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 #20 in the recent edition ARIIA on indicators related to ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development’ among students and faculties. IIT Hyderabad has 242 full-time faculties, 3,409 students on roll of whom 20 per cent 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.

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.


IIT Hyderabad announces the call for the second round (for admission for the January-May 2022 academic semester) of FIRST scheme for supporting bright and motivated international scholars for pursuing PhD at IIT Hyderabad with full financial support.

Fellowship Duration: 04 years


  • Foreign Nationals with Excellent Academic qualifications having a master’s degree in the relevant disciplines and minimum CGPA of 8.5 on a 10-point scale or equivalent.


  • 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

Application Procedure:

  • Last date has been closed on October 30, 2021 by 17:00 IST