Department of
Earth and Climate Science

PhD in Earth and Climate Science

The Earth and Climate Science program at the IISER Pune invites applications from highly-motivated students for admissions to Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program for the session January-2024.


Research Area (Potential Supervisor)

A)Paleobiology and Marine Ecology (Devapriya Chattopadhyay)

Candidates with a strong Earth Science or Biology background and an interest in Paleobiology are encouraged to apply. Candidates with prior experience in Paleontological/Ecological/Taxonomic research and/or R-programming language would be preferred. The selected candidate is expected to contribute to a project under the broad theme of paleoecology or conservation paleobiology. 

B) Geochemistry (Gyana Ranjan Tripathy)

C) Biogeochemistry (Shreyas Mangave)

The selected candidate will work on  problems related to climate change.

D) Himalayan glaciers (Argha Banerjee)

Only candidates with a strong background in both undergraduate Physics and Maths may apply. Proficiency in Computer Programming is expected. The selected candidate will contribute to an Indo-Swiss collaborative project on field studies and modelling of debris-covered Himalayan glaciers. 

Minimum Eligibility:     

  1. Students with minimum 60% marks in aggregate (overall percentage; not only in majoring subject) or a CGPA 6 out of 10 point scale (55% in aggregate or equivalent CGPA for SC/ST and PD candidates) in Master’s (or BS-MS) degree in Geology/ Applied Geology/Physics/Mathematics/Atmospheric Science/Climate Science/Engineering/Biology/Environmental Science, or related subjects. BE/BTech students may also apply.


Additionally, the candidate MUST have qualified in any ONE of the following exams: 

  1. National Eligibility Test (NET) with valid* CSIR-JRF / UGC-JRF/ UGC-LS/ CSIR-LS/ or a valid* GATE/JEST score,

(b) INSPIRE-PhD fellowship (The candidate should be in possession of provisional selection letter at the time of interview),

*The score/rank MUST be valid at least till January 01, 2024.


  1. IISER BS-MS students with major in one of the subjects mentioned above with CGPA >= 8.0.

Selection procedure:

Selection will be based on online interviews of the short-listed candidates. 

Note: Only online application will be accepted. 

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

For any admission related query please contact

Admissions to the MSc Programme in Geology - August 2023

List of candidates selected for MSc Programme in Geology commencing from 2023 August semester

The department of Earth and Climate Science at IISER Pune invites applications from highly-motivated students for admissions to Master of Science (MSc) programme for the session August-2023.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria:

1. Minimum 60% marks in aggregate (overall percentage; not only in majoring subject) or an equivalent C.G.P.A on a 10-point scale (55% or an equivalent C.G.P.A on a 10-point scale in aggregate for SC, ST, and PwD candidates) in B.Sc. in Geology/Geological Science/Geoscience/Earth Science with Mathematics/Physics/Chemistry course(s) at B.Sc. level. Students should have Mathematics at 10+2 level.


2. Qualified JAM 2023 (Geology)* with a rank of 500 or less. Candidates will be shortlisted based on JAM rank.

*The rank/ score must be valid at the time of admission.

Candidates in the final year of their Bachelor's degree are also eligible to apply. However, their final selection is subject to their successful completion of the Bachelor's degree with the above-mentioned requirements at the time of admission.

Application Process:

  1. Only online applications will be accepted. Incomplete applications will be rejected.
  2. The candidates must carefully fill and submit the online application form on or before the specified date.
  3. After the last date, all the applications will be screened and the list of candidates selected for the MSc Geology programme will be released.

Please Note:

  1. All communication with candidates will be by email only, on the respective email ID given below. Kindly check this website for periodic updates.
  2. In case of any application-related queries, please contact with your application number mentioned in the subject line.
  3. Relaxation of eligibility criteria for reserved category applicants will be as per Government of India norms. Candidates belonging to the reserved category will have to submit relevant certificates if selected.
  4. Applying does not automatically guarantee that a candidate will be selected. Depending upon the number of applications received, the department may apply additional criteria to select the students.