IISER Pune encourages international students to apply for the IISER Pune's PhD Programme, starting August 2022. International students are recruited via two streams:

  • Direct admission in IISER Pune
  • Through the Ministry of Education-supported 'Study in India' Programme


Only nationals of countries other than India can apply for this programme. At the time of admission, the applicants for the PhD programme must have completed a 4-year undergraduate degree or a master’s degree from an institution located outside India.

** Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) students who have obtained their qualifying degrees ( 10+2 or equivalent, Bachelors, and Masters) in India can apply through the regular departmental admission portal here.

Application Process

 Applications are now invited for the session commencing from August 2022. Please apply by writing to us at international.phd@acads.iiserpune.ac.in with a cover letter, CV, research statement, scan of information pages of passport, transcripts and three letters of recommendation. Do indicate your nationality and describe your academic track record in your CV. In your cover letter, indicate the Department (Biology, Chemistry, Data Science, Earth and Climate Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, Mathematics, Physics) of your interest along with names of specific research groups in IISER Pune that are close to your research interest.

The last date for submitting applications is June 30, 2024.


Selection will be based on pre-screening, followed by an interview process with multiple rounds. The process will be defined by individual departments and communicated to the applicants in advance. Where possible, interviews will be conducted by video conference.


  • Six International PhD Fellowships, at par with IISER Fellowships, may be available.
  • Tuition fee waiver may be given for meritorious students facing financial hardships.