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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 2019, 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 (30 marks) with aptitude and mathematics syllabus similar to the syllabus for January 2019 PhD written screening test (based on GATE aptitude and Mathematics). All DoS/ISRO sponsored PhD candidates will in addition to give a presentation and face an interview for remaining 70 marks.
  • 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 December 04, 2018

Sl. NoEventDate
1Opening of IIST website for online submission of applicationsNovember 09, 2018
2Closing date for online submission of applicationsNovember 26, 2018
3Last Date of Receipt of approved hard copy of applicationDecember 04, 2018
4Display of shortlisted candiadtes for Test/InterviewDecember 07, 2018
5Date of Written screening test and InterviewDecember 17, 2018
6Display of provisionally selected candidatesDecember 21, 2018
7Last date of remitting feeDecember 27, 2018
8Reporting date at the InstitutionJanuary 01, 2019
9Classes begins for PhDJanuary 02, 2019
Age Limit

Applicant should be below 48 years as on December 26, 2018.

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.