The goal of the doctoral program is to train future generations of space scientists who are equipped with the necessary skills to lead national and international endeavours in the astrophysical space sciences. Students interested in pursuing research in space science and allied fields of interest to CESSI can apply for PhD positions. The cornerstone of the program lies in the collaboration that students are expected to develop with faculties associated with CESSI drawn from various Indian academic organizations. Scientists from reputed institutes within India and abroad visit CESSI year round to deliver lectures and explore research collaborations. CESSI cultivates an open academic atmosphere wherein students are encouraged to take advantage of the ensuing interactions to forge scientific collaborations across institutional borders. This cross-institutional exchange of knowledge is expected to leverage the available expertise within the country more effectively towards the advance training of PhD students.
Students are awarded a doctoral degree on successful completion of all degree requirements (including course-work) and the defense of their doctoral thesis. Nominally, the total PhD period is expected to be around 5 years. Students get a fellowship during the tenure of their PhD program which is determined based on Government norms.
Students with a competitive Masters degree (including MTech) from recognized academic organization are elligible to apply for the PhD program. The minimum eligibility criterion is available here. Note that students are expected to qualify at least one national level examination such as JEST, GATE, CSIR-UGC-NET. Students with INSPIRE fellowship are also encouraged to apply. Students may also apply based on any Government approved scheme for career advancement and mobility of Government personnel.
Selections are made after short-listed candidates appear for an interview. Shortlisting of candidates for the interview is based on the documents and other information submitted. The list of documents required shall be declared on the admission portal. Note that mere eligibility does not guarantee being short-listed which is based on several competitive criterion including the statement of interest and letters of recommendation. The final selection is based on the performance in the interview. CESSI selects only the best amongst the applicants who demonstrate strong aptitude and motivation for research in astrophysics and space sciences. When no suitable candidates of sufficient quality are found, no offers are made.
Advertisements for PhD are typically announced once a year on the CESSI web page, depending on the availability of vacancies. This is generally in between the months of February to April
Courses shall begin in the last week of July.
The program aims to attract highly motivated B.Tech and B.E. students with an engineering background who are desirous of contributing to fundamental research and mission-development in space sciences. The courses in this degree are aimed towards equipping students with the basic knowledge for tackling research problems in astrophysics. On completion of the degree the student would be well-placed to pursue a PhD program in any field of astrophysical space sciences.
In this two year program the first year involves both coursework and the performance of a research project. The final year is dedicated entirely to the MS Thesis research which typically is a continuation of the first year research project. For their MS Thesis research students can collaborate with a faculty from Department of Physical Sciences at IISER Kolkata or any affiliated CESSI faculty from other organizations.
The students are required to complete their course credit requirements and successfully defend their thesis to obtain the MS degree.
Students are expected to complete all the core courses and choose from a list of elective courses. Core courses typically include Introductory Astrophysics, Computational Physics, Space Astronomy and Fluid- and Magneto-Hydrodynamics or Gravitation and Cosmology. Electives include other courses that are on offer from CESSI and Department of Physical Sciences. The subjects taken by a student is usually chosen in consultation with the concerned student's research supervisor.
Students with a competitive 4-year Bachelor's degree in engineering will be considered provided strong background in Physics or Engineering is demonstrated. To consult minimum eligibility criterion please click here.
Like our PhD program, selections are only made after shortlisted candidates appear for an interview. Shortlisting of candidates for the interview is based on the documents and other information submitted. The list of documents required shall be declared in the admission portal. Note that satisfying the minimum eligibility criterion is no guarantee for short-listing, which is based on various other factors including statement of interest and recommendation letters. The final selection is based on performance in the interview.
The Masters program tenure is 2 years. Fellowship will be provided to all selected students.
Advertisement for the MS program is typically announced once a year (during March-April) depending on the availability of funding and seats. You are advised to check the website regularly after March.
Courses begin in the last week of July.