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:

Faculty of Engineering

ProjectTheme Monash Supervisor/s


Application 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


Artificial intelligence, from the lab to the fieldMachine learning

Prof.Nick Birbilis

Prof. Rushikesh Joshi


Graphene-based novel composite materials for supercapacitorsClean Energy / Nanotechnology

Prof. Raman Singh

A/Prof. Sumit Saxena


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


Faculty of Science

ProjectTheme Monash Supervisor/s


Application status

The structure and evolution of the lithosphere in the northeast Indian Ocean

Advanced Computational Engineering, Simulation and Manufacture

Prof. Peter Betts

Prof. Radhakrishna Munukutla


Biocompatible adsorbents for plant metabolitesBiotechnology and Stem Cell ResearchProf. Louise BennettProf. Jayesh Bellare
A/Prof. Amit Arora


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 note that:

  • the application period is now OPEN; and
  • applicants should select "Research degree only" as the application type.
Doctor of Philosophy (IITB-Monash) in the Faculty of Engineering - course CRICOS code 095520A
Doctor of Philosophy (IITB-Monash) in the Faculty of Science - course CRICOS code 095519E
Monash University CRICOS provider code - 00008C