IISER - TVM

Ph.D. Programme

IISER Thiruvananthapuram has a vibrant PhD Programme in the areas of Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Interdisciplinary areas. The Institute admitted it’s first batch of doctoral students in August, 2009 and currently has over 150 PhD researchers on its rolls. The Institute hosts modern research facilities that are necessary to conduct scientific research in the 21st Century.

At IISER-TVM, PhD Scholars are admitted in 2 sessions each academic year as per the tentative schedule given below.

Session 1 (Varsha Semester) 2 (Vasant Semester)
Session Starts in August January
Advertisement inviting applications appear during February-March September-October
Dates for Entrance Test/Interview May (1st Week) December(1st Week)

Admission to the PhD Programme

Candidates aspiring to enroll for the PhD Programme at IISER-TVM must satisfy the minimum eligibility criteria for applying, as given below:

  1. Qualify in at least one of the National Level Eligibility Tests or Fellowships (see School specific details below),

    and

  2. Obtain a minimum of 60% marks (or equivalent) in the Qualifying Degree (Master's Degree or equivalent)

Each School may then use additional criteria to shortlist candidates and invite them to appear for interview and/or written test at IISER-TVM. Merely satisfying the minimum eligibility criteria does not automatically entitle a candidate to be called for interview.

National Level Eligibility Tests or Fellowships Acceptable for PhD Admission

School of Biology

CSIR-UGC-JRF DBT-JRF(Category 1) INSPIRE Ph.D. JGEEBILLS
ICMR JRF GATE(Ecology)

School of Chemistry

CSIR-UGC-JRF GATE INSPIRE Ph.D.

School of Mathematics

CSIR-UGC-JRF GATE INSPIRE Ph.D. NBHM-JRF

School of Physics

CSIR-UGC-JRF GATE INSPIRE Ph.D. JEST

Note: Candidates are advised to refer to the relevant PhD Admissions Advertisements? for further details.

Duration

Including the course work, the duration of the Ph. D. Programme is approximately 10 semesters.

Fellowship

The monthly fellowship awarded to the PhD scholars is at par with the CSIR-UGC Junior Research Fellowship.

Fees

For the current fee structure, see the following URL

Doctoral Committee

Upon joining the Ph.D. Programme, each student is assigned a research supervisor(s). A duly constituted doctoral committee (consisting of the research supervisor(s) and two other members of the IISER faculty) monitors the progress of the course/research work of the scholar and will approve the synopsis of the PhD thesis before submission.

Course work and Comprehensive Examination

Students must credit a minimum of four courses, at 300 level or higher, within the first two years of enrolling for the PhD programme. On successful completion of the course work, the CGPA of the credited courses must be 7.0 or higher.

Further, the scholar must take a comprehensive examination in the area of proposed research work.

Teaching Assistantship

A key feature of the Ph.D. Programme at IISER-TVM is that students take part in teaching assistant duties as assigned by the respective schools.

Seminars

All Ph.D. students must give at least two seminars on their topic of research.

Guide book

The PhD Guide Book for the academic year 2016 – 17 can be downloaded here.

Contact

Dean (Academics), IISER-TVM, CET Campus, TVM 695016,
Tel: 0471-2579-433
Email: phdprogramme@iisertvm.ac.in