Ph.D. Programme

The school has a vibrant PhD Programme in the area of Chemical Sciences and Interdisciplinary areas. The school admitted it’s first batch of doctoral students in August, 2009 and currently has over 70 PhD researchers on its rolls. The school 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:

  • Qualify in at least one of the National Level Eligibility Tests or Fellowships see details below),
  • and

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

EMerely 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 Chemistry


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


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


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


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.


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.


Dean (Academics) IISER-TVM CET Campus TVM 695016 Tel: 0471-2579-433

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  • Student Achievement

    • sabnam

      Ms. Sabnam Kar

      (Ph.D. Student)

      - Elected as Research Student (2 times) under DST-JSPS bilateral project at Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), Japan

    • adithya

      Ms. Reshmi Thomas

      (Ph.D. Student)

      - Receiving the Malhotra Weikfiled Foundation NanoScience Fellowship Award for advanced studies in nanoscience technology, Bangalore, India, 2012.

      - Participated in the 63 rd Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates Chemistry) held at Lindau, Germany,2013

    • Kalaivanan

      Mr. Kalaivanan Nagarajan

      (Ph.D. Student)

      The Best Poster Award at Gordon Research Conference on “Electronic Processes in Organic Materials” held at Lucca (Barga), Italy, 2016.

    • adithya

      Dr. Zalake Mohan Pratap

      (Ph.D. Completed)

      - The best oral presentation award at the Material Research Society of India, Trivandrum Chapter Annual Technical Meeting held at IIST, Trivandrum, 2016.

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