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PhD program in Biology - Janurary 2020

Online applications are invited for the PhD programme in Biology at IISER Pune for the January 2020 session in the following streams:

IISER Pune hosts a diverse group of researchers working in various areas. Research in Biology at IISER currently encompasses both theoretical and experimental approaches. Fields of research open to application in this round of PhD selections are as follows:
Ecology and Evolution
Biological Chemistry, Biochemistry, Structural Biology
Biophysics, Mathematical and Computational Biology
Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Given the broad scope of the research done at IISER Pune, we are also open to applicants who have specialized in areas other than Biology. Students with a quantitative background in Science and Engineering, as well as Chemistry, will find a number of faculty members engaged at the interface of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.

The selection process may involve a written test and upto two rounds of interview. At each step only a subset of selected candidates will go forward to the next phase.

Applying does not automatically guarantee that a candidate will be shortlisted for the selection process. The department may use additional criteria in order to shortlist candidates for the written test depending on the number of applications received.

Eligibility Criteria:

1. Minimum 60% marks in aggregate (overall percentage; not only in majoring subject) or CGPA 6 out of 10 point scale (55% or equivalent CGPA in aggregate for SC/ST and PD candidates) in Masters' Degree in any branch of Science: Physics / Chemistry / Mathematics / Biological Sciences / Ecology & Environmental Sciences / Biodiversity / Psychology or equivalent. BE / B.Tech / M.Tech or MBBS degree holders may also apply.


2. The candidate MUST satisfy one of the following criteria:

(a) Qualified a National Eligibility exam that provides a 5 year Ph.D. fellowship* such as CSIR–JRF / UGC–JRF / DBT–JRF–A/ ICMR–JRF / DBT–BINC–JRF / Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship.


(b) Prime Ministers Research Fellowship (PMRF)* for activation at IISER Pune as hosting institution in the discipline of choice.
*The certificate / fellowship MUST be valid at the time of admission as on 01 January 2020.


Candidates selected for admission to PhD Programme (Jan. 2020)


Please email biophdselection@iiserpune.ac.infor queries

Information on applying to the PhD Programme for International Students