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M.Sc & Ph.D Fellowships @ Tata Institute of Fundamental Research [Entrance Exam on Dec 9]: Apply by Nov 12: Expired

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The Tata Institute of Fundamental Research is India’s premier institution for advanced research in fundamental sciences. The Institute runs a graduate programme leading to the award of Ph.D., Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D. as well as M.Sc. degree in certain subjects. With its distinguished faculty, world class facilities and stimulating research environment, it is an ideal place for aspiring scientists to initiate their career.

The Graduate Programme at TIFR is classified into the following Subjects – Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer & Systems Sciences (including Communications and Applied Probability) and Science Education. It is conducted at the Mumbai campus and various National Centres of TIFR.



For Ph.D. : M.A./M.Sc./M.Tech.
For I-Ph.D. :
 B.A./B.Sc./B.E./B.Tech. (Students already having/completing an M.Sc. degree by July 2019 are not eligible for I-Ph.D.).

For Ph.D.: M.Sc./M.S. in Physicsor equivalent, on completion of programmes(s) of duration not less than 5 years in total.
For I-Ph.D.
: M.E./M.Tech./B.Sc./B.S./B.E./ B.Tech./B.Chem. in Physics, Engineering Physics, or equivalent degree, on completion of programme(s) of duration not less than 3 years in total.
In addition,
I-Ph.D. candidates with not less than four or more years of university education who clear the written test may be considered by TCIS for their Ph.D. program.


For Ph.D.M.Sc./B.E./B.Tech./M.Pharm. or equivalent degree.
For I-Ph.D.B.Sc./B.Pharm./B.S. degree or equivalent degree.
Candidates with B.E./B.Tech degrees can optionally get an M.Sc. degree by fulfilling necessary requirements.


Candidates will be shortlisted for interview based on written test marks, CV and Scientific Write-up.

For Ph.D.: Masters in Basic Science (M.Sc. Physics/Chemistry/Any branch of Biology) or any professional Master’s Degree (M.Pharma./M.Tech.), or a > 4 year degree program (e.g. MBBS, BDS).

For I-Ph.D./M.Sc.
 Bachelors in any Basic Science (Physics/Chemistry/Any branch of Biology) OR any 4-year degree program that awards a “Bachelor’s degree” including B.Tech., B.E., B.V.Sc., B.Pharma. (4 year course).

Computer & Systems Sciences (including Communications and Applied Probability):

For Ph.D. :
 B.Tech./B.E./M.Tech./M.E./M.C.A./M.Sc. or equivalent degree in Computer Science / Electronics & Communications Engineering / Electrical Engineering or related branches. Exceptionally well qualified students with B.Tech./ B.E./M.Tech./M.E./M.Sc. degrees in other disciplines may also be considered. Exceptionally well qualified students with a three year degree in related subjects may be considered for I-Ph.D.

Candidates in the final year of qualifying degree can also apply.

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For Ph.D. and I-Ph.D. programmes, the academic year starts from August 1, every year.  The academic year for M.Sc. programme begins from July 1, every year.

Ph.D. Students receive a monthly fellowship of Rs 25,000/- (enhanced to Rs 28,000/- after registration).   

I-Ph.D.  Students receive a monthly fellowship of Rs 16,000/- for the first year. At the end of the first year, upon satisfactory performance, the fellowship is enhanced to Rs 25,000/- per month (further raised to Rs 28,000/- after registration for Ph.D.). 

M.Sc. (Biology) Students receive a monthly fellowship of Rs 16000/-.

M.Sc. (Wildlife Biology & Conservation) Students receive a monthly fellowship of Rs 12000/-.

Accommodation is provided to Ph.D. and I-Ph.D. students only, at a nominal cost.  

How to apply

Apply online at this page.

Application Fee (Non-Refundable):

Male Candidates: Rs 900/-
Female Candidates : Rs 300/-   

Application fee can be paid online through internet banking/Debit/Credit Card or by sending Demand Draft.

Details about payment are on this page.

Important Dates

  • Nationwide Entrance Examination: Sunday, December 9, 2018
  • Last date for application: November 12, 2018
  • Online payment link will be active till: November 13, 2018
  • DDs sent by post/courier will be accepted till: November 13, 2018
  • Results of the Nationwide Entrance Examination (shortlist for interviews): January 10, 2019

For Mathematics/Physics/Chemisty/Computer & Systems Sciences:

University Cell,  Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
Homi Bhabha Road, Colaba, Mumbai 400005.
Tel: 022-2278 2629/2114; Email: gsch@tifr.res.in

For Biology:

Admissions Section, National Centre for Biological Sciences
UAS-GKVK Campus, Bellary Road, Bangalore 560065.
Tel: 080-23666404; Email: phd@ncbs.res.in

For Science Education:

Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
V.N. Purav Marg, Mankhurd, Mumbai 400 088.
Tel: 022-25580036/25567711/25554712/25555242

Working hours:  Monday – Friday 09:00 a.m. – 05:30 p.m.
Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays closed

For full details, visit the official website link given here.


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