Friday, 29 September 2023

Ph.D. Programme

The Ph.D. programme at CeNS focuses on basic and applied aspects of advanced research in the field of nano and soft matter sciences. The students who enroll for the programme at CeNS register with Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR)for their Ph.D. degree.


Applications are invited from students for admission to the Ph.D. programme for Jan-2024 Session as Junior Research Fellows (JRF) in the following areas of research.

Areas of research

Energy & Environment 

Photovoltaics, photodetectors
Energy storage devices
Hydrogen Energy
Smart windows and displays
Electro catalysts
Electrochemical & Photocatalytic energy conversion
Electrochemical sensors
Piezo / tribo electric energy generation and pressure sensing


Large-scale synthesis at near-ambient conditions
Solution based processes
Low-cost instrumentation
Hybrid spin valve - resistive switching memory devices
Low dimensional Perovskites, Atomic Layer Deposition
Supramolecular polymers, Biomaterials, Polymers


Acoustic and optical meta
Radiative cooling

Soft materials/ Liquid crystals

Synthesis, Composites
Phase transitions
Peptides, Organo- and hydrogel


Phase transitions in two dimensions
Micro- and nano-structured surfaces
Structural colours

Essential qualifications as given in the AcSIR website
(Additionally, the candidate with GATE or JEST may apply for equivalent Institutional fellowship.)

Selection procedure

Candidates will be short-listed for an interview based on their performance in the national entrance test(s) and academic performance. The final selection is based on the performance in the interview.

Note: Interviews will be held in person only.

Travel grants

Students are encouraged to participate in national and international workshops, expos, symposia and conferences. Centre provides financial assistance of up to Rs. 1,50,000/- during the five-year duration of the Ph.D. programme.

Medical Facility

A clinic with basic facilities and a medical practitioner is available for the students on the campus.  For any special medical needs, students are referred to nearby /empanelled hospitals.

AcSIR Application Link

While filing the application form against preference, select DST-The Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences (CeNS), Bengaluru

Important dates (as per AcSIR):

Ph.D. (Sciences)


Last date of submitting online applications

03-10-2023 to

Interview/Test (to be held by the AcSIR Academic Centres)


Progressive declaration of results (list of selected applicants) on the admission portal though AcSIR-HQ (within 5 working days after the last date of interview).


Last date for declaration of results of selected applicants on the on-line admission portal, for all Academic Centres, through AcSIR-HQ


Last date for confirming the admission seat by selected applicants by payment of tuition fees through the AcSIR on-line SBI portal