Chitkara University-Deakin University Joint Doctoral Program admissions 2023

Looking for admission to a Ph.D. program in Australia through a university in India? This article provides complete information on the Chitkara University-Deakin University Joint Doctoral Program that will begin in September this year. Details of the eligibility requirements, thrust areas of research, financial support, and the application procedure have been provided.

You may have heard the exciting news earlier this year that Deakin University, Australia is the very first global university to set up a campus in India. This campus will come up in the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City that is being set up in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. Scheduled to open its doors next year to celebrate the university's 50th anniversary, the university will provide top-notch infrastructure and programs that will have immense employment opportunities.

In the meanwhile, those keen to be associated with Deakin University in the research field can enroll in the Joint Doctoral Program (JDP) between Chitkara University, Punjab, and Deakin University which has four campuses in Australia.

Chitkara-Deakin University Joint Ph.D. Program Notification
[Image source: TOI advt., 26th July 2023]

Highlights of Chitkara-Deakin JDP program

The 4-year joint Ph.D. program of Chitkara University and Deakin University will give you a superb opportunity to pursue research work in India and abroad in Australia, with access to each university's campus facilities and receive excellent mentorship by highly qualified faculty. You will spend up to one year at a Deakin University campus in Australia based on performance and the progress of your research work and will get access to their excellent research lab facilities. On successfully completing the JDP, you will receive a dual Ph.D. Degree, that is, a Ph.D. degree from both universities. Won't that look impressive on your C.V.!

Speaking of the C.V., the career scope after successfully completing the JDP is not restricted only to the role of a research scientist. You have the opportunity to take up a faculty post in top universities in India and abroad, get hired as an advisor for your expertise by government organizations or in the private sector, and perhaps even set up a ground-breaking start-up as an entrepreneur.

One of the many plus points of the JDP is that you will be provided with financial assistance in the form of a monthly Fellowship of Rs. 30,000/- during your research program at Chitkara University. Similarly, when at Deakin University you will be eligible to apply for a Fellowship that is equivalent to the current rate of the Deakin University Postgraduate Research Scholarship (DUPR). Additionally, you will get a full tuition fee waiver for up to four years once you start the doctoral program at Deakin University.

Keeping aside the financial support, think of the other benefits of this JDP, namely, working with a team of experts, learning how to analyze acquired knowledge, enhancing research and communication skills, developing leadership abilities, taking initiatives, etc.

Chitkara-Deakin JDP Eligibility requirements

You should have a Master's Degree that includes a research project in a related area with a minimum thesis of 10,000 to 20,000 words.

It will also be highly advantageous to have postgraduate research experience in the relevant area of research. Articles published in independently-refereed journals, reputed publications, and papers presented at a conference would be a bonus.

You should be keen to take up research in one of these areas-
  1. Technology

  2. Healthcare

  3. Agriculture and Environment

  4. Future Infrastructure

  5. Smart Materials

  6. Mechatronics

A mandatory criterion is that you have to appear for a personal interview with the academic team.

How to apply for the JDP program

Applications should be submitted in online mode at

Note that as of now only Indian nationals can apply through this page. You can save your application at any point and return to it later. You need to ensure that you fill in the name exactly as it appears in the qualifying exam's marks card (mark sheet). You will be required to provide supporting documents, but in case you do not have these documents available at the time of applying, then you can provide them at a later date. However, till the necessary documents are submitted, the application will not be considered complete. The application will be considered to be complete only after both, the documents, and the application fee, are submitted.

Application fee: Rs.2100/-.

Closing date to apply: As of now, Chitkara University has not mentioned any last date for enrolling in the JDP. The official website only mentions that it will begin in September 2023.

Contact information

To know more about the JDP, call Ph. 9501105633 or give a missed call on 1800 267 1999.
WhatsApp no.- 98590 00000.
For assistance with the admission process, you can call the Helpline no. +91-8288088578.

India Campus details-
Chitkara University Campus- Chandigarh-Patiala National Highway, Punjab, India.
The university also has an information centre at Chandigarh- SCO 160-161, Sector 9-C, Chandigarh, India.
Official website:
Support email:

Deakin University website

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