Research is a widely popular field that has been at the forefront of innovative and developmental milestones in the history of mankind. While there are a lot of research opportunities today in different institutions in India, the premier Indian institutions like IITs, NITs, IISc, IISERs, etc. still lead the way. The rich history in academia and research, world-class quality of research facilities, distinguished faculty, presence of outstanding scholars, and recognition at international levels are some of the reasons why these institutions remain as the favorite of research enthusiasts. 

The students who have made into these prestigious institutes for their education at the undergraduate, graduate and higher levels have ample opportunities for research under their distinguished faculty. Those who could not get into these prestigious institutes need not worry as these institutions conduct many programs to attract the best talents of the country interested in pursuing research.

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Scholarship Track India brings you the coveted research internship opportunities at these centers of excellence. Opportunities in the following premier Indian institutions are covered in this article.

I. Opportunities in IITs

The following programs are covered here:

  1. IIT Delhi Summer Fellowship Research Program
  2. IIT Roorkee SPARK
  3. IIT Gandhinagar Summer Research Internship Program
  4. IIT Madras Summer Fellowship Program
  5. IIT Bhubaneswar Summer Internship Program
  6. IAS Summer Research Fellowship Program

1. IIT Delhi Summer Fellowship Research Program

Deadline: Around March – April

Eligibility

  • Undergraduate students who have completed or have appeared in the 3rd year examination of a 4 year undergraduate course or a graduate student who has completed or appeared in the 1st year examination of a 2 year graduate course are eligible.
  • The students must be from TEQIP-III approved engineering colleges or institutions.

What it covers

  • The cost of travel, accommodation, and a fellowship grant of INR 500 per week are covered.

More information

  • The program is around 7-8 weeks in duration.

To know more about this program, click here!

2. IIT Roorkee SPARK

Deadline:  February

Eligibility

  • Undergraduate students (BTech/BE/BArch/MSc) in a relevant discipline from any Indian institute are eligible.
  • CGPA must be greater than 7.5 for students of IITs/IISc, greater than 8.0 for NITs/IISERs/NISERs/IIEST/UM-DAECBS, and greater than 8.5 for other institutes.

What it covers

  • There is a stipend of INR 2500 per week.

More information

  • The internship program lasts 6-8 weeks.
  • The students get to work on projects advertised at the time of application.
  • The students who do not belong to IITR may choose to apply for postgraduate or doctoral studies after the program.

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3. IIT Gandhinagar Summer Research Internship Program

Deadline: Around March

Eligibility

  • Students in the first, second, and third years of Bachelor’s and students in the first year of  Master’s degree at prominent institutions in India may apply.

What it covers

  • A stipend of Rs 2000 during the internship duration. Faculty funded projects may have different stipends.

More information

  • The minimum duration of this program is 8 weeks.

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4. IIT Madras Summer Fellowship Program

Deadline: Towards the end of February

Eligibility

  • The candidates in the 3rd year of B.E/BTech/BSc (Engg) or 3rd or 4th year of integrated M.E/MTech or 1st year of M.E/MTech/MSc/MA/MBA may apply for this program.
  • Students from IITs are not eligible to apply.

What it covers

  • A sum of INR 6000 per month is provided for a maximum period of two months.

More information

  • The program lasts two months.

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5. IIT Bhubaneswar Summer Internship Program

Deadline: Around April

Eligibility

  • Students enrolled in a degree in a government-funded technical institution and students referred by various academies may apply for this program.

What it covers

  • Information not available publicly

More information

  • The program is for 3-8 weeks.

Click here to read more about this internship!

6. IAS Summer Research Fellowship Program

The Indian Academy of Sciences, Bengaluru, Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, and The National Academy of Sciences, Prayagraj jointly conducts IAS SRFP which provides 2 months of fellowships to students and faculties to research under scientists associated with the three academies. Many esteemed faculty from IITs, IISc, etc.,  select student fellows through this program.

Deadline: November

Eligibility

  • Students belonging to a wide range of courses like B.E, BTech, BCA, BPharm, BS, BSc, BVSc, BArch, dual degrees, integrated courses, and postgraduate courses are eligible for this program.
  • The qualifying year of application may vary with the courses.

What it covers

  • Round trip train fare and a monthly stipend to meet expenses

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There are many summer research internship programs offered by other IITs too. Some of them are :

7. IIT Ropar Summer Internship Program

8. IIT Guwahati Summer Internship Program

9. IIT Hyderabad Summer Internship Program

II. Opportunities in NITs

The following programs are covered here:

1. NIT Rourkela Summer Internship Program

Deadline: Around March

Eligibility

  • B.E/B.Tech students with good academic records who have completed the 4th semester may apply.
  • B.Arch/Integrated MSc/Integrated MTech/dual degree students who have completed the 6th semester and possess good academic records may also apply.
  • MSc/MA in Development Studies/MBA students who have completed 2nd semester are also eligible for this program.

What it covers

  • Fellowships and financial assistance are not provided.

More information

  • Duration is 8 weeks

Read more about this program here!

2. NIT Trichy Summer Internship Program

Deadline: Towards the end of March

Eligibility

  • Students registered for a degree in any academic institution are eligible for this program.

What it covers

  • Fellowships may vary with projects and mentor faculty.

More information

  • The program lasts 5 to 8 weeks during May – July.

Read more about this program here!

3. NIT Calicut Summer Internship Program

Deadline: March – April

Eligibility

  • Students who have completed or are appearing for examinations of 3rd year of BE/BTech courses or 4th year of BArch or 1st year of MTech/MSc/M.E/MBA are eligible for this internship.
  • The candidates must have scored a minimum CGPA of 7.5 or 70% marks in aggregate. 

What it covers

  • Financial assistance is not provided to interns.

More information 

  • The duration of the program is 50 days from May to June

Read more about this program here.

4. NIT Surathkal Summer Internship Program

Deadline: The deadline may vary with the departments.

Eligibility

  • Students who are appearing for examinations of the 3rd year of undergraduate studies or 1st year of postgraduate studies may apply for this program.

What it covers

  • Financial assistance in the form of stipends may be provided to students.
  • CGPA requirements may vary with departments and projects.

More information

  • The program lasts around 4-8 weeks.

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5. NIT Silchar Satyendra Nath Bose Summer Internship Program

Deadline: April

Eligibility

  • Pre-final year (3rd) BTech/B.E students with a CGPA above 7 or 70% marks are eligible for this program.

What it covers

  • Financial assistance may not be provided.

More information 

  • The duration of the program is 4 weeks from May – June

Click here to read more!

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III. Opportunities in IISc Bangalore

This section covers the following programs:

1. CeNSE IISc Summer Internship program

This internship is provided by the Centre for Nano Science and Engineering at IISc Bangalore.

Deadline: February 

Eligibility

  • Students who are actively enrolled in any UG/PG program in India or abroad who wish to research on topics coming under nanoscience and engineering are eligible.

What it covers

  • An amount of INR 5000 per month.

More information

  • The program is around 8-10 weeks in duration. 

Read more about this program here.

2. Indian National Academy of Engineering Mentorship

Students who are selected in this program could apply for various research internships at IISc Bangalore under INAE Fellows.

Deadline: The applications open in February.

Eligibility

  • Students in the 3rd or 4th year of B.E/BTech from recognized engineering institutions are eligible to apply.
  • The students must be meritorious and must have a minimum CGPA of 7.5 or 75% marks.

What it covers

  • A stipend of INR 20000 and train fare is provided.
  • An ad-hoc amount of INR 5000 is provided to the student when the mentor and mentee are located in the same stations.

More information

  • The program is for 2 months.
  • The applications must be routed through the mentor who is an INAE Fellow and the students may not initiate the application.

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3. Narendra Summer Internship

This is offered by the Department of Computer Science and Automation at IISc Bangalore.

Deadline: Mid-April

Eligibility

  • The students in 2nd year, 3rd year, and 4th year of B.E/BTech courses who are bright and motivated may apply.

What it covers

  • A total stipend of INR 20000 after the internship.

More information

  • The program lasts for 2 months.

Click here to read more details!

4. IISc Bangalore & IAS Bangalore Summer Fellowship in Science and Engineering for SC/ST students

Deadline: In April – May 

Eligibility

  • The students must belong to an SC/ST community.
  • Must be pursuing MSc in biological, physical, chemical, and mathematical sciences or must be in the 3rd or 4th year of B.E/BTech or equivalent degree in any discipline.
  • However 1st year of MSc and 3rd year of B.E/BTech students are given preference.

What it covers

  • Traveling allowance and accommodation along with a fellowship of INR 5000 along with a book grant of INR 1500 are covered.

More information 

  • Duration is one month in June/July

Click here to know more!

5. IAS Summer Research Fellowship Program 

Read more details about this program in the Opportunities in the IITs section above.

IV. Opportunities in IISERs

The following programs are covered here:

1. IISER Pune Summer Student Program

Deadline: February-March

Eligibility

  • Students in the 2nd/3rd/4th year of BSc/BTech/B.E or equivalent degrees and those in the 1st year of MSc/MTech or equivalent degrees are eligible.
  • Must have scored a minimum of 60% in overall grades and 80% in the subjects of their interest.

What it covers

  • Accommodation is provided in this program.

More information

  • The program lasts for 4-8 weeks in May – July.

Click here to read more!

2. IISER Bhopal Summer Internship and Winter Internship Programs

Deadline: For summer internships, the applications close in March and for winter internships, they close in November.

Eligibility

  • Students pursuing 2nd/3rd/4th year of BSc/BTech/B.E or first year of MSc/MTech or equivalent programs may apply for this programs

What it covers

  • No financial assistance will be provided.

More information

  • The summer internships last for 4 to 8 weeks from May to July and winter internships lasts for around 4 weeks in December.

Read more about these programs here!

3. IISER Kolkata Summer Student Research Program

Deadline: May – June

Eligibility

  • The candidates enrolled in B.S/BSc/BTech/B.E/MSc courses in universities in India and abroad are eligible for this program.

What it covers

  • There are a limited number of fellowships awarded to students selected for this program. It might vary with the year of the program.

More information

  • The program lasts for a period of 45 days during June – July. These are tentative months.

Click here to read more!

4. IISER Mohali Summer Research Program

Deadline: March 

Eligibility

  • The candidates must be at the level of 2nd/3rd years of BSc or 1st year of MSc courses. BE/BTech students are also eligible but might have to demonstrate their genuine interest in pursuing research in science programs.

What it covers

  • This program includes free accommodation for selected candidates.

More information

  • Duration is a minimum of one month and a maximum of two months during May – July.

Click here!

Some other summer internship programs at IISERs are:

5. IISER Behrampur Summer/Winter Internship programs

6. IISER Trivandrum Summer Visiting Students Program

V. Opportunities in IIST Trivandrum

1. IIST Summer Internship Program

Deadline: Around mid-March

Eligibility

  • Students pursuing BTech, BS-MS, BSc, and other programs are eligible to apply. 

What it covers

  • The fellowships may vary with year.

More information

  • The programs last around 8 weeks from May – July

Click here to read more!

While many students who worked hard day and night for some of the toughest examinations in the world made it into the premier educational institutions in India like the IITs, NITs, IISc, IISERs, and IIST, many could not achieve this feat. Nevertheless, persisting in the journey is all that matters at the end of the day. These research internships listed above are mostly for students who could not make it into these institutions but are passionate about bringing change in the world through researching under some of the best mentors in the best institutions in the country. Thus it is always important to look past your setbacks and make use of the opportunities out there in the world and finally never give up. Scholarship Track India wishes you all the best to grab the best opportunities and chase your dreams.

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