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March 24, 2009

PhD Admission at The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT)

Admission India

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (Part Time)

Master’s degree (including IIFT MPIB) in any discipline from a recognized university with at least 55% marks.

Diploma courses which are considered equivalent to Master Degree (eg. PGDIM from IIMs) by AICTE/UGC only would be considered. In such cases candidates would be required to produce the certificate from competent authority.

BTech/MTech from a recognized university (CGPA 4.5 on a scale of 7). Minimum 5 years of work experience

Weightage would be given to candidates with publications such as books, papers in National/International Journals and paper presentations in National /international conferences

Candidates with prior teaching and research experience and / or Candidates from industry having made exceptional contribution in their area of work would be an important consideration

Overseas students can also apply as long as they satisfy the above criteria. However they will be required to attend the first stage of course work on the campus.

Two seats are reserved for sponsored candidates from industry and trade association such as FICCI, ASSOCHAM, CII etc.

Admission Process

A three stage process is followed for admission to the PhD Programme.

Stage I: The Research Advisory Committee (RAC) of the Institute will screen the applications together with necessary enclosures and will short-list the candidates based on the eligibility criteria.

Stage II: Short-listed candidates will submit a detailed Research Proposal as per the guidelines contained in the Prospectus (Appendix II). The RAC would once again screen all the Project proposals received and prepare the list of short listed candidates

Stage III: Short-listed candidates will, subsequently, appear for a presentation cum viva before the RAC at the Institute

Application form and brochure can be downloaded from the website Candidates need to fill the application form and send the same to the Institute along with a Demand Draft of Rs.2000/- (Rs.1000/- in respect of SC/ST candidates) in favour of Indian Institute of Foreign Trade payable at New Delhi so as to reach it latest by 29th March, 2009 at the following address:

Shri Sunil Kumar, Programme Coordinator (Research Division)
Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (Deemed University)
B-21, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi 110016, Tel: 91-11- 26966563, 26965124, 26965051, 26859582 (Direct), Fax: 91-11-26867851, E-mail:,

OR Contact for further queries
Dr Pooja Lakhanpal, PhD Programme Director, Tel: 91-11- 26965124, 26965051 Extn. 413

Important Enclosures with Application Form:
1.Copies of educational degrees obtained
2.Two passport size photographs
3.Two letters of recommendation (in the format provided in the application form)
4.At least one example of scholarly research or professional writing (guidelines at Appendix-I)
5.Bank draft of Rs.2000/- (Rs.1000 in respect of SC/ST/PH category candidates and US $60 for foreign students) in favour of Indian Institute of Foreign Trade payable at New Delhi.
6.SC/ST/PH category candidates to attach the requisite certificate.

Academic Rules:

Applicants are requested to go through the brochure in detail before applying.

For the course work, all scholars will be governed by the academic rules being followed in the Institute’s programmes. Classes would be held on weekends.

The decision of RAC in all selection and academic matters would be final and binding on the scholars

Minimum of 75% attendance is required for the course work.

The institute reserves the right to include, remove or modify any of the electives for the second stage course work.

Both stages of course work have to be successfully completed before registration is confirmed. All participants must finish the course work between 12-14 months. Thesis must be submitted within a minimum of 2 years and maximum period of 3 years of completion of course work. In case comments of examiner/s warrant additional work by the student, a maximum period of additional 12 months may be given to the student for re-submission of thesis.

After completion of course work participants are required to interact with their supervisors on a minimum of fortnightly basis

The supervisors and RAC would give a satisfactory/not satisfactory report after presentation of every progress seminar

Candidates have been provided the options of attending the classes from New Delhi and/or Kolkata. Candidates from other locations will have to fulfill the attendance requirement by being present for classes in either location

Fees must be paid in full according to the fee payment schedule (Page No.). in case of any delay, a fine of Rs 100 per day would be charged till 15 days. Thereafter re-registration would be required.

All participants have to ensure that their registration is confirmed within two years of their joining the Programme to avoid cancellation of the same

Last date for submission of applications: 29th March 2009
Notification of Short listed candidates: 20th April 2009
Submission of Research Proposal (for short-listed candidates only; guidelines contained in the Appendix): 4th May 2009
Viva-cum-presentation at IIFT Campus in New Delhi (or short-listed candidates only; foreign students will be interviewed telephonically): 4th week of May 2009 (onwards)
Declaration of results: 2nd week of June 2009
Course Commencement: 2nd Week of July 2009

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT)
Deemed University
B-21, IIFT Bhawan, Qutab Institutional Area
New Delhi, India
Phone-No: 26965124/26966563/26965051

The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) was set up in 1963 by the Government of India as an autonomous organisation to help professionalise the country's foreign trade management and increase exports by developing human resources; generating, analysing and disseminating data; and conducting research.

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