IITB-Monash joint PhD

Monash University and the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) are pleased to announce the extension of the current IITB Joint Award program to accommodate Monash Australian campus based candidates.

The three year pilot program commencing in 2017, will enable four commencing enrolments per year – two in the Faculty of Engineering, and two in the Faculty of Science – into the IITB-Monash University Joint Award PhD/Doctoral Program.

Monash-based students in this program will need to undertake all required elements of the Monash Doctoral Program as detailed in the Doctoral Handbook and as applicable to the course of enrolment. This may include coursework, training, academic progression milestones and examination processes.

In addition, students will undertake a period of no less than 12 months, post Confirmation (ie, after their first 12 months of enrolment) at IITB.  


Monash University has additionally offered up to four scholarships (up to two for candidates in the Faculty of Engineering, and up to two for candidates in the Faculty of Science) to assist in the development of this important research.


All projects to be undertaken by Monash based IITB-Monash Joint Award students will be agreed upon and approved by both Monash and IITB.

This Joint PhD will focus in its initial stages on projects in the area of sustainability, with the initial list of planned projects comprising:

FacultyProject titleThemeMonash SupervisorIITB SupervisorProject status

Chemical Looping – Reactor Design and Metal Oxide Particle Optimisation

Advanced computational engineering, simulation and manufacture

Dr. Andrew Hoadley

Prof. Sankar Bhattacharya

A/Prof. Sagar Mitra

Prof. Santanu Bandyopadhya

Candidate required

Artificial intelligence, from the lab to the field

Machine learning

Prof.Nick Birbilis


Candidate required

Graphene-based novel composite materials for supercapacitors

Clean Energy / Nanotechnology

Prof. Raman Singh

A/Prof. Sumit Saxena

Candidate required


Use of steel furnace slag to accelerate carbonation of coal fly ash for CO2 sequestration and soil amendment

Sustainable Design, Manufacturing and Resourcing

Prof. Ranjith Pathegama

Dr. Tharaka Rathnaweera

Prof. TN Singh

Prof. Vikram Vishal

Candidate required


Candidate required


Candidate required

Interested applicants should contact the Monash University supervisor listed above to discuss these opportunities in more detail.


The selection and recommendation of admission for Monash-based applicants will follow standard Monash application procedures with the addition of a joint institutional interview.

The Faculty to which you have applied will contact you to arrange an interview date and time. Please note that this interview may be conducted by Skype.

See this page for more details on how to apply and please also note that the closing date for applications is 31 October 2017.