CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory


CSIR-NCL invites applications for PhD programme of the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) in Science and Engineering from eligible candidates, twice every year (for semesters beginning in January and August). Interested candidates are requested to go through the eligibility criteria given below and the details under various links on the left side. Interested applicants should visit the AcSIR website to learn more about AcSIR, application process and deadlines.

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Eligibility criteria for Regular candidates

PhD Programme in Science (JRF /SRF):

(i) Master’s degree in Chemical/ Physical/ Biological and related Sciences/ Technology OR a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/ Technology/ Medicine or B.S of 4 year duration.


(ii) A valid research fellowship offer (JRF/SRF) from UGC/ CSIR/ DBT/ ICMR/ BINC/ DST-INSPIRE/ UGC-RGNF/ UGC-MANF or any other equivalent research fellowship tenable at NCL.

Candidates without any valid research fellowship as mentioned above or those who have qualified only the CSIR/ UGC lectureship (LS) category or GATE or any other national level test without any fellowship are not eligible to apply for the PhD program in Science. Such applications will not be considered.

PhD Programme in Science (industry Sponsored candidates):

Personnel from industry holding a M.Sc. (or equivalent) degree in Sciences

Sponsored candidates who wish to apply for admission to a PhD program (of AcSIR) at CSIR-NCL are requested to get in touch with CSIR-NCL well in advance (preferably before the end of August for the January semester or preferably before the end of March for the August semester) and identify a suitable research advisor depending on the area of research interest of the applicant. The application process will be the same as that for regular candidates. However, sponsored candidates will have to download the filled application form (from AcSIR website) and send the hard copy (by mail or in person) to CSIR-NCL (Student Academic Office, CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, Pune 411008) along with the company's No Objection Certificate, a letter of willingness from a Group IV scientist in NCL to be the guide, a passport size photograph, degree certificates, grade/ marks sheets, caste certificate and any other relevant documents. The hard copy of the application along with all relevant documents should reach CSIR-NCL before the last date stipulated by AcSIR. The screening and selection procedures will be the same as that for regular candidates. See AcSIR website for more information.

Project Assistants currently working at the National Chemical Laboratory are eligible to apply for AcSIR’s Ph.D. program at NCL, if they fulfill all the requirements specified by AcSIR and the National Chemical Laboratory. Please watch out for the advertisement at CSIR-NCL and file your application (on line at the AcSIR website) as specified in the advertisement.

PhD Programme in Engineering:

Admission criteria for (a) Chemical Engineering/Technology, and (b) Bioengineering & Computational biology 

(a) Chemical Engineering/Technology

Eligibility Criteria

Ph.D. (Engineering/Technology)

Candidates with a Master's degree in chemical/polymer/petrochemical Engineering/Technology/ Pharmacy or with a Master's degree in Sciences and with a valid GATE score or UGC/ CSIR-NET/ NBHM or valid CSIR-JRF/ SRF or equivalent fellowship.

Direct Ph.D. (Engineering/Technology)

B.E. in chemical/polymer/petrochemical / B.Tech with CGPA 8.5 / 85% Marks + valid GATE / NET (Engg) (Rank <2000)
B.E. in chemical/polymer/petrochemical / B.Tech with CGPA 8.5 / 85% Marks +2 years’ experience as PA/CSIR SRF.
B.E. in chemical/polymer/petrochemical / B.Tech or M.Sc. with CGPA 8.5 / 85% Marks and/or Ranked first in University + National level fellowship.


Industry Sponsored Candidates

 Regular: M. Tech (or equivalent) degree in chemical/polymer/petrochemical Engineering*
Direct: Undergraduate degree in chemical/polymer/petrochemical Engineering with CGPA of at least 8.5 / 85% marks and/or 1st Rank holder in University/Institution*
*with endorsement from Industry for required academic leave and financial support during program.



(b) PhD Program in Bioengineering & Computational Biology 

A four-year bachelor’s degree, or a Masters degree in science or technology in a relevant branch of science or engineering AND a valid national-level fellowship tenable at NCL.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates who fulfil the eligibility criteria can apply online from at http://acsir.res.in or by clicking the link provided on left side. For more details about application and admission procedures, and to know more about AcSIR, candidates are requested to visit the AcSIR website.
Students (including industry sponsored candidates) applying to the Computational Biology and Bioengineering program should apply to
the Engineering Sciences program at CSIR-NCL in the online application. For queries, please read the program description given in the document, or write to amsces@ncl.res.in if you still have any queries.

Names of applicants short listed for the written test and/or interview will be available on this site (link on the left side) after the last date for filing the application (usually within 2-3 weeks). Interview dates and information for the shortlisted candidates will be announced along with the short list OR after short list of the candidates is displayed. Please check this website and the AcSIR website periodically for updates.