Institute Post Doctoral Fellowship at IIT Madras Scheme
It is proposed to offer a number of Institute PostDoctoral Fellowships (PDF) at the Indian
Institute of Technology Madras.(IIT Madras).
It is a temporary research position which may be offered for those who seek to choose research as a profession. The research work during the postdoctoral period can be in areas that are of interest, both to the postdoctoral fellows and the
Institute.(Institute henceforth refers to IIT Madras) The presence of the postdoctoral fellows at
the Institute will further enhance the research culture and output of the Institute and help promote
interdisciplinary research. It is a transition phase which can also help a fresh doctorate transform
into an independent researcher before taking up a research career.
Candidates with a Ph.D. Degree or who have submitted their theses for the Ph.D degree
in appropriate disciplines and with consistently good academic record and research potential can apply for the PDF positions in any case within five years after completion of Ph.D.
A detailed research proposal has to be submitted along with the application.
At least two letters of recommendation/reference from peers regarding the research capabilities and other attributes of the applicant must be submitted along with the application.
The candidates selected for the PDF will be pursuing independent research at the
Institute. However, they will be attached to an appropriate Department depending on the postdoctoral research and will be associated with a faculty member of the department who will essentially perform the role of a collaborator.
Candidates who obtained their doctoral degree from IIT Madras can also apply for the PDF. However, it is desirable that such candidates if selected will be associated with a
faculty member other than their Ph.D supervisor/s.
The age limit for applicants for the PDFs will be maximum of 35 years (relaxable by 5 years for women and reserved category).
The duration of the fellowship will be initially for a period of 2 years, extendable for a
further period of one more year based on the progress of the PostDoctoral fellow and the
recommendation of the Department.Fellowship Grant
Fellowship Amount : Rs.30,000 35,000/ p.m. Consolidated Accommodation : Suitable campus accommodation as per IIT norms
if available may be provided.
Contingency Grant : A contingency grant of Rs.1,00,000/ per annum
will be provided to the postdoctoral fellow for
research purposes. Medical benefits / Insurance : On par with Ph.D. students
Permission for Conference : Either National or International Conference can be permitted provided funds available in the contingency grant of the concerned doctoral
Apart from the research pursued by the PostDoctoral Fellow , the services of the Post Doctoral Fellow will be utilized by the department upto 6 hours per week for academic assistance
in the departmental work including teaching, handling of tutorials and laboratory work.
The PostDoctoral Fellow will be eligible for leave with fellowship not exceeding 30 days
in a year for each completed year of the fellowship. The leave can be availed on a prorate basis
for the duration (on a 6 months’ basis) of the Fellowship completed.
Postdoctoral Performance Assessment Committee(PAC)
The performance of the postdoctoral fellow will be assessed by the Performance Assessment Committee (PAC) consisting of the Head of the Department,(HoD) or his
representative as the Chairperson, the collaborator faculty member, two faculty members (need not necessarily be from the same Department) in the area of research carried out by the fellow. If
the HoD happens to be the collaborator faculty member, then one of the other two members of
the Committee will assume the chairperson role. The PAC will meet every year to assess the performance of the postdoctoral fellow. The candidate should present a progress report detailing
the research work carried out and research findings supported by reprints/preprints/manuscripts
of the papers published/accepted for publication or communicated/ research reports for this
If the Post Doctoral Fellow wishes to leave the programme before the end of the tenure, he/she can do so with prior approval of the PAC giving one month’s notice. The fellowship may
be terminated by the Institute if the performance/conduct of the fellow is unsatisfactory after
giving one month’s notice to the PostDoctoral Fellow. Applications are received throughout the year. Invitation for
interview will be sent by the respective departments if found suitable
after scrutinizing the application.
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