About the ACM India Anveshan Setu Fellowship

Objectives of the Fellowship

  • To provide CS/IT PhD students in India:
    1. an opportunity to get up close and personal with best research practices outside their parent institutes.
    2. a longer and more intense mentoring experience beyond ACM India PhD Clinic.
  • The target is to develop Anveshan Setu into a premium-value program over the next three years—something that every CS/IT PhD student in India would aspire to participate in their PhD career.

Eligibility for Students and Mentors

  • Student: Any full-time/part-time enrolled/registered CS/IT PhD student in India.
  • Mentor: Faculty member with established research credentials in India, willing to host and mentor a visitor student for four weeks.
  • It is preferred that a mentor-mentee pair would have interacted in the past through other fora/platforms, viz. PhD Clinic.
  • A mentor will be matched with a mentee only if both sides are agreeable to the match.

Salient features of the Fellowship

  • Duration of the visit: We recommend a minimum of four weeks in a year/per visit. Depending on the performance, mentee/student can be allowed to visit same or different mentors up to three times in three years, during the PhD career of the student.
  • It is expected that at the end of each four-week visit, the mentee will have a better understanding and perspective of research methodology and practices in her/his area of interest, develop taste and enthusiasm for exploring an area of her/his interest in depth, and expand her/his network of academic contacts.
  • Depending on the interest by the mentor and mentee, ACM India will do the matchmaking. Explicit approval from the mentor will be taken before assigning a mentee.
  • ACM India will provide a fixed amount of financial support per mentee to the mentor/host institute to take care of expenses related to the mentee's visit.
  • Mentor and mentee are expected to meet a minimum set of expectations. The guiding principle of these expectations is to ensure that the mentee learns best research practices and feels more comfortable and encouraged in pursuing her/his research at the end of the visit.

Expectation from Mentors

  • Facilitate logistics of mentee's visit:
    • Office space/desk, access to building/lab, internet access, access to library (for reading, not necessarily for issuing books)
    • Access to student hostel/guest house accommodation and mess/canteen facilities. Financial support from ACM India is available for this.
  • Have the mentee participate in group meetings, presentations, etc. as a visitor.
  • Spend at least 1-2 hours per week with the mentee on his/her work, giving feedback on research, helping progress with work.
  • Have other students in the mentor's research group spend some structured time with the mentee explaining what they are working on, pitfalls to avoid, best practices to pick up, etc.
  • Have a joint video/teleconference with mentee and her/his advisor in her/his parent institution at least once (preferably in the first week) during the visit to ensure that all are on the same page.
  • Provide a Completion Letter (see template) to the mentee on institute letterhead, on completion of the visit.
  • Give feedback to ACM India about what worked and what didn't work; a separate form will be shared with mentors for this purpose.

Expectation from Mentees

  • Mentee must have discussed the visit with her/his advisor and comply with all requirements of advisor and parent institution.
  • Mentee must submit a no-objection-certificate (see template) from the advisor.
  • Given that this is a full-time visit, mentee must spend a minimum of 40 hours per week interacting with the mentor and her/his research group, trying to understand research methodologies and best practices.
  • Participate as a visitor in group meetings, presentations etc. of the mentor's group.
  • Stay in close touch (preferably weekly) with an advisor in the parent institution about work/activities being done in the visiting institute.
  • Prepare a report (format to be provided by ACM India) of outcome of the visit at the end of the duration of visit.
  • Give feedback to ACM India about what worked and what didn't work; a separate form will be shared with mentees for this purpose.
  • Possibly participate in ACM India events and present her/his work and experience from the visitor program.

Tentative Timeline

January 2021 Applications open
February 2021 Scrutinize applications, interaction between potential students and mentors
March 2021 Get confirmation from mentee and mentor/host institute
April 2021 ACM India team to help (if any) both mentee and mentors in planning the visits
May 2021 Induction of Anveshan Setu fellows

Other guidelines

  • ACM India will have no stake in the produced IP through this collaboration/visit of the mentee to the host institution and beyond.
  • Mentor and student should publish the findings from the visit and beyond in public domain.
  • It is acknowledged by both parties that mentee pursuing research is purely voluntary and will not result in any obligation or liability on ACM India with regard to quality and/or standard of the research plan. ACM India will also not be responsible in any manner for any kind of misbehaviour or disobedience on the part of the mentee or for any misuse of facilities provided by the host institute. ACM India will not be liable to the host institute on any account except for the grant provided for the research project.
  • Without any financial implications for ACM, if the mentor agrees to a student staying for more than four weeks and the student agrees to take care of her/his expenses, a student and mentor can decide on this mutually (i.e ACM India cannot provide any more than the fellowship amount for this extended stay).
  • We plan to support up to 50 students in this initial offering of the Fellowship.

Financial details

  • For every visit of a student that the mentor hosts, ACM India will provide INR 20,000 + institutional overhead (as applicable).
  • Mentor can use the funds received either in the given financial year or the next two years.
  • Some suggested ways of using the funds—mentor can pay the student INR 20,000 and let the student take care of all expenses themselves; mentor can take care of the hostel accommodation, mess food, etc. and reimburse the travel expenses.


  • Mentor/Faculty: Faculty member of the institute to whom the student visitor is assigned.
  • Candidate/Student/Mentee: A student from another institute getting the Anveshan Setu Fellowship to pursue research with the mentor at the institute.
  • Grant: Cash grant names Anveshan-Setu Fellowship provided by ACM India to the institute to fund the candidate's research project.
  • Research topic: Plan agreed between the mentor and the candidate to work on. This could be a 2-3 line description of the topic of research.

List of mentors


  • Apply here, 2022 Deadline to be announced.

Fellows for 2021

(Arranged in alphabetical order of the student's first name)

Student Name with Institute     Mentor Name with Institute
Akarsh K Nair, IIIT Kottayam Prof. G N Srinivasa Prasanna, IIIT Bengaluru
Akhila V H, NIT Calicut     Prof. Ponnurangam Kumaraguru, IIIT Delhi
Ashok Kumar J, Anna University     Prof. Radhika Mamidi, IIIT Hyderabad
Avinash Tulasi, IIIT Delhi     Prof. Mainack Mondal, IIT Kharagpur
B Maria Joseph, Sree Vidyanikethan Engineering College     Prof. Nipun Batra, IIT Gandhinagar
Debajyoti Ghosh, BML Munjal University    Prof. Venkatesh Raman, IMSc Chennai
Deepasree Varma P, SCMS School of Engineering and Technology     Prof. Ponnurangam Kumaraguru, IIIT Delhi
Deptii Devendra Chaudhari, Symbiosis International University     Prof. Abhijnan Chakraborty, IIT Delhi
Diksha Malhotra, Punjab Engineering College     Prof. Radhika Mamidi, IIIT Hyderabad
Divya Garg, NIT Kurukshetra     Prof. Jainendra Shukla, IIIT Delhi
Greeshma M S, Mahatma Gandhi University     Prof. Rajiv Ratn Shah, IIIT Delhi
Gouri Sankar Majumder, IIT Guwahati     Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya, IIT Bombay
Jaspreet Kaur, IIT Jodhpur     Prof. Chester Rebeiro, IIT Madras
Jayant Vyas, IIT Jodhpur     Prof. Jainendra Shukla, IIIT Delhi
Kannadasan K, NIT Trichy     Prof. Jainendra Shukla, IIIT Delhi
Kapil Tajane, Pimpri Chinchwad College of Engineering     Prof. Tavpritesh Sethi, IIIT Delhi
Kumari Neha, IIIT Delhi     Prof. Srinath Srinivasa, IIIT Bengaluru
Maibam Debina Devi, IIIT Manipur     Prof. Sanasam Ranbir Singh, IIT Guwahati
Mohd Anas Wajid, Aligarh Muslim University     Prof. Tavpritesh Sethi, IIIT Delhi
Nidhi Goyal, IIIT Delhi     Prof. Radhika Mamidi, IIIT Hyderabad
Parkala Vishnu Bharadwaj Bayari, IIT Jodhpur     Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya, IIT Bombay
Pratibha Kumari, IIT Ropar     Prof. Rajiv Ratn Shah, IIIT Delhi
Rahul Ravindra Pitale, Pimpri Chinchwad College of Engineering     Prof. Tavpritesh Sethi, IIIT Delhi
Rajni, University of Delhi     Prof. Arindam Khan, IISc
Richard Saldanha, NIT Surathkal     Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya, IIT Bombay
Ritwik Mishra, IIIT Delhi     Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya, IIT Bombay
Sanjeev Rao, Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology     Prof. Ponnurangam Kumaraguru, IIIT Delhi
Sharad Pratap Singh, UPES Dehradun     Prof. Pravesh Biyani, IIIT Delhi
Shivangi Singhal, IIIT Delhi     Prof. Abhijnan Chakraborty, IIT Delhi
Singamaneni Krishnapriya, Pondicherry University     Prof. Ponnurangam Kumaraguru, IIIT Delhi
Sivabalan S, SRM Institute of Science and Technology     Prof. Venkatesh Vinayakarao, CMI
Sonam, GGSIPU     Prof. Pravesh Biyani, IIIT Delhi
Srinadh Swamy Majeti, IDRBT     Prof. Komondoor V Raghavan, IISc
Supriya Nadiger, IIIT Dharwad     Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya, IIT Bombay
Sushmita Chandel, IIT Jodhpur     Prof. Aritra Banik, NISER Bhubaneswar
Susmi Jacob, SCMS School of Engineering & Technology     Prof. Nipun Batra, IIT Gandhinagar
Vinnakota Saran Chaitanya, NIT Surathkal     Prof. Sanasam Ranbir Singh, IIT Guwahati


Q: I have not yet attended the PhD Clinic, can I apply for this fellowship?
A: Absolutely, you can. We strongly recommend applying to Anveshan Setu Fellowship after attending the Clinic, but it is not mandatory.

Q: Will there be any written test, interviews, for the selection process?
A: No, there will be an interaction session (which could be a PhD Clinic slot too) with the mentor to ensure that you are prepared to make the best use of the visit.

Q: Is there a necessary condition that I can visit only the faculty that I interacted with in PhD Clinic?
A: No, not necessary. You can apply to visit any host faculty mentioned in the application form. Please be aware that this is a matchmaking activity, where host faculty also should be interested in hosting you.

Q: Will I get a lab space/desk to sit and work in the host institute?
A: Depending on the infrastructure facilities of the host institute, you will get some space.

Q: Will I get a hostel in the institute that I will be visiting?
A: Same goes for hostel rooms; be prepared to stay in some hostel type accommodation outside if you don't get a hostel room in the campus.

Q: I just finished my PhD, submitted my thesis, waiting for evaluation/defense, am I eligible for this fellowship?
A: Congrats on submitting the thesis, must be very satisfying. Unfortunately, this program is for PhD students who have not yet reached the final stages of thesis defense.

Q: How much fellowship money will I get?
A: Approximately 20,000 per student per visit. You are welcome to use it as per the host faculty and your understanding. Host faculty has been advised to pay you this fellowship. (S)he may deduct hostel fees in the fellowship if there is such an understanding.

Q: When can I visit? Should the visit be planned in summer?
A: Visit timing can be planned with the host faculty; both you and the faculty member can decide on the timing for the visit.

Q: Do I need to have ACM membership to apply for this fellowship?
A: No, any PhD student (not restricted to ACM members) can apply for this fellowship.

For any clarifications, please write to pk[at]iiitd[dot]ac[dot]in