How to apply for the Centre for Brain Research (CBR) PhD Programme admissions 2021

Are you looking for a full-time PhD Program in basic and clinical neuroscience? Centre for Brain Research (CBR) has invited applications from eligible candidates for admission for the PhD programme. In this article, you will find the details of programmes, fellowship, eligibility, application procedure, selection procedure and application schedule, etc.

About CBR

Centre for Brain Research (CBR), Bangalore is a leading institute that works in the field of basic and clinical neuroscience to understand disorders of the aging brain. The institute offers PhD programmes recognized by Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Karnataka and accepts direct admission. Students receive a PhD degree from MAHE. CBR also offers PhD programme for IISc, where a faculty member of CBR co-supervises the student. Currently, the Centre for Brain Research (CBR) has released an official notification and invited applications from highly motivated candidates for admission to the full-time PhD Program by Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Karnataka.

Programme details

The PhD programme will include extensive coursework of a six-month duration and lab rotation under different research faculty. Under this coursework, the research scholar will learn the basics of clinical neuroscience, advanced neuroscience, advanced genetics, genomics, computational biology, stem cell biology, biostatistics, neuroimaging and neurocognitive areas which will help to understand disorders of the ageing brain at various levels from molecules to behaviour using multiple model systems.

Duration of the program

The duration of the program will be a minimum of three years from the time of registration until the submission of the thesis. In case, if Doctoral Advisory Committee recommends the early submission of the thesis, the candidate can submit before the minimum period. However, the maximum duration for thesis submission shall not exceed 6 years from the date of registration in any circumstance.

PhD programme fees

Students who joins PhD programme at Centre for Brain Research-MAHE will have to pay the tuition fees as mentioned below:
  • Tuition Fee (Annual): Rs.15,000/-
  • Statutory Deposit: Rs.7,500/-
  • Other Academic Fees: Rs.3,700/-
The candidate must note that fees payable to MAHE must be paid directly to MAHE.

Fellowship details

The students selected for PhD programme of CBR-IISc will be paid an all-inclusive fellowship as per the norms of CBR. The fellowship will be awarded for five years from the joining of PhD programme or until the award of degree, whichever is earlier. In the first year of PhD programmes, candidates will receive Rs.31,000/-pm and in the next three years, they will receive Rs.35,000/-pm. The candidates who have qualified for a national level test such as UGC/CSIR/ICMR/DBT or equivalent and have been awarded a fellowship from these funding agencies can avail themselves of their fellowship.

Eligibility criteria

  1. To be eligible for admission in the PhD programme at the CBR, the candidates must possess MSc in any branch of Science or four-year bachelor's degree such as MBBS or BE or B.Tech or B.Pharm or BVSc from a recognized University/ Institute.
  2. The candidates, who have appeared in their final year/semester exam and whose results are not declared yet, are also eligible to apply. Final year students can also apply, provided they complete the program before July 31, 2021.
  3. The candidates who have qualified for any national-level fellowship tests, such as, CSIR-UGC-NET-JRF or UGC-NET-JRF or ICMR-JRF or DBT-JRF (BET) or JEST or INSPIRE fellowship will be given preference.
  4. Candidates having a keen interest to work in the field of neurobiology of disease, human genetics, bioinformatics, neuroimaging will be encouraged.

How to apply

The candidates wishing to join the PhD programme of CBR can apply through IISc (CBR-IISc PhD) or CBR-MAHE. First, the candidate must visit the official website of CBR and check all the programme details and eligibility criteria carefully before applying. The application form must be filled carefully and submitted along with the required documents.

Documents required

  • Class 10 & Class 12 Marksheets (Format: PDF, File Size: Under 2 MB)
  • UG/PG Consolidated Marksheet for each degree (Format: PDF, File Size: Under 2 MB)
  • Certificates of National Level Fellowship Test, If any. (Format: PDF, File Size: Under 2 MB)
  • A recent passport-sized colour photograph (Format: JPEG/JPG, File Size: Under 100 KB, Dimension: 200 x 230 pixels)
  • Scanned Image of Signature. A black ballpoint pen must be used on white paper for signature. (Format: JPEG/JPG, File Size: Under 100 KB, Dimension: 140 x 60 pixels)

Selection procedure

The Online applications will be screened based on their educational qualification, performance in the national level test, skills acquired or any other relevant experience. The shortlisted candidates will be called for an online interview. Candidates will be selected for the PhD program based on their academic record and performance in the interview process. A list of selected students will be published on the website of CBR and also informed students on their email IDs and their addresses. Please note that CBR will not provide any accommodation and/or transportation costs to the students for attending the interviews. For further detailed information on the area of research, admission process and other information, please refer to the website.

Key dates

Commencement of Online Application: May 31, 2021
Closing Date of Online Application: June 14, 2021
Announcement of Shortlisted Candidates: June 28, 2021
Online Interviews Schedule: July 05, 2021-July 08, 2021
Beginning of PhD session: Aug 01, 2021

Contact details

CBR Office
Centre for Brain Research
Indian Institute of Science Campus
CV Raman Avenue
Bangalore 560012. India.
Telephone: +91 80 2293 3588
Fax: +91 80 2360 3323
Online Application Portal:
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Author: Umesh16 Jun 2021 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 3

Degradation of cognitive functions of brain with age is a challenging subject for the scientists and there is a lot of scope in this area. The results of these research have direct takeaway for many old age disorders like Parkinson, Schizophrenia etc, are posing a great challenge to the medical community.
Though the area of neuroscience is a difficult area but those who have an interest in neurobiology and associated disciplines can seek this doctoral program. After doing this course and research satisfactorily, there are avenues for higher research and laboratory work which is generally sponsored by big pharmacy companies and from that perspective it seems to be a career oriented proposition.

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