How to apply

We have made applying for the UQIDAR joint PhD program as simple as possible. You can apply by following these steps:

1. Check your Eligibility
2. Find a project
3. Prepare your documentation
4. Apply Online

There are two PhD pathways to consider: i-students and q-students.

Indian nationals and international applicants (with citizenship other than Australia), will be considered for admission as i-students. i-students will spend their first year of study at IITD before completing one year (or more) at UQ. They would then complete the remainder of their studies at IITD.

Australian domestic students will be considered for admission as q-students. q-students will spend their first year of study at UQ before completing one year (or more) at IITD.

Applicants must meet the following requirements for consideration for entry into the joint PhD program.


Minimum qualifications for i-students

All i-student applicants must meet the following requirements for consideration for entry into the joint PhD programme, noting that since this is a competitive program the standards for admission may be higher than the minimum.

Qualifying Degree Minimum Marks/Grades for Eligibility (primary method of evaluation to be considered) Scores in public examinations*
Master’s Degree in Engineering/Technology • CGPA of 6.50 on a 10.00 point scale
• Aggregate percentage of 65%
• First Class (wherever awarded)
No requirement.
However, a high score in GATE, UGC-NET, CSIR, ICAR, ICMR, DST-INSPIRE will be given due consideration.
Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology • CGPA of 8.00 on a 10.00 point scale
• Aggregate percentage of 80%
• First Class (wherever awarded)
No requirement for candidates from CFTI’s.
For others a High score in GATE, UGC-NET, CSIR, ICAR, ICMR, DST-INSPIRE
Master’s Degree in Sciences • CGPA of 6.50 on a 10.00 point scale
• Aggregate percentage of 65%
• First Class (wherever awarded)
Master’s Degree in Arts or Humanities • CGPA of 6.50 on a 10.00 point scale
• Aggregate percentage of 65%
• First Class (wherever awarded)
High score in UGC-NET

Additional notes:

  • While it is not a requirement that all candidates possess a valid GATE, GRE, NET, CSIR score (or scores of any competitive entrance test), it is expected that successful applicants will have a good score in any of these many exams in order to be competitive.
  • Candidates without a valid GATE score or CSIR/UGC/DBT award can be considered for admission to the joint-PhD program if they have a minimum of two years of professional work experience in lieu of GATE score and if they meet all other eligibility requirements.

A few points to note:

  • For purposes of comparison, it is understood that a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology is an 8-semester program with course components including basic sciences, engineering fundamentals, and specialization in a chosen discipline.
  • For purposes of comparison, it is understood that a Master’s degree in Engineering/Technology is a 4-semester program with specialization in a chosen discipline, and a significant research component.
  • A 4-year Bachelor’s degree in Sciences, Arts or Humanities will be considered at par with a four years Bachelor’s degree in Engineering / Technology, for purposes of comparison.
  • For Arts and Humanities disciplines, an M. Phil. degree will be considered to be on par with a Master’s degree in Engineering/Technology (and hence will have only a minimum marks/grades requirement with no additional requirement for public examinations.

International i-students:

  • For i-students applying from countries other than India, a high score in any national examination (in the candidate’s home country) or international examination (such as GRE) will be given due weightage, in lieu of the required public examinations listed in the Table above.
  • Candidates who have been awarded a CSIR/UGC/DBT Research fellowship (government fellowships) are encouraged to apply.

Minimum qualifications for q-students

  • A research master’s degree, or
  • A coursework master’s degree and an overall GPA (grade point average) equivalent to 5.65 on the 7-point UQ scale, which should include a relevant research component, or
  • A postgraduate degree of at least one year full-time equivalent with an overall GPA (grade point average) equivalent to 5.0 on the 7-point UQ scale, together with demonstrated research experience equivalent to honours IIA will be considered for PhD entry on a case by case basis.
  • A bachelor’s degree plus at least two years of documented relevant research experience, including research publications.
  • A bachelor’s degree with at least honours class IIA or equivalent from approved universities, which includes a relevant research component

English Language Proficiency Requirements

You may meet the Academy’s English language proficiency requirements if you have completed a bachelor or master’s degree program, or have evidence of at least two years of full time study from an institution that is recognised by the Academy where:

  • English was the medium of instruction; and
  • English was the medium of assessment; and
  • the final year of study has been undertaken within the last five years.

If an applicant’s qualifying degree was in a language other than English then the student needs to demonstrate English proficiency as follows:

  • IELTS: Overall Band Score of 6.5 AND a minimum score of 6 in each sub-band of Writing, Reading, Speaking and Listening; or
  • TOEFL (Internet-Based-iBT): Overall score 87 with a Writing score of 21 and Reading, Speaking and Listening scores of 19; or
  • TOEFL (Paper-based): Overall score of 570 and a minimum score of 5.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE) and 54 in Listening and Reading; or
  • PTE: Overall score of 64 with 60 in each communicative skills section; or
  • CAE/CPE: Overall Cambridge English Scale (CES) score of 176 with a minimum score of 169 in each skill; or
  • BEP: A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all four macro skills.

Deeming of acceptable proficiency on the basis of previous work and study experience will be assessed as part of the application process.

* Higher Degrees by Research in the Health Sciences where research is undertaken in a clinical placement setting: IELTS only with overall band score of 7, with a score of 7 in each sub-band of listening, reading, writing and speaking.

UQIDAR has a wide range of research projects available. When applications open, you can search for available projects here. You can apply for up to two projects in each application round.

To apply, you are required to submit an online application via UQ’s Online Application system. Please apply online using these application instructions. You will be asked to upload the following compulsory supporting documents when you submit your online application.

  • Statement of Purpose (SOP): Fill out one SOP for each project you are applying for. In each of your SOPs remember to fill out, respond to the essential capabilities, desirable capabilities and expected qualifications of the project descriptions (in Section 9) of the projects you are interested in.
  • Academic CV
  • Award/Degree certificates for all completed post-secondary study, including the institution logo and date awarded. If you have not received a copy of your certificate at the time of application, please provide an official letter from your institution stating that you have met award requirements.
  • Academic transcript or consolidated mark sheets for all post-secondary study undertaken, complete or incomplete, including the institution, program, results for every course studied, grading scale, institution logo and date.
  • Evidence for meeting English language proficiency requirements. If you have completed an English language test within two years of the commencement date of the UQIDAR PhD Program, please upload your test results. • Contact details for at least two referees from persons who can best comment on your prior research experience. UQ will contact your referees directly, but you will need to enter their details into the application form.
  • Scanned copies of all competitive entrance tests that you have undertaken including in JEE, GATE, UGC-NET, CSIR, ICAR, ICMR, DST-INSPIRE, GRE etc.
  • Other documentation, originals or certified copies, may be required depending on your individual circumstances

Naming conventions
Please upload and save documents using the following naming convention: Last name_first name_document type. For example:

  • Patel_Aditya_SOP1
  • Smith_John_AcademicCV
  • Agarwal_Muhammad_Award_Certificate_Masters
  • Jones_Katie_Academic_Transcript_Undergraduate

If any of your documentation is in a language other than English, UQIDAR will require a copy of the original language document and an officially translated copy. Internationally, one of UQ’s International Educational Representatives may be able to help you organise document translation and certification Please note, scanned documentation should meet the following criteria:

  • All pages of the document have been scanned before they are submitted. If the original has information on both sides, ensure you scan back and front. Many academic transcripts have information on the reverse side including grading scales which we may need to see.
  • Scanned documents can be uploaded in the following formats: jpg, jpeg, png, gif, pdf, zip and the basic Microsoft Office file formats.
  • The total file size of all documents combined must be no larger than 25.0MB. If you need to upload larger files, contact us.
  • All pages (back and front) of your academic transcript and your award certificate must be certified.

Uploading additional documents
If you need to upload additional documents after submitting your application, you can submit another document on the ‘Additional Documents’ page, which you can find by selecting your application under ‘Submitted Applications’ and then selecting ‘Additional Documents’. You do not need to email UQIDAR to say that you have uploaded more documents as the system automatically alerts us to your new documents.

Please apply online using these application instructions  Please note, we are not able to consider applications submitted after the deadline and we reserve the right to consider complete applications only.

What happens next?
Your application will then be shortlisted based on your eligibility, your background and your Statement of Purpose documents.

All shortlisted applicants will undergo:

  • A skype or telephone interview with supervisors from UQ and IITD for the projects you have been shortlisted. Based on this interview with relevant supervisors, you will be invited to an interview.
  • The interview will consist of a written test, which will include an assessment of ability to critically assess a research paper.
  • The process will also include an interview with the Academy Joint Admissions Sub-committee (AJAS).

When will I know if my application is successful?
You can expect to hear the outcome of your application in line with these application timelines.