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PhD Program

Located on the lap of the lower Himalayas, near the beautiful hill town of Nainital, Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES) is an autonomous research institute funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). ARIES extends opportunity to all M. Sc. qualified students to pursue an exciting research career as a PhD student in Astronomy & Astrophysics and Atmospheric Sciences.

Astronomy & Astrophysics division of ARIES is engaged in cutting edge research in the fields of Solar Physics, Stellar physics, Interstellar Matter, Transients like Supernova and GRBs, AGN, Galaxy Morphology, Relativistic Astrophysics etc. The Atmospheric division specializes in atmospheric chemistry, trace gases, boundary layer meteorology, atmospheric dynamics, aerosols etc.

Every year, students with M.Sc Physics are invited to apply for Junior Research Fellowship programme of ARIES leading to PhD. Students admitted to the PhD programme are initially offered a Junior Research Fellowship (JRF). The JRF joins the PhD programme after successful completion of the course work. On completion of two years as a Junior Research Fellow, a student is offered a Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) after a rigorous assessment. The total tenure of the fellowship may not ordinarily exceed five years, inclusive of the course work. Once a student submits the thesis within five years, an enhanced fellowship amount may be given for a further period of one year.

 

PhD Admissions in ARIES, 2021

Students with M.Sc Physics are invited to apply for Junior Fellowship programme of ARIES leading to PhD. Students admitted to the Ph.D. programme are initially offered a Junior Research Fellowship (JRF). The JRF joins the PhD programme after successful completion of the course work. On completion of two years as a Junior Research Fellow, a student is offered a Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) after an assessment. The total tenure of the fellowship may not ordinarily exceed five years, inclusive of the course work. Once a student submits the thesis within five years, an enhanced fellowship amount may be given for a further period of one year. Shortlisted candidates names will be posted on ARIES website. The  interview will be conducted through video conferencing. 

Fellowship: Rs 31000/- per month (JRF); Rs 35000/- per month (SRF).

Minimum qualification for PhD interviews at ARIES

  • M. Sc. Physics with minimum 55% marks for General/OBC and 50% for SC/ST. Post graduation degree should be from an UGC recognized college/University.
  • The candidate should have passed M. Sc. on or after 2019. Students who are appearing in M. Sc. final year exam can appear before the interview, but, if selected have to furnish the proof of M. Sc. qualification at the time of joining.
  • Age limit: 28 years as on July 1, 2021 (date of birth on or after July 1, 1993). Upper age limit for reserved categories may be relaxed as per the UGC rules.
  • Applicants should have CSIR/UGC-NET (JRF/LS) qualified in Physics/Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Science (2019/20) -OR- GATE - 2020/GATE -2021 qualified in Physics/Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences -OR- having INSPIRE fellowship.
  • All the applications will be further screened by taking into account marks/ranks in GATE/CSIR,UGC-NET and M.Sc. and other guidelines decided by ARIES. Fulfilling minimum qualification does not guarantee a call for the interview.
  • Candidates with external fellowships (CSIR-JRF, DST Inspire) may be given preference.

     

    Application Process

    Selection to this programme will be through an online  interview in July, 2021.

    Online application is mandatory for the PhD applicants. Online application portal will become online after 1200 Hrs on 11 June, 2021. Deadline for application is 1200 Hrs on 30 June, 2021.

     

      New: Application process for those who have qualified JEST 2021 examination and have rank below 100

       

      Eligibility Criteria:

      • M. Sc. Physics with minimum 55% marks for General/OBC and 50% for SC/ST. Post graduation degree should be from an UGC recognized college/University.
      • The candidate should have passed M. Sc. on or after 2019. Students who are appearing in M. Sc. final year exam can appear before the interview, but, if selected have to furnish the proof of M. Sc. qualification at the time of joining.
      • Age limit: 28 years as on July 1, 2021 (date of birth on or after July 1, 1993). Upper age limit for reserved categories may be relaxed as per the UGC rules.
      • Applicants should have JEST qualified with rank <100 in Physics/Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Science (2021).
      • Fulfilling minimum qualification does not guarantee a call for the interview.
      • Candidates with external fellowships (CSIR-JRF, DST Inspire) may be given preference.

       

      Selection to this program will be through an online interview during 4th week of August, 2021.

      Those who have already short-listed for the PhD-2021 interview are not eligible for this program.

      Online application is mandatory for the PhD applicants.

       

      Contact

      The Chairman
      Academic Committee
      Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES)
      Manora Peak
      Nainital -263 002
      Uttarakhand

      E-mail: indra [at] aries [dot] res [dot] in