Department of Space, Government of India

IISTIndian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST)

Deemed to be University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956


Applications are invited from highly motivated candidates for admission to the Ph.D. Programme starting in July 2011, under two distinct schemes, namely IIST-ISRO Fellowship [Fellowship of Rs.35,000 per month] and IIST Fellowship [Fellowship of Rs.16,000/Rs.18,000 per month], in the areas of Aerospace Engineering, Avionics, Chemistry, Earth & Space Sciences, Humanities, Mathematics and Physics.
Minimum Qualifications:Masters Degree in the relevant area with first class or equivalent. However, outstanding candidates with Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering with an excellent academic record and aptitude for research may be considered for direct admission to the Ph.D. Programme. Candidates with Master’s Degree in basic science subjects and Humanities must be NET qualified (JRF) to be considered for the Ph.D. programme.
Age Limit: Applicant should be below 28 years as on 6th June 2011. Age relaxation is applicable as per Government Rules.
Nationality: Applicant should be an Indian citizen.

IIST-ISRO Fellowship
1.1 Areas of current research

Department Code
Research Area Eligibility*
1. Space Dynamics, Optimal Lunar / Interplanetary Mission Design
M.Tech in Aerospace Engg./ Mechanical Engg. or related areas
AV/ IIST-ISRO 2. Digital Image Processing Techniques M.E./M.Tech in Digital Signal Processing / Image Processing / Computer Science / Computer Vision with B.Tech in Electronics and Communication or Computer Science.
*blue-colored text inserted as addendum, on 11-May-2011.
ES/ IIST-ISRO 3. Radiative Processes of Compact Objects M.Sc. in Physics
4. Cloud Microphysics M.Sc./M.Tech in Metereology /Atmospheric Sciences/Oceanography/M.Sc. Physics
MA/ IIST-ISRO 5. Stochastic Modelling / Queueing Theory M.Sc. Mathematics / Statistics / Operations Research

*Outstanding candidates with Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering with an excellent academic record and aptitude for research can also apply.
1.2 Research Fellowship and Placement/Bond:

  1. IIST-Ph.D. Research Fellowship will be Rs.35,000/- pm (all inclusive).
  2. Ph.D. Scholars will be required to assist the Department in tutorials and related academic activity normally limited to 8 hours per week.
  3. The scholars will have to pay tuition / registration fee and fee for the boarding / lodging/medical facilities etc., as per IIST rules.
  4. The candidates will be required to execute a bond to serve ISRO / IIST for a minimum period of three years on successful completion of Ph.D. in a position appropriate for Doctoral Degree holders.

2. IIST Fellowship
2.1 Areas of Current Research:

Department Code
Research Area Eligibility*
AE /IIST 6. Failure Analysis of Nanocomposites M.Tech in Aerospace
Engg. /Mechanical Engg.
or related areas
AV/IIST 7. Machine Learning and Algorithms to solve  Markov   Decision Processes M.Tech in Computer
Science with B.Tech in Electronics and Comm-
8. Space Vector Modulation Algorithms M.Tech in Power Electro-
nics with B.Tech in Electr-
ical / Electronics and Communication
CH /IIST 9. Polymer Nanocomposites M.Sc / M.Tech in Chem-
istry/Polymer Technology or related areas
10. Inorganic Functional Materials
11. Organic Solar Cells
ES /IIST 12. Clustering around Young Massive Stellar Objects M.Sc. in Physics
13. Warm – Hot Intergalactic Gas in the Low Red-shift Universe
14. Polarimetric INSAR for Forest Studies

M.Sc / M.Tech in Remote
Sensing / M.Tech Comp-
uter Sc / M.Sc Mathe-

15. Atmospheric Boundary Layer

M.Sc / M.Tech in Meter-
eology / Atmospheric
Sciences / Oceano-
graphy/ M.Sc. Physics
16. Petrology

M.Sc / M.Tech in Geology
HS/IIST 17. Gender Studies in Science and Technology M.A / M.Phil in English
18. The Impact of IT on Work and Society M.A / M.Phil in Sociology
19. Electronics Parts Management in Space Industry

M.E./M.Tech in
Production Engineering
or MBA with OR
MA /IIST 20. Information Geometry and its Applications

M.Sc Mathematics /
Statistics / Operations
PH /IIST 21. Nonlinear and Quantum Dynamics M.Sc. in Physics /
Applied Physics /
M.Tech Applied Optics
22. Digital Holography
23. Quantum Logic clock

*Outstanding candidates with Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering with an excellent academic record and aptitude for research can also apply.
2.2 Research Fellowship:

  1. The Scholars selected for IIST Ph.D. programme will be given a fellowship of Rs.16,000/     Rs.18,000 for the first two years based on the qualifications.
  2. After two years of research experience, their performance will be evaluated by a review committee constituted by Director, IIST. Based on the review, the fellowship amount may be enhanced to Rs.18,000/Rs.20,000 respectively.
  3. The scholars will be required to assist the Departments in academic activities as and when required.
  4. The scholars will have to pay tuition / registration fee and fee for the boarding / lodging/medical facilities etc., as per IIST rules.

Selection Procedure

  1. Applications in the prescribed format will be received until 6th June 2011.
  2. Candidates will be short-listed based on Academic records and other relevant criteria like research experience, National Eligibility Tests, etc.
  3. Selection will be based on a written test followed by an interview.
  4. List of shortlisted candidates for written test and the dates of written test / interview will be displayed in IIST website by   3rd week of June 2011.
  5. All short-listed candidates will be required to appear for a written test in their relevant areas.
  6. Written test of two hours duration will be conducted at IIST, Trivandrum during 1st week of July 2011.
  7. The written test will aim to evaluate the basic understanding of the relevant subject area. The test may contain both descriptive and objective questions.
  8. Candidates qualified in the written test will be required to appear for an interview the following day.
  9. Selected candidates will be intimated within a week of the final interview. Results will also be displayed in our website.
  10. Outstation candidates will be paid to and fro sleeper class train fare by shortest route, or actual fare (whichever is lower) for attending the test / interview.

How to Apply

  1. Application form can be downloaded from IIST website
  2. Duly filled application form along with attested copies of documents mentioned in the application form should be sent to The Administrative Officer, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), Valiamala P.O., Thiruvananthapuram – 695547, Kerala, in a sealed envelope with the superscription “Application for IIST Ph.D. Programme – July 2011”.
  3. Application form should be accompanied by a fee of Rs. 250/- (Rupees Two Hundred and Fifty only) (Rs. 125/- for SC/ST candidates) in the form of Demand Draft drawn in favour of The Registrar, IIST payable at Thiruvananthapuram.
  4. Last date for receipt of the filled-in application form: Monday, 6th June 2011.

Click here to download Programme Details and Areas of Research (pdf)
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Last Date for Receipt of Applications :
6 June 2011

Any enquiry should be addressed to the Secretary, Research Council, IIST at enquiry-phd(at), till 30thMay, 2011. Emails not containing full-name, postal-address, contact-telephone-numbers and department-code/research-area of the prospective candidate, or other forms of enquiries, will not be responded to.

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