Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology Thiruvananthapuram PhD online admissions 2021

Are you keen to pursue a PhD program in Aeronautics Engineering, Avionics or its allied fields? Want to take up research work in Humanities or Sciences at IIST? This article provides complete information on the PhD programs offered by the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST). Details of the research areas, course fee structure, and the application procedure have been provided. Scientists and engineers of DoS/ISRO can also apply for part-time PhD programs at IIST.

Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), Thiruvananthapuram has released the notification for admissions to PhD programs commencing from January 2021. Sponsored candidates who are scientists and engineers of the Department of Space (DOS)/ Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) can also apply. Note that there is no self-financing category in the application process.

About IIST

A Deemed to be University recognized by UGC, the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) is an autonomous body under the aegis of the Department of Space, Govt. of India. It has acquired a formidable global reputation in UG, PG, Doctoral, and Post-Doctoral programs centered on space sciences and technology and allied fields. Initially established at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, it now has its own independent campus at Valiamala, located not too far from Thiruvananthapuram. It also has an extended campus in Ponmudi hills. A unique feature of IIST is to welcome scientists and engineers of DOS / ISRO who are keen on pursuing a space-related program at its campus. There are seven Departments altogether - Aerospace Engineering, Avionics, Chemistry, Earth and Space Sciences, Humanities, Mathematics and Physics.

IIST PhD 2021 Admissions Banner
[Image source: print advt. in Hindustan Times, Mumbai, 9th December 2020]

Course Fees

Refer to the table below to know the breakup of the semester fee-

IIST PhD Programs Fee Structure Table
[Image source: Official website of IIST]

If you are pursuing a part-time PhD, the fees for the first semester or the residency period will be the same as for a full-time student, which is Rs 12,150/- per semester. For the remaining period, the fees will be Rs.3500/- (Tuition fees of Rs.1,500/- + Establishment Charges of Rs.2000/-) per semester.

Eligibility requirements

You must be an Indian citizen to be eligible to apply for IIST PhD programs and below 35 years of age, as of 29th December 2020 (the age criteria may be relaxed as per Govt. norms). Admission to part-time PhD programs is open to Scientists/Engineers and Faculty Members working in any of the Centres/Units of ISRO/DoS, including employees of IIST.

The academic qualifications' eligibility and other skill requirements, if applicable, as per the Department under which you will pursue the PhD program and the research areas, are as follows-

Department of Aerospace Engineering

Research area: Aerodynamics, Gas Dynamics, Aeroacoustics, Flow Instability.
Eligibility: You should have an M.E. or M.Tech. or M.S. in the fields of any of these – Aerospace, Aeronautical, Mechanical, Applied Mechanics, Chemical or any other specialization that is related to fluid and thermal or an equivalent field.

Department of Avionics

Research area: Reinforcement Learning and Control.
Eligibility: You should have an M.E. or M.Tech. or M.S. or equivalent in the fields of any of these – Electronics, Electronics and Communication, Electrical, Electrical and Electronics, Communication, Communication Networks, Telecommunication, Signal Processing, Machine learning, Computer Science, Control Systems, System-Science, Data-analytics or an equivalent field.
Skills: It is also desirable to have good programming skills in C/C++/Python/Matlab and/or good mathematical and analytical skills and/or prior research/industry experience.

Research area: Power Electronics and Drives.
Eligibility: You should have an M.E. or M.Tech. or M.Sc. (Engg.) or equivalent in any of these - Electrical Engineering, Power Electronics, Power Electronics and Drives, Industrial Electronics, Power Systems or an equivalent field.

Department of Earth and Space Sciences

Research area: Atmospheric Science.
Eligibility: You should have an M.Sc./M.Tech. (Meteorology) or M.Sc./M.Tech. (Atmospheric Science) or M.Sc./M.Tech. (Oceanography) or M.Sc. (Physics) or M.Tech. (Earth System Science) or any equivalent subject.

Research area: Multi-source Remote Sensing Data for Species Discrimination.
Eligibility: You should have a Master's Degree in any of these - Remote Sensing, RS & GIS, Geoinformatics, Computer Science, Image Processing, Applied Geography or equivalent field of study with a Master's Degree project that has been carried out in remote sensing and GIS.

Academic eligibility and research areas under fellowship Schemes

In case you have received a Fellowship from a Government agency, such as DST, CSIR, NBHM, UGC or under a scheme of a State Government Science and Technology, etc. you can apply for PhD admission in various departments in IIST in these research areas-

Department of Aerospace Engineering

Research area: Biological Heat Transfer.
Eligibility: You should have an M.Sc. or M.Tech. or M.S. in any of these-Computational Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Life Sciences, Biological Sciences, Bioinformatics, Thermal Sciences, Applied Mechanics or a related area.

Department of Avionics

Research area: Small-Spacecraft Mission Design.
Eligibility: You should have a B.E./B.Tech. in Avionics or Electronics and Communication or Aerospace Engineering or Computer Science & Engineering and also an M.E./M.Tech./M.S. in any of these - Control Systems, Computer Science and Engineering, and related areas. Those have a B.Sc. or M.Sc. in Physics or a Dual degree Physics (in related areas) can also apply.

Department of Chemistry

Research area: Nanomaterials for EMI shielding and Energy Storage Applications.
Eligibility: You should have an M.Sc. in Chemistry or BS-MS in Chemistry or equivalent, or an M.Sc. in Polymer Science or Biopolymers or equivalent.

Research area: Inorganic Materials for High-Temperature Applications.
Eligibility: You should have an M.Sc. or BS-MS in Chemistry or equivalent.

Research area: Chemical Screening Platform Using Drosophila for Drug Discovery.
Eligibility: You should have a BS-MS/M.Sc. in Chemical/ Biological/Pharmaceutical Sciences or Masters in Biochemistry/Biotechnology or equivalent.

Department of Earth and Space Sciences

Research area: Imaging spectroscopy/big data analytics for precision environmental monitoring applications.
Eligibility: You should have a Master's Degree in any of these - Environmental Sciences, Agriculture, Soil science, Water resources, Oceanography, Meteorology, Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, Hydrology, Climate change studies or an equivalent field.

Department of Humanities

Research area: Cultural Studies, Digital Humanities, Gender Studies.
Eligibility: You should have an M.A. in English Language and Literature or equivalent.

Research area: Economics (Technology Diffusion & Development, Development Economics).
Eligibility: You should have an M.A. or M.Sc. in any of these - Economics, Analytical Economics, Developmental Economics, Quantitative Economics, Agriculture Economics, Business Economics, Financial Economics, Behavioural Economics have a Postgraduate Degree in any area that is related to Economics.

Department of Physics

Research area: Theoretical Physics, Nonlinear Dynamics.
Eligibility: You should have an M.Sc./Int. M.Sc./BS-MS in Physics/Applied Physics, or any equivalent.

Research area: Atomic Layer Deposition.
Eligibility: You should have an M.Sc. in any of these – Physics, Material Science, Nanoscience, Nanotechnology, Electronics; or an M.Tech. in Solid State Technology or Nanotechnology or Electronics or Material Science or Photonics or Material Engineering or Instrumentation; or an M.S. in Solid State Physics or Material Science or Nanoscience or Nanotechnology or Photonics.

Research area: Experimental Condensed Matter Physics.
Eligibility: You should have an M.Sc. in Physics, BS-MS in Physics or B.Tech. in Engineering Physics with M.Sc./M.Tech. in related areas of condensed matter/Solid State Physics.

Research area: Atomic and Molecular Physics, Molecular Physics of Interplanetary Ionosphere.
Eligibility: You should have an M.Sc. in Physics or M.Sc. in Electronics or Int. M.Sc. in Physics or BS-MS in Physics or BS-MS in Applied Physics; or a B. Tech. Engineering Physics and Master's Degree in Solid State Physics or Optical Engineering.

Note: Candidates applying for the above will be selected based on an interview only and those holding an external Fellowship can also apply for research areas listed in the earlier section, on condition that they fulfill the requisite eligibility requirements. However, part-time Ph.D. scholars are ineligible for any Research Fellowship in addition to their applicable emoluments as ISRO/DoS employees. For details of the stipend, refer to the official notification.

How to apply for IIST PhD programs

You must submit your application in online mode only at the IIST PhD admissions official website. After registration, an application fee has to be paid online.

Application fee: Rs.700/- per Department for General/EWS/OBC candidates and Rs.350/- per Department for SC/ST/PD and Women applicants. You are permitted to apply for more than one research area within the same Department with no additional application fee, but if you wish to apply to multiple departments, then you will have to pay the appropriate total application fee for all.

If you are already employed in Government/Semi-Government/PSUs/Autonomous Bodies, then you must produce a NOC (No Objection Certificate) from the current employer at the time of the interview. Such candidates, namely, those applying through DoS/ISRO Units/Centres may submit the filled-in online application form through the proper channel, to be sent to the Deputy Registrar(Academics), Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Valiamala PO, Thiruvananthapuram- 695 547 along with the self-attested copies of certificates/testimonials.

Important dates

Online registration for admission to IIST's PhD programs is from 9th December 2020 to 29th December 2020, up to 11.59 p.m. In the case of sponsored candidates (externally-funded), the closing date is 6th January 2021, up to 11.50 p.m.

The list of candidates shortlisted for the online entrance test will be displayed on the official website on 6th January 2021, at 5 p.m.

The online screening test is scheduled for 10th January 2021 and the result will be declared on 13th January 2021, 5 p.m. onward.

Successful candidates then have to attend an interview scheduled over two days, on 18th and 19th January 2021. Candidates who are selected for the PhD programs will begin academic classes from 25th January 2021.

Contact information

Dean (Academics),
Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology,
Valiamala P.O.,
Thiruvananthapuram – 695 547,
Ph: 0471 - 2568477 / 2568478. Fax: +91-471-2568556.

Relevant links-
Notification for regular candidates:
Notification for DoS/ISRO employees:

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