Post-Doctoral Entrepreneurship Program (PDEP)

CHANAKYA Post-Doctoral Entrepreneurship Program (PDEP)  NEW!!

With a focus on building startups from research-driven technologies in Cyber Physical Systems (CPSs), IITI DRISHTI CPS Foundation is looking for motivated doctoral students/candidates interested in building entrepreneurial careers and launching their startup company in CPS. Support through world-class lab access and business mentorship. 

  1. Ph.D. students who have submitted their Ph.D. thesis or were awarded a Ph.D. degree in the year 2021-2023 from a recognized Indian University/ Engineering Institute and age must be upto 32 years.
  2. The applicants must have worked on CPS-based research projects.
  3. The applicants who are willing to setup their Startup company (individually or along with other team members) in CPS will be given strong preference. The idea may or may not be relevant to their Ph.D. work.
  4. The CHANAKYA Post-Doctoral (PD) Entrepreneurs are not required to identify a mentor institute or faculty member at this stage.

Salary (Consolidated): Between INR 55k to 100k per month

Research Grant:  INR 2 Lacs per annum

Funding: Up to INR 100 Lacs for the resulting startup

The tenure of the CHANAKYA Post-Doctoral Entrepreneurs will be initially for 1 year which may be extended further for another 1 year with respect to outcome and performance based on periodic progress reviews on parameters such as commercialization of technology, high-quality research publications, intellectual property (IP) generation, initiation of a start-up.

The following broad procedure would be followed for the selection of the CHANAKYA PD Entrepreneurs

1) Prospective doctoral students/ candidates can submit their applications using the following link: Click here

2) The shortlisting of applicants would be through a ‘peer review’ process wherein the applications would be initially reviewed by IITI DRISHTI CPS Team.

3) Based on this review, the shortlisted candidates would need to present their proposed idea highlighting the end product (hardware/software), the scope for patent/commercialization, end/target customers, current TRL level, end TRL level, proposed budget, etc. Candidates must also highlight their vision for IITI DRISHTI CPS Foundation and plan to meet the same.

4) A selection committee constituted for the purpose would assess the applicants based on the quality of their idea and the strength of their profiles.

For any query related to this program please contact our program manager at

fellowships.drishticps@iiti.ac.in