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Ph.D. Program in Biology

The Department of Biological Sciences at Ashoka University invites students to carry out cutting edge research through its PhD program in Biological Sciences. Four broad thematic areas characterize our research


 1. Biophysics and Biochemistry

2. Cell and Developmental Biology

3. Computational and Mathematical Biology

4. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


State of the art research facilities and a unique liberal arts environment allow PhD students to work on inter-disciplinary research projects drawing on the expertise of faculty members within and beyond the biology department.


For further details on the research of individual faculty members, please see here


A fixed number of attractive PhD fellowships will be offered by Ashoka University to support the PhD students (as per the rules and regulations). The fellowship includes a monthly stipend of INR 35,000 per month, a contingency grant of INR 20,000 and offers extensive teaching opportunities. 

The monthly stipend and annual contingency grant given to PhD students who receive other scholarships (from UGC, CSIR or a partner organization) will be decided based on terms covering the scholarship itself and as per the norms of the University.  

Students will also be offered housing on campus (depending on availability). In case on-campus housing is not available, Rs. 7000 pm rent allowance will be paid towards off-campus housing 



 Applications to the Ph.D. program are invited from candidates with

  • A masters degree in any basic science discipline, including biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, and mathematics; or BTech/MBBS MTech/MPharm in applied sciences such as medicine and engineering; and

  • Qualification in a national entrance examination such as JGEEBILS/ BINC/ INSPIRE/CSIR-UGC/ ICMR/ GATE/JEST/ DST. The scores obtained must be valid at the time of application. 

Application Process

To apply to the biology PhD program the applicants should complete an online application form. There are NO application fees.  

Online applications should also include  


1. A statement of research interests (maximum 2 pages)
The research statement should summarize your academic background and research training, indicating how the Ph.D program in biological sciences at Ashoka will enable you to realize your career goal/s. Interested candidates are encouraged to visit the department website  to understand the lines of research being pursued at Ashoka before writing the research statement.


2. Two letters of recommendation
It is most helpful if letter writers know you well and are able to evaluate and attest your prior research experience/ training and your ability to perform at the graduate level. We prefer that the letter writers email us the letters from their official email addresses and include a phone number where we can reach out to for any clarification.
Referees may email the recommendation letters directly to
The subject of the email should be  ‘Recommendation_<candidate’s name>’.

Application Closing Dates

Applications are closed for the December intake. Please check back later.

Selected Candidates

Selected Candidates
June 2020 Intake Application No.
Upasana Sen Gupta O54-2020-10184
Dec 2020 Intake  
Nawaf Abdul Majeed O54-2020-10234
Devashish Kumar O54-2020-10211
Pratiksha Sail O54-2020-10029
Diana Michael O54-2020-10062
Priyanka Priyadarshini O54-2020-10246
Yoshita Sriramkumar O54-2020-10010
Selection Procedure

The selection to the PhD program in the department of biology is primarily based on our evaluation of

  1. Your completed online application form and supporting documents including recommendations; and
  2. Qualification in a national level examination.

Candidates who wish to pursue a PhD in ecology and evolution may also be shortlisted via a written examination at Ashoka. Please note that candidates taking the written examination for the ecology and evolution program will not be considered for PhD studies in other research areas in the Biology (General) PhD program.


The selection process has three stages


Stage -1: Completed applications are reviewed by the faculty panel and short-listed for an on-site interview.

Stage- 2: Preliminary interview at Ashoka will be scheduled in the month of June. Exact dates will be communicated to the selected candidates
Stage-3: Applicants who pass the preliminary interview will attend the final round of interview.


Candidates selected to the PhD program will be intimated in person and their names will be advertised on the departmental website.

Important Note

1. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
2. Satisfying the eligibility criteria does not automatically guarantee selection to the interview.

3. Candidates with a 3-Yr bachelors degree are NOT eligible for the PhD program.
4. Individuals who hold a 4-yr bachelors degree such as BS or BSc(Hons.) in sciences, and wish to be considered for the PhD program, are requested to write to the program co-ordinator at to determine their eligibility.

  • Supporting materials such as letters of recommendation and statement of research interests may be sent to

  • All other enquiries regarding the program may be directed to the biology PhD program co-ordinator at


1. Can I apply to the Biophysics, Cell and Developmental Biology program if I have not taken any national entrance examination?
No. Selection to the PhD in Biology (General) subject areas (i.e Biophysics, Cell and Developmental Biology) requires qualification in a national entrance examination mentioned before such as JGEEBILS/ BINC/ CSIR-UGC/ ICMR/ GATE/JEST. These scores have to be valid at the time of application.


2. I would like to apply for PhD in Biology (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology). But I have not appeared for any national examination required by Ashoka Univerity. Am I eligible ?
Unfortunately no. Qualification in a national entrance examination such as JGEEBILS/ BINC/ CSIR- UGC/ ICMR/JEST/ GATE (Ecology and Evolution) is necessary for application to the PhD program in Biology at Ashoka University. 

3. Who are the participating faculty members in the biology department?

Biophysics & Biochemistry :
Dr. Shubhashis Haldar
Dr. Gautam Menon
Dr. Sougata Roy

Cell & Developmental Biology :
Dr. LS Shashidhara
Dr. Anup Padmanabhan
Dr. Kasturi Pal

Computational &Mathematical Biology :
Dr. Alok Bhattacharya
Dr. Gautam Menon

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology :
Dr. Imroze Khan
Dr. Shivani
Dr. Bittu

4. Are there any teaching opportunities during the PhD training?
Yes. All candidates admitted to the graduate program have the opportunity to hone their teaching skills by participating in various undergraduate lecture and laboratory courses.