Summer Research Internship in India

December 2016 – February 2017 at IIT Kanpur or IIT Madras

The Melbourne School of Engineering is offering students the opportunity to take part in an international research experience over the 2016–2017 Australian summer holiday period.

There is some funding associated with this program to cover accommodation and some other expenses.

Successful applicants will undertake research at one of two top engineering institutes in India, the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) or the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) for 8–10 weeks between December and February. Students will select from currently-running research projects, and join a project for a 10-week practical international research experience.

Program details

Students are encouraged to look at research projects at both institutions to find the project that best suits their personal research interests. Both institutions are leaders in research, and there are different advantages to attending either institute.

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)

All airfares, accommodation, meals and a small living allowance are paid for by IITK.

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)

Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)

Students will receive a monthly stipend of Rs.6250 per month, out of which they can pay for accommodation and other boarding expenses, which IITM advise will total about Rs5000/month.

Students will need to organise their own flights and other spending money.

Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)

What kind of research projects are available?

Visit the IITK and IITM websites and have a look through the research projects. Select one or more that match your research interests. We will ask you to nominate at least one, but preferably a couple of back-up projects as well. We will send through the research proposals for our nominated students. In previous years most students have been accepted to their preferred project.

Who is eligible?

Students completing the Engineering Pathway stream (including Software) and students from all streams in the first 100 points of the Master of Engineering are welcome to apply.

Students who will have completed more than the first 100 points of the MC-ENG by December are not eligible for this program.

Eligibility requirements

Applicants should have a Weighted Average Mark of 80% or higher to be nominated for this prestigious program.

Applicants must be enrolled in either:

  • the 3rd year of a Bachelor degree studying an Engineering/Software stream with the intention to continue on to the Master of Engineering at the University of Melbourne, or
  • the first 100 points of a 300 Master of Engineering.

Applicants must be able to travel overseas between the start of December 2016 and the end of February 2017.

Applicants must not be Indian citizens or permanent residents.

Students not currently enrolled in a Master of Engineering

Students who do not intend to undertake a Master of Engineering at the University of Melbourne are not eligible for this program. This program is intended to give an ongoing or incoming Master of Engineering student a rare chance to get international research experience very early in their degree. Please only apply for this program if you genuinely intend to enrol into the Master of Engineering following your current studies, as we will need you to accept your conditional offer prior to departure in order to be covered under the University’s travel insurance.

How to apply

2016 applications are closed.

You will need to submit the following documents to Beth Hunter (Global Mobility Coordinator) at

  • Your statement of results
  • A CV
  • An expression of interest outlining:
    • Your area of research interest
    • Any previous research experience you think might benefit this application
    • What you would like to gain from this experience
    • What you think you could bring to IITK/IITM
  • A Research Involvement Proposal, which should include information such as:
  • The Engineering discipline in which you are interested
  • A list of the project or projects which you would like to be involved with (recommend three if possible)
  • I would like to work with Professor/Dr XXX from IITK/IITM because …
  • Why you think this research is interesting/important
  • What you hope to gain from the experience

Short-listed applicants will be invited to attend a brief interview in the following week.

Further information

Please direct questions to:

Beth Hunter
Global Mobility Coordinator,
Melbourne School of Engineering