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CESSI Mohanpur invites applications for PhD Studentship 2015

PhD Admissions 2015 – CESSI, IISER Kolkata

Center of Excellence in Space Sciences India, IISER Kolkata (CESSI), Mohanpur, West Bengal has invited applications for PhD Studentships of Autumn Batch 2015

The Center of Excellence in Space Sciences, India (CESSI) is a multi-institutional Center of Excellence hosted by the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata and has been established through funding from the Ministry of Human Resource Development

Eligibility: Highly motivated candidates with MS/M.Sc/M.Tech degrees with at least 55% aggregate marks (or equivalent grade-point average) in Physical Sciences, or allied disciplines that are deemed suitable by the selection committee for Ph.D research in the space sciences

Final year post-graduate students who are yet to obtain their degree may also apply; however, they must have completed their degree at the time of admissions with the requisite aggregate marks

Preference will be given to candidates with their own PhD fellowships, such as, UGC/CSIR-NET JRF, INSPIRE or any other equivalent fellowship

Outstanding candidates, who do not have any independent fellowships, may also be selected if deemed suitable by the selection committee; however they should have qualified in at least one of the following exams: GATE, JEST, NET-LS

Selection Procedure:

Note that these are the minimum eligibility criterion

The selection committee will short-list a certain number of candidates based on their applications, inform them through email of this short-listing, and may seek additional details, including recommendation letters

The short-listed candidates will subsequently have to appear for an interview by a panel of experts and the final selection will be based upon the recommendation of this expert panel

The interview will be held at IISER Kolkata’s campus either at Mohanpur or Kolkata, the date and details of which will be communicated to the short-listed candidates

In exceptional circumstances, some interviews may also be held via video-conferencing

Apply: We seek applications for PhD positions from qualified and highly motivated candidates for our PhD program (for the session beginning Spring 2014)

The application portal is below

Apply for PhD Positions: We seek applications for Postdoctoral Fellows from highly motivated candidates who hold a PhD degree or who have recently submitted their PhD thesis

Required Documentation and Instruction for the Online Application

i) You will need a functional (personal) email-id for completing the online application. If you do not have one, create one before you apply

ii) Please have your picture (soft copy, preferably in JPG or PNG format) ready

iii) Please read the eligibility criteria above carefully

iv) The applicants should open the link ( and under the option Apply For, choose PhD at CESSI (Autumn 2015)

v) Complete the application form as instructed. The form can be opened and edited/corrected until the last date

vi) In the field Remarks within the online application, write a statement of purpose, outlining your motivation for pursuing a PhD in sciences, and why you are interested in CESSI; this should be limited to 500 words. We suggest that you first write this using your favourite text editor and subsequently start the application process during which you can cut-and-paste the same into the online form

vii) You must complete your application. Incomplete applications will be rejected

viii) Applicants should save the completed application form and take a printout of the same. Those who are short-listed should bring a signed hard-copy of the application with them at the time of interview

Link to short-listed candidates for interview will appear at the main CESSI homepage. Candidates will also be notified via email

Important Date

Application for PhD Positions: Deadline 30th April 2015

Center of Excellence in Space Sciences

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata, Mohanpur-741252, West Bengal, Website

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