Biological Sciences PhD Program 2018 @ ICMR-NIRRH: National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health, Mumbai, is a premier Institute of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

The Institute invites applications from highly motivated students having a consistently good academic record in Modern Biology for enrollment in the Ph.D. programme.

The thrust areas of research include Fertility Regulation, Infertility and Reproductive Disorders, HIV/STIs/RTIs, Maternal and Child Health, Immunology and Microbiology, Reproductive cancers, Osteoporosis, Genetic Disorders, Stem Cell Biology, Structural Biology, Bioinformatics and Reproductive Toxicology.

Biological Sciences PhD Program 2018 @ ICMR-NIRRH

The Institute is affiliated to the University of Mumbai for the award of Ph.D. degree in Applied Biology, Biochemistry, Life Sciences, and Biotechnology.


  • Candidates who are an Indian citizen and having Post graduate degree in any branch of Life Sciences/Biological Sciences/Biotechnology/ Microbiology/Bioinformatics/ Biophysics or MBBS with at least 60% or equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA) from higher secondary (10+2) onwards.
  • A student belonging to reserve category of Maharashtra state only will be eligible for 5% relaxation. In case CGPA is not based on 10 point scale candidate should provide a statement issued by the respective University indicating conversion of CGPA to a percentage.
  • Candidates, who have appeared or are appearing for the qualifying examination in the academic year 2017-18 and are awaiting results, are also eligible to apply. However, such candidates will have to submit the proof of qualifying marks either at the time of interview or if selected at the time of admission.
  • The candidates must be qualified either in Ph.D. entrance test (PET) conducted by the University of Mumbai OR In GATE/SET/NET/JRF examination conducted by national agencies such as CSIR/UGC/ICMR/DBT/GPAT OR should be a DST-Inspire fellow.

Biological Sciences PhD Program 2018 @ ICMR-NIRRH

AGE LIMIT: Upper age limit is 28 years as on 15th June 2018 and it is relaxable for SC/ST/OBC/PWD (person with a disability) candidates as well as women candidates as per Government of India rules.

RESEARVATION: Will be as per the UGC rules followed by the University of Mumbai. HOW TO APPLY: Application form available at the NIRRH website ( should be duly filled and submitted online on or before 15th June 2018. Printed copy of the filled application form should be submitted along with a non- 2 refundable Demand Draft for Rs 300/- (Exempted for SC/ST/PWD (person with disability) candidates, provided they submit supporting document) drawn in favour of “The Director, NIRRH” to In-charge, Post Graduate Studies, ICMR-National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health, Jehangir Merwanji Street, Parel, Mumbai 400 012, so as to reach on or before 22nd June 2018. The envelope should be marked as “NIRRH PhD 2018”. Incomplete applications and applications received after the closing date will be disqualified.

SELECTION PROCEDURE: The names of the short-listed candidates along with date and time for the personal interview will be displayed on the NIRRH and ICMR website. Candidates will be called for an interview for final selection. The list of Ph.D. guides (who have a vacancy for Ph.D. students in their laboratory) and a brief description of the research project to be initiated under them would be given to shortlisted candidates. Final selection would be based on the performance in the interview.

FELLOWSHIP: The selected candidates, who have passed JRF examination conducted by CSIR/UGC/ICMR/DBT can avail fellowship as per the rules of the respective funding agency. Non-fellowship holders will be provided an Institutional fellowship of Rs. 8000/- per month which will be initiated only after successful completion of coursework and Ph.D. proposal presentation. It will be for 2 years and later these students are encouraged to seek fellowship from other funding agencies.

HOSTEL: Limited hostel facility is available for outstation women candidates selected for the Ph.D. programme. NIRRH reserves the right to change the minimum eligibility criteria in case of receipt of a large number of applications. The decision of the Director and Selection Committee will be final and no correspondence will be entertained in this regard. Canvassing in any form and/or bringing in any influence will be treated as disqualification. No traveling allowance shall be provided by the Institute at any stage of the admission process and outstation candidates appearing for the interview should make their own arrangements for their stay in Mumbai. For any issues regarding submission of form kindly mail to ‘[email protected]’.

Biological Sciences PhD Program 2018 @ ICMR-NIRRH

Time Table for Selection Procedure

  1. Start of online application 24th May 2018
  2. Last date for submission of online application 15th June 2018
  3. Last date for submission of hard copy of the application and demand draft 22nd June 2018
  4. The announcement of candidates shortlisted for Interviews will be displayed on NIRRH website
  5. Date of Interview will be displayed on NIRRH website

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