PhD for International Students

Application Portal

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata, one of the leading Indian research institutes, is now admitting international students for Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in the fields of Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Earth Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics, and Physical Sciences. The PhD programme is an introduction to cutting edge research in both theoretical as well as experimental sciences.

How to Apply

International students can apply via two streams:

  1. One may directly apply to IISER Kolkata through e-mail to the address "".
  2. One may also apply through the 'Study in India' Programme launched by the Ministry of Human Resource Development


Only foreign nationals can apply. At the time of admission, the applicants must have a Master's degree in science with a minimum of 55% marks or equivalent.

Application Process:

The application should include details of nationality, department to which applying, subject of research interest, Curriculum Vitae, and the names and e-mail addresses of two referees (teachers or thesis supervisors at the master's level who can give letters of recommendation).
Applications should be emailed to
Scans of the first and last pages of passport, academic tract record, and transcripts have to be submitted as attachments.

Last date for Application is 06 May 2019.


There will be a shortlisting based on academic credentials. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed online.


Ten PhD Fellowships are available to international students.
Eligible students will receive a fellowship of:-
i) JRF (first two years as per norms) : Rs. 31,000/-
ii)SRF (next three three years as per norms) : Rs. 35,000/-

MHRD Scholarships

Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD), Government of India, provides scholarships for students from various countries. Please refer to the following link for more information.

ICCR Scholarship

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) on behalf Government of India offers scholarships and fellowships to international students wishing to study in India in various programs and disciplines. For more information refer to the link: Click Here

General Instructions:

  1. Please have your picture (soft copy, preferably in JPG or PNG format) ready.
  2. Scanned copy of First and Last page of the Passport.
  3. Scanned copy of Curriculum Vitae.
  4. Scanned copy of Academic Document, Transcript
  5. E-mail addresses of two referees (teachers or thesis supervisors at the master's level who can give letters of recommendation)
  6. You must complete your application. Incomplete application will be rejected.

Applications should be e-mailed to