IISER Berhampur PhD Programmes Admission August-2021

Are you looking for admission to a PhD programme? Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Berhampur has released the official notification for admission to PhD programme for the session August 2021. Eligible candidates can apply for the PhD programme available in different streams. Read this article, to know the details of the PhD programmes of IISER, Berhampur, eligibility criteria, application and selection procedure etc.

About IISER, Behrampur

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Berhampur was founded by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India in 2016. It is one of the leading institutes of India providing education and research in Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, and Physical Sciences. Currently, the institute is accepting applications for admissions to PhD programmes from highly motivated students for the academic session starting from August 2021. Follow this article to know more about the PhD admissions at IISER Behrampur.

Research Areas

Biological Sciences Broad Research Areas 

  • Cellular Metabolism
  • Comparative Genomics
  • Circadian Rhythms
  • Developmental Biology
  • Evolutionary Genomics
  • Fungal Molecular Genetics
  • Human Genetic Disorders
  • Genome Evolution
  • Life-history evolution
  • Molecular Evolution
  • Non-genetic inheritance
  • Plant-Environment Interaction
  • Post-transcriptional Gene Regulation
  • Phylogenetics
  • Sexual selection and sexual conflict
  • Stem Cell Biology
  • Stress Physiology 

Chemical Sciences Broad Research Areas

  • Artificial light harvesting
  • Asymmetric Synthesis
  • Binding and Activation of Small Molecules
  • Biodegradable Polymers
  • Biologically Active Compounds
  • Biological Inorganic Chemistry
  • Bio-sensors
  • Catalysis
  • Computational Chemistry
  • Coordination Chemistry
  • Drug Design and Delivery
  • Drug-Repurposing and Repositioning
  • Enantioselective Catalysis
  • Homogeneous catalysis and organic synthesis
  • Luminescent nanomaterials
  • Main Group
  • Material Chemistry
  • Mechanism Study of Metal-catalyzed reactions
  • Nanomedicine
  • Nano Sensors
  • Organocatalysis
  • Organometallic Chemistry
  • Photocatalytic solar water splitting
  • Photoreduction CO2  for renewable energy research
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Renewable Energy
  • Small Molecule Activation
  • Supramolecular Self-assemblies
  • Synthetic Organic Chemistry
  • Synthesis of Natural Products
  • Total Synthesis of Natural Products
  • Transition Metal Catalysis

Mathematical Sciences Broad Research Areas 

  • Additive Combinatorics
  • Algebraic Geometry
  • Algebraic Number Theory
  • Analytic Number Theory
  • Commutative Algebra
  • Geometric Measure theory
  • Harmonic Analysis
  • Higgs Bundles
  • Information Theory
  • Integral Representations of L-functions
  • Langlands' Program
  • Matrix Analysis & Application
  • Moduli problems of bundles
  • Quantum Information and Computation
  • Quantum probability
  • Representation Theory of p-adic Groups

Physical Sciences Broad Research Areas

  • Astroparticle Physics
  • Beyond Standard Model Physics
  • Dark Matter
  • Devices & Nanostructures
  • Electronic Materials and Devices
  • Experimental Condensed Matter Physics
  • Experimental High Energy Nuclear Physics
  • Nuclear structure studies
  • Phenomenology of High Energy Physics
  • Physics of Semiconductor Materials
  • Quantum control
  • Quantum thermodynamics
  • Quantum phase transitions
  • Topological phases of light and matter
  • X-ray spectroscopy

Note: Any other relevant research area can be selected as per the faculty profiles.

Financial Assistance

The students who will join the PhD programme at IISER Behrampur will receive any of the fellowship:
  1. Institute fellowship of Rs. 31,000/- per month
  2. Fellowship from any other funding agency

Eligibility Criteria

Age Limit: Applicant's age should not exceed more than 28 years at the time of joining. Age relaxation of 3 years will be given for OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) and 5 years for SC/ST/PD/Female applicants.

Reservation: Reservation will also be given to the SC/ST and PD applicants as per the Govt. of India norms. These candidates will have to submit relevant caste certificates.

Minimum Qualification
  1. Admission seekers must have passed MS or MSc or MTech or MPharm or MBBS degree or equivalent degree in any discipline of Science or Medicine or Pharmacy or Engineering or Technology. They have scores of at least 60% marks or CGPA/CPI of 7.0 on a 10 point scale. The CGPA/CPI must be calculated based on the following formula: CGPA/CPI in a 10 point scale = (CGPA/CPI Obtained×10)/PS (Where, PS = Point scale used by the Institute/University).
  2. The candidates must have an excellent academic track record to get admission for a PhD programme in any of the above-mentioned streams.
  3. Besides, the candidate must have qualified a National level examination such as National Eligibility Test (NET)/GATE/UGC-JRF/CSIR-JRF/NBHM/DBT (JRF A category)/ICMR (JRF category I)/NET-LS/INSPIRE-PhD/JGEEBILS/JEST/Rajiv Gandhi Fellowship or any other fellowship exam. The candidates must have a valid score/ fellowship while applying for the programme. Also, the IISER's students with BS-MS Dual Degree and IIT's B.Tech graduates with CPI >=8 are eligible to apply.
  4. The candidates whose results of fellowship exams (CSIR-UGC NET/ICMR-JRF/DBT-JRF/ INSPIRE-PhD/Rajiv Gandhi Fellowship/Any other) are awaited are also eligible to apply. They must mention their roll number in the application. However, they will be eligible to attend the walk-in-interview if they have qualified for the fellowship examination before the interview date. Such candidates will not be called for the interview. Hence, they should write to the head of the department of the respective Department on their respective e-mail IDs (department-wise contact email Ids provided below) with a CC to caa@iiserbpr.ac.in and inform if they will attend the interview.
  5. The candidates who are appearing in the final year examinations of their qualifying degree programme are also eligible to apply for PhD programme. But their admission will be conditional. They will have to submit the proof of the qualifying degree before July 31, 2021.
  6. There will be given a relaxation of 5% marks or an equivalent grade for SC/ST/PD categories candidates.
  7. Mere fulfilling the eligibility criterion does not entitle a candidate to be called for the test and interview.

How to Apply

To apply for the PhD programme, the candidate will have to apply through an online application form available at the official website of IISER Berhampur. The online application can be filled in a two-step process. 

Step-1 is the registration on the online application portal of the Institute for the PhD admission. For registration, the candidate must possess a valid email ID. In this step (Step-1), the candidate will fill-up the details such as name, email, discipline (Biological/Chemical/Physical/ Mathematical) and the captcha in the online registration form. A password also needs to be created at this time. After filling the form, a confirmation email will be received on the email ID of the candidates which needs to be validated. Upon successful validation, registration on the portal will be confirmed. 

Step-2 is to fill up the application form. First, the candidate will have to log on to the online application portal and log in using login credentials. After filling in all the relevant information in the online application form the application must be submitted. 

Selection Procedure

The final selection of the candidate will be done based on the interviews. After processing all the applications, the shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview. To shortlist the candidates for the interview, each respective department will consider additional criteria such as academic performance or the performance in the National Level Tests etc. depending on the number of applications received. Selected candidates will be intimated about interview details by email. The interview schedule can also be checked on the institute's website.

Candidates must check the institute website for regular updates. The institute will provide a travel allowance (TA) for attending the interview to the SC/ST candidates only as per the GoI norms. Travel and stay arrangements for attending the interview are to be made by the General category candidates.

The last date for online application submission: April 24, 2021.

Contact Information

For the convenience of students, department-specific queries can be sent to the head of the respective departments. E-mail IDs of each department are given below. 
  • Biology: hod_bio@iiserbpr.ac.in
  • Chemistry: hod_chm@iiserbpr.ac.in
  • Mathematics: hod_maths@iiserbpr.ac.in
  • Physics: hod_phy@iiserbpr.ac.in

It is also to be noted that candidates must send CC to doaa@iiserbpr.ac.in.In case of application-related queries, candidates may contact erp@iiserbpr.in with a CC to office_aa@iiserbpr.ac.in. The candidate must note that all the communication must be done through e-mail only.

Institute Contact Details

IISER Berhampur
Transit campus (Govt. ITI Building)
Engg. School Junction, Berhampur
Odisha, PIN-760010
Telephone: +91 680 2227 705
Official Website: https://www.iiserbpr.ac.in/


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