may award the Ph.D Scholarship as per their prevailing norms. Kindly note that there is no prescribed format for submission of request for allotment of slot(s).

B. ISEA-Fellowship: The candidates, who satisfy the screening criteria as decided by the Academic Committee under ISEA Project, will have to appear for an interview. Based on the performance of the candidates in the interview, a merit list of candidates shall be prepared by the Academic Committee, from which the final selection of candidates for the scheme shall be made.


Application for the award of Ph.D FELLOWSHIP should be submitted in the prescribed format (in duplicate) through the Chief Investigator of the ISEA Project of the host institution where the candidate is pursuing the Ph.D. programme. The following documents are required to be sent along with the completed application form:

  • Attested copy of proof of registration showing the date of registration.
  • Attested copy of relevant certificate showing date of birth.
  • Attested copies of all mark sheets/grade cards, degree certificates beginning from first degree towards proof of qualification. Original certificates should not be enclosed.
  • Attested copy of Caste Certificate in case of SC/ST students issued by the respective State Government.
  • List of publications with proof.

Applications received for the Fellowship Scheme without the above certificates will not be considered by the Academic Committee and no correspondence thereafter will be entertained in this regard.

Completed applications in all respects (to be super scribed on the cover as "Application for PH.D FELLOWSHIP SCHEME") should be sent to:

Prof. V Kamakoti
Deptt. of Computer Science & Engg.,
Indian Institute of Technology Madras,
Chennai, Tamil Nadu-600036.
Email: kama[at]


Note: The Scheme will be operational for the duration of the ISEA Project i.e. up to March 2011.

Click here to view letter issued to RC/PI(Letter No(1(1)2006-ISEA dated 13.07.2009) for launching of Ph.D Scholarship/Fellowship Scheme under ISEA Project

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