IISER Thiruvananthapuram has a vibrant Ph D Programme in the areas of Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Interdisciplinary areas
IISER-TVM admitted the first batch of doctoral students in August, 2009. From then onwards, Ph.D. Students were admitted twice each academic year at the beginning of Varsha and Vasanth semesters. All the students admitted have cleared one of the following national examinations: CSIR-UGC NET, DBT-JRF, GATE, JEST, ICMR-JRF, NBHM. Starting from 11 students, IISER-TVM now has 64 students, out of which more than one-third are women. Currently, 35 of these students avail fellowships from UGC/CSIR and other students receive fellowship from IISER-TVM.
Including the course work, the duration of the Ph. D. Programme is approximately 10 semesters.
Rs. 16,000/- pm for the first two years and Rs.18,000/- pm from third year onwards (subject to clearing comprehensive examination).
For the current fee structure, see the following URL.
Immediately after joining the Ph.D. Programme, each student is assigned a supervisor and doctoral committee (consisting of the supervisor and two other members of the IISER faculty) is appointed. The doctoral committee monitors the semester-wise assessment of the progress of the research work of the scholar and will approve the synopsis of the PhD thesis before submission.
Course work and Comprehensive Examination
Within the first two years of enrolling, as prescribed by the doctoral committee, students must credit a minimum of four (300 level or higher) courses. The CGPA of the completed courses must not be below 7. On successful completion of the course work, the scholar must take a comprehensive examination in the area of proposed research work.
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 school.
All Ph.D. students must give atleast two seminars related to the work carried out in the 3rd and 4th year.
For more information about the curriculum and regulations, dowload the PDF file containing the Ph.D. Programme guide book for the academic year 2012.
Dean (Academics), IISER-TVM, CET Campus, TVM 695016, Tel: 0471-2579-433