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Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology envisions the integration of Space Technology and Space Science educational programs with basic and applied research for meeting the national R&D requirements of science and technology in general and of the Indian Space Programme in particular. The institute provides a vibrant research atmosphere and offers doctoral and postdoctoral programmes.

Applications are invited from ISRO / DoS employees for admission to the part-time Ph.D. Programme starting in January 2020, in the areas of Aerospace Engineering, Avionics, Earth and Space Sciences, Chemistry, Humanities, Mathematics and Physics. Interested candidates are encouraged to go through the department and faculty profiles for details of research areas pursued at IIST.


Part-time Ph.D. Scholars are not eligible for any Research Fellowship in addition to their applicable emoluments as ISRO/DoS employees

Selection Procedure
  • The IIST Part-time Ph.D. Program is open to Scientists/Engineers, Faculty Members working in any of the Centres/Units of ISRO/DoS including employees of IIST.
  • Prospective candidates will fill online application, duly forwarded to IIST by their respective Unit/Centres, giving details of their previous academic record, reserach experience, and publications, if any, along with a breif summery of the proposed research work.
  • After a preliminary scrutiny, the application shall be reviewed by the IIST Research Committee to evaluate the overall relevance of the proposed research topic and the ability of the Applicant to pursue the programme.
  • All DoS/ISRO Sponsored candidates shall undertake a screening written test in order to qualify for PhD admission interview. The Written Screening test has one part Part A (40 marks), comprises questions based on GATE aptitude and mathematics. The candidates will be shortlisted if they secure a minimum of 30% marks in written screening test. All DoS/ISRO sponsored PhD candidates will in addition to give a presentation and face an interview for remaining 60 marks. A candidate should secure 60% marks in total to be eligible for admission.
  • The selection of the applicant for the Part-time Ph.D. Program of the IIST is based on the recommendation of the Research Committee and the approval of the Director, IIST.
  • Applicants whose selection is approved by the Director, IIST will be admitted to the Ph.D. Programme by duly undergoing the process of Admission and Registration in the respective Academic Departments on the dates specified in the communication to the selected candidates.
        • Applications shall be submitted online at the IIST website: and duly forwarded to IIST by their respective Unit/Centres
        • The applicants will not be allowed to make any changes in the profile registration once submitted. Hence utmost care should be taken by the applicant while filling the profile.

Note:The applicants who are shortlisted for Ph.D. are required to appear for a interview .List of shortlisted candidates will be intimated to the concerned authorities of DOS/ISRO Units/Centres. Application forms received after the last date will not be considered under any circumstances.

The filled in online application form through proper channel may be sent to Deputy Registrar(Academics), Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Valiamala PO, Thiruvananthapuram- 695 547 along with the self attested copies of certificates/testimonials on or before November 19, 2019

Sl. NoEventDate
1Opening of IIST website for online submission of applicationsOctober 29, 2019 - 1600 hrs
2Closing date for online submission of applicationsNovember 11, 2019 - 2345 hrs
3Last Date of Receipt of approved hard copy of applicationNovember 19, 2019
4Display of shortlisted candiadtes for Test/InterviewNovember 22, 2019 - 1700 hrs
5Date of Written screening testDecember 01, 2019 at 0930 hrs
6Publishing of Written Sreening Test ResultDecember 06, 2019 - 1700 hrs
7Interview DateDecember 16 & 17, 2019
8Display of Provisionally selected candidatesDecember 23, 2019 -1700 hrs
9Last Date of Payment of feeDecember 31, 2019
10Reporting Date at the InstitutionJanuary 01, 2020
11Classes beginsJanuary 02, 2020
Age Limit

Applicant should be below 48 years as on November 11, 2019.

Educational Qualification & Eligibility

M.Tech/M.Sc/Master of Science/Master of Humanities or equivalent degree with a minimum of 60% marks or CGPA 6.5 out of 10.
Nationality: Applicant should be an Indian citizen.