ICTS invites applications from highly motivated candidates interested in pursuing doctoral research in the theoretical and mathematical sciences. ICTS has world-class research groups in astrophysical relativity, fluid dynamics and turbulence, mathematics, physical biology, statistical physics and condensed matter physics, string theory and quantum gravity. More details of research at ICTS can be found here.

 

ADMISSIONS

All applicants are required to appear for national/international level entrance tests (TIFR graduate studies admission test, JEST, GATE, UGC/CSIR test for JRF  (Physics)) conducted at different centres nationally/ internationally. These entrance tests will cover basic topics in physics, mathematics or engineering. Top candidates from these tests can apply to appear in the next phase of the selection process. Performance in the national/international level entrance test, along with the additional information requested in the online application form will be used to shortlist candidates for interviews conducted at ICTS.

Students selected for Integrated PhD (BSc/BTech/MTech/BS graduates) need to complete the coursework requirements and register for PhD within 3 years of joining. For regular PhD students (MSc/MS graduates) the coursework requirement and PhD registration should be completed within 2 years from joining. The coursework includes core (both theory and experiment) and elective/reading courses as well as research projects. At the end of the coursework, the student needs to pass a comprehensive exam after which he/she can register for the PhD. Details of graduate coursework can be found here. Successful candidates will receive the degree through the Physics Subject Board of the TIFR Graduate School.

 

Eligibility

For the PhD program

  • MSc/MS in Physics, or equivalent undergraduate/masters program(s) of duration not less than 5 years in total.

For Integrated PhD program

  • ME/MTech/BSc/BS/BE/BTech/BChem or any other degree in Science, Engineering or Medicine. The applicant should have completed an undergraduate/masters program of duration not less than 3 years.

 

Entrance Tests:

The first level of selection to the ICTS graduate program is performed using results from the following national exams:

Candidates with M.Tech. / M.E. / M.S. (Engg.) can submit their earlier scores (valid) of GATE / equivalent. The dates and centers of all the tests are advertised in major national newspapers.

Eligibility Criteria for the Entrance Tests:

JEST: Rank between 1 to 80

GATE: 90 percentile and above

CSIR UGC NET (JRF Qualified): Rank between 1 to 50

Applicants qualified in the written tests should apply online for being considered for further selection.

 

Interviews

Performance in the national/ international exam, along with the additional information requested in the online application form will be used to shortlist candidates for further selection process at ICTS, Bangalore. The final selection is based on the interview conducted at ICTS.

Except for overseas candidates all shortlisted applicants need to appear in person at ICTS, Bangalore for the final selection process. Overseas candidates, once shortlisted for interviews, should contact the ICTS graduate studies regarding the same.

 

Online Application Form

Eligible candidate can apply to ICTS graduate program by completing the ONLINE APPLICATION FORM. You will need to upload the score card from the admissions test (JEST/GATE/UGC-CSIR; this is not required for the TIFR test) electronic copies of your score transcripts, a statement of purpose, and contact details of two referees.

Deadline for application is 20th May 2020 & referee deadline is 27th May 2020.

 

Admission Calendar

TIFR entrance exam – Check TIFR GS Admissions page for details

Interviews for GS shortlisted candidates at ICTS

March

Interview result announcement (already announced on te website)

March

Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST)/ GATE/ CSIR UGC NET

Invitation of online applications

April

Last date for receipt of online applications

May

Interviews

will be notified

Result announcement (First list)

will be notified

Result announcement for waiting list

will be notified

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

All the selected students receive a graduate scholarship from ICTS. The current scholarship amounts are given below.

PhD

PhD pre-registration

Fellowship

Contingency grant

Rs. 31,000/- p.m

Rs. 40,000/- p.a.

PhD post-registration

(max 5 years from date of joining)

Fellowship

Contingency grant

Rs. 35,000/- p.m

Rs. 40,000/- p.a.

PhD post-registration

(beyond 5 years upto a max of 1 year)

Fellowship

Rs. 17,500/- p.m

 

Integrated PhD

1st year

Fellowship

Book grant

Rs. 21,000/- p.m

Rs. 25,000/- p.a.

2nd year

Fellowship

Contingency grant

Rs. 31,000/- p.m

Rs. 40,000/- p.a.

Integrated PhD post-registration

(max 5 years from date of joining)

Fellowship

Contingency grant

Rs. 35,000/- p.m

Rs. 40,000/- p.a.

Integrated PhD post-registration

(beyond 6 years upto a max of 1 year)

Fellowship

Rs. 17,500/- p.m


Accommodation is provided to PhD and Integrated PhD students at a nominal cost.

 

ICTS GRADUATE SCHOOL

 

CONTACT:

Academic Office
International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS),
Survey No. 151, Shivakote,
Hesaraghatta Hobli, Bengaluru North - 560 089, India.
Tel: +91 - 80 - 4653 6000 Email: gs @ icts . res . in
Website : www.icts.res.in

Updated: 27/04/2020