following areas: Planetary Exploration, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Solar Physics, Planetary &
Geosciences, Space and Atmospheric Sciences and Experimental Laser and Atomic Physics &
Theoretical Physics. Applications in the prescribed form should be submitted online at our
website http://www.prl.res.in. Those unable to do so may download the form and send the
completed form by email or post. Those with no access to internet may obtain a printed
application form by post by sending a self-addressed envelope with postal stamps of Rs. 10/-
affixed on it, to the address given below.
Eligibility: M.Sc. in one of the following subjects: Physics, Space Sciences, Atmospheric
Sciences, Chemistry (Physical, Nuclear /Analytical), Geology, Geophysics, Ocean Sciences.
Engineering students with M.E./M.Tech. (in Electronics and Communication or Computer
Engineering or Information Technology or Mechanical Engineering) are also eligible to pursue
the Ph.D. programme in Physical Sciences. They must have Physics and Mathematics at the
B.Sc. level. A minimum of 60% marks at the Master’s level is required for all candidates.
Those appearing for Master’s Degree examination in 2009 may also to apply. Those who
applied earlier and were not selected need not apply again. Age Limit: Not more than 25 years
as on 31/12/2008.
Selection Procedure: Written test, followed by personal interview for those who qualify in the
written test. These will be held at the PRL main campus at Ahmedabad. Written test may be
waived for candidates who have qualified with exceptionally good rank in any of the following:
(i) JEST-2009 (ii) GATE (in Physics) 2008/2009, (iii) UGC-CSIR NET in 2007/2008 in Subject
Code–1: Chemical Sciences, or Subject Code–2: Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean & Planetary
Sciences, or Subject Code–5: Physical Sciences.
A photocopy of the GATE/NET result must accompany the application, if applicable. If
the NET certificate is not available a copy of the admit card and a print-out of the online
results with the candidate’s roll number circled should be sent. Candidates who have
qualified JEST-2009 should mention their roll number, rank and percentile.
Stipend & Facilities: Rs. 12,000/- per month, raised to Rs. 14,000/- per month after two
years, subject to satisfactory review; a book grant of Rs. 5,000/- per year; and accommodation
at a nominal charge. Students may also be partially supported for attending conferences
Details of the research opportunities and facilities available at PRL can be found on our
website. Short-listed candidates called for written test/interview will be paid II-class return train
fare by the shortest route and per diem as per existing PRL rules.
Requests for application forms from those with no internet access should reach us before 15th
February, 2009 and completed applications, may be sent by post to: Head, Academic
Services, at the following address so as to reach on or before March 20, 2009.
On line form submission will start on the day of publication of this advertisement. Last date for
on line submission is 15th March 2009.
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PRL is an autonomous institution under the Department of Space and was established in 1947. The current areas of research at PRL are Astronomy and Astrophysics, Earth Sciences, Planetary Sciences & Exploration, Space and Atmospheric Sciences, Theoretical Physics, and Experimental Laser and Atomic Physics. We have two campuses at Ahmedabad and astronomical and solar observatories at Mt. Abu and Udaipur respectively. More details are available via links on the PRL homepage.
Ph.D. students at PRL, referred to as Research Scholars, take courses in the first year and then start their research with a guide. Research scholars are awarded a Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) for the first two years, and subsequently a Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) for the remaining years. A JRF receives a stipend of Rs. 12,000 per month and an SRF receives a stipend of Rs. 14,000 per month. A book grant of Rs. 5000 per year is given to all research scholars. Accommodation is provided by PRL at a nominal charge. A research scholar typically finishes his or her Ph.D. in five years.
The online application form for the Ph.D. Programme at PRL is provided here. Please fill it out carefully.
Short-listed candidates will subsequently be called for a written test or an interview at PRL. They will be provided II-class return train fare by the shortest route and per diem as per PRL rules. Eligibility criteria for admission to PRL are contained in the advertisement given below that appeared in major newspapers across India.
In case you are unable to submit the online application form, you may download the form and send it by post to Head, Academic Services, Physical Research Laboratory, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad 380 009 [Email: email@example.com; Fax: (079) 2631 4863]. If necessary, the form may also be obtained on request by post by enclosing a self-addressed envelope with postal stamps of Rs. 10 affixed on it. The completed application should reach PRL on or before the last date mentioned in the advertisement (March 20, 2009).
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