IISER Thiruvananthapuram has a vibrant Ph.D. 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, Ph.D. Scholars are admitted in 2 sessions each academic year as per the tentative schedule given below.
|1 (Varsha Semester)
|2 (Vasanth Semester)
|Session Starts in
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|Dates for Entrance Test/Interview
|May (1st Week)
Candidates aspiring to enroll for the Ph.D. Programme at IISER TVM must satisfy the minimum eligibility criteria for applying, as given below:
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.
Note: Candidates are advised to refer to the relevant Ph.D. 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
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.
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.
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.
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