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Ph.D. Programme 

The PhD programme at IISER Pune is a blend of class room curriculum and mentoring under-graduate students along with a major research component. IISER Pune admits students to doctoral programme in Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Climate Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Humanities & Social Sciences and inter-disciplinary areas of research.

Students with a Master’s degree in Science / Mathematics or a four-year Bacherlor degree with at least 60% marks (aggregate) are encouraged to apply to our PhD programme. In addition to the qualifying degree, we expect the students to have qualified a national examination such as CSIR-UGC NET/GATE/JEST/NBHM/JGEEBILS, etc. depending on their area of research interest. Students will be selected to the PhD programme based on performance in the interviews.

Please note that the precise eligibility criterion for each year may vary from department to department and will be announced at the time of intake.

General information on the IISER Pune PhD programme

Prime Minister's Research Fellowship (PMRF):
IISER Pune is one of the PMRF granting institutes offering PMRF Fellowship to meritorious PhD candidates. To apply for PMRF through direct entry, the candidate needs to get selected in our regular PhD programme, and the Institute will recommend selected few candidates for PMRF. The final decision will be taken by the National Level Discipline-Specific Selection Committee. Detailed eligibility criteria are mentioned on the PMRF website and the same will be applicable.
Candidates are advised to visit the
PMRF website to know more.

Admissions to the PhD Programme (Batch starting in January 2021)

NOTE: In view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, PhD interviews may be held online. Clear guidelines or any changes in procedure will be provided to candidates shortlisted for the interviews.

Application Procedure:

  1. Only online applications will be accepted.
  2. The candidates must carefully fill and submit the online application form on or before the specified date.
  3. After the last date, all applications will be screened and candidates selected for interviews will be intimated by email.

Please Note:

  1. All communication with candidates will be by email only.
  2. Kindly check this website for periodic updates.
  3. In case of any application-related queries, please contact: doctoraloffice@iiserpune.ac.in  with your application number mentioned in the subject line.
  4. Candidates who are appearing or are about to appear for final examinations of the qualifying degree program are eligible to apply for PhD program. However, if selected, admission to the PhD program would be conditional upon their completing the qualifying degree with the defined marks criteria, before 1st January 2021
  5. Selection will be based on interviews of the short-listed candidates.
  6. Relaxation of eligibility criteria for SC/ST and PD applicants will be as per Government of India norms. Candidates belonging to reserved category will have to submit relevant certificates, if selected.
  7. Applying does not automatically guarantee that a candidate will be shortlisted for interview. The respective departments may use additional criteria (based on academic performance and/or performance in the national level tests) in order to shortlist candidates for interviews depending on the number of applications received.

Following departments would be taking admissions for the PhD batch starting in January 2021. Click the links below to know more about the eligibility criteria and application details:

Admissions are not yet open for the January 2021 intake, for the following departments: