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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.

Online Applications are invited from highly motivated applicants for admission to the Ph.D. Programme starting in July 2020, in the areas given below.

  • (i)Aerospace Engineering
  • (ii)Avionics
  • (iii)Chemistry
  • (iv)Earth & Space Sciences
  • (v)Humanities
  • (vi)Mathematics
  • (vii)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, research experience, and publications, if any, along with a brief summary 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 an online screening test in order to qualify for PhD admission interview. The online screening test 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 the online screening test. All DoS/ISRO sponsored PhD candidates will in addition give a presentation and face an interview for the remaining 60 marks. A candidate should secure 60% marks in total to be eligible for admission.
  • Details of online screening test will be updated later. Interview will be through video conference mode (Skype / Zoom)
  • The selection of the applicant for the Part-time Ph.D. Programmme 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 admission are required to appear for an Interview. The list of shortlisted candidates for 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 beforeJune 22, 2020.

Sl. NoEventDate
1Opening of IIST website for online submission of applications May 20, 2020 - 1600 hrs (Wednesday)
2Closing of IIST website for online submission of applications June 15, 2020 – 2359 hrs (Monday)
3Last Date of Receipt of approved hard copy of application June 22, 2020 (Monday)
4Display of shortlisted candidates for Test/Interview June 24, 2020 – 1700 hrs (Wednesday) (Tentative)*
5Date of online screening test Will be announced later
6Publishing of screening test results Will be announced later
7Interview July 06 – 10, 2020 (Tentative)*
8Display of Provisionally selected candidates Will be announced later
9Last Date of remittance of fee Will be announced later
10Reporting date at the Institute Will be announced later
11Classes begins for Ph.D Will be announced later
Age Limit

Applicant should be below 48 years as on June 15, 2020.

Educational Qualification & Eligibility

M.Tech/M.Sc/Master of Science/Master of Humanities or equivalent degree with a minimum of 60% marks or CGPA 6.50 out of 10.
Nationality: Applicant should be an Indian citizen.