Physical Research Laboratory Fellowship & Dates

Physical Research Laboratory Fellowship:- Physical Research Laboratory known as the “cradle of space sciences” in India under the aegis of the Department of Space, Government of India. Under this scheme, Junior Research Fellowship for the Ph.D. degree is being invited to those students who are very much interested to brighten the name of India and showing their contribution towards science. The broad areas of ongoing research activities at PRL are astronomy and astrophysics, solar physics, space and atmospheric sciences, nuclear, molecular, and optical physics, theoretical physics, geology, and planetary science.

Institute: Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad

Fellowship: Junior Research Fellowships (JRF)

Candidates pursuing PhD in PRL

Physical Research Laboratory Fellowship Highlight

  • The application form for the Physical Research Laboratory will start from the month of July.
  • For scholarship, the candidates have to submit the online application form.
  • Selected JRFs will be paid fellowships of ₹ 31,000/- per month.
  • SRFs will be paid fellowships of ₹ 35,000/- per month.
  • Fellowship can be renewel through your year-round performance.
  • An academic allowance of ₹ 10,000/- per year will be given for five years.

Important Dates

Physical Research Laboratory Fellowship Online application releasing dateThird week of March 2021
Physical Research Laboratory Fellowship Closing date for an application formFourth week of April 2021
Dates for InterviewsLast May to Second June 2021

Note:- Students are expected to start submitting their application form before the last date because, after the last date, your application form will not be accepted. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • The nationality of students should be Indian.
  • Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Science or Engineering with first class (60%) or equivalent grades at both Bachelor’s and Master’s levels.
  • Candidates are selected on the basis of GATE/CSIR-UGC-NET/JEST and Post Graduation scores Interview and writern exam will also have to be followed.
  • Candidates who are applying for Junior Research Fellowship must have Math and Physics in Bachelor Degree.
  • Students who have passed master’s degrees are eligible for the scholarship with 60% marks.
  • Candidates who have passed Master’s Degree in 2021 are students eligible.
  • Students must be within 17 to 25 years of age.
  • Note:- Please note if the applicant possesses more than one score in either GATE or NET then the best among them is to be provided in the application.

Topics for study

Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
  • Quantum Optics, Quantum Communication, Quantum Metrology, and Quantum Sensing
  • Laboratory astrochemistry, astrobiology
  • Probing the ultrafast dynamics in atoms and molecules
  • Nonlinear Optics, Quantum Optics, Structured Optical beams
  • Theoretical atomic studies on Matter-antimatter Asymmetry (CP violation), Parity Violation, Atomic Clocks, Nuclear Charge Radii from Isotope Shifts, Nuclear Momenta from Hyperfine Structures, Lande gj factors, Plasma embedded atomic systems, Relativistic studies on Heavy Molecules
  • Development of exoelectron system and its application, Development of luminescence as a tool for provenance studies, extending the dating limits of luminescence technique.
Astronomy & Astrophysics
  • Instrumentation and stellar astrophysics and exoplanet research
  • The flow of Astrophysical plasma, Numerical simulation, Particle acceleration in space plasma
  • X-ray/Infrared/Optical studies of Be/X-ray Binaries (Physics stream), Understanding the properties of X-ray pulsars at different luminosity levels
  • Understanding cluster formation in molecular cloud complexes.
  • Astronomical polarimetry, milky way studies, astronomical instrumentation
Planetary Science
  • Physics, Dynamics,
and Composition of Planetary Atmospheres. Dust storms and convective vortices on Mars. Modeling of Planetary Atmospheric Chemistry. Modeling and Observation of Interplanetary Dust Particles (IDPs) at Various Planets, Micrometeorites on Airless Bodies like Moon, Dust Charging and Levitation on Small Airless Body, Dusty Plasma. Planetary Lightning: Modelling and Observation of Lightning on Various Planets like Venus, Mars, etc., and its effect on the Atmosphere. Electromagnetic Wave Propagation. Study of Planetary materials and Terrestrial Impact craters. Impact craters and their associated fluvial activities on Mars, Role of impact craters in Lunar evolution post-Late Heavy Bombardment, Exploring Impact cratering on planetary bodies (Mars/Moon), their terrestrial analogues,
  • and through experimental analysis.
  • Geological evolution of Mars using remote sensing data analysis.
  • Evolution of the lunar crust, Development of new techniques for hyperspectral/multispectral remote sensing data analysis, Comparative geology of airless planetary bodies.
  • Reflectance spectroscopy of planetary materials and analogues under laboratory simulated conditions.
  • Planetary Geophysics and Heat flow Studies.
  • Instrumentation for Planetary Exploration.
  • Planetary Geology & Geochemistry.
  • Quaternary Geochronology and Quaternary paleoclimates.
  • Organics in meteorites.
  • Stellar Nucleosynthesis from an experimental perspective.
  • Early active Sun and Short-lived nuclide studies in meteorites.
  • Secondary alterations in the protoplanetary disk.
  • Presolar grains morphological interests.
  • Optically stimulated luminescence, gamma-ray spectrometer development. Instrumentation for Planetary Exploration.
  • Study of the hydrodynamical and chemical evolution of the star
  • planet-forming regions using numerical simulations and laboratory experiments.
  • Mantle Geochemistry, Geoarchaeology, and study of Early Earth.
  • Biogeochemistry of bio-available elements and their isotopes in different ecosystems.
  • Ocean biogeochemistry and climate change.
  • Isotope hydrology.
  • Ocean acidification using corals.
  • Paleoclimate and monsoon variability using marine/lake sediments.
  • Radiocarbon and ocean circulation.
  • Aerosol chemistry and characteristics.
  • Atmospheric deposition of nutrients.
  • Precipitation chemistry
  • Catastrophic events (mass extinctions) across major geological transitions
Theoretical Physics
  • Neutrino Physics phenomenology (Probing Neutrino Oscillation Parameters in current and future experiments, Nature of neutrinos and its connection with neutrino mass generation mechanism)
  • Theoretical investigation of anomalous electronic transport in a strange metal regime of unconventional superconductors, Theoretical investigation of unconventional magnetism in strongly correlated systems
  • Particle Physics Phenomenology at Large Hadron Collider (LHC); Higgs, Supersymmetry, Dark Matter and Physics beyond the Standard Model.
  • Ultracold atomic physics
  • Effective Field Theory and Flavour Physics
Space and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Trace gases in the Earth’s atmosphere.
  • Emission and atmospheric processes of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
  • Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Modeling
  • Earth’s lower and middle atmospheric remote sensing and coupling processes.
and Satellite-based studies of atmospheric temperature, clouds,
  • and water vapor.
  • Atmospheric Aerosols
  • Investigation of atmospheric waves and middle atmospheric dynamics using ground and satellite-based observations.
  • Impact of space weather on the terrestrial magnetosphere-ionosphere (MI) system.
  • Climate Change and Global Warming
Solar Physics
  • Seismic coupling in the solar atmosphere
  • Role of Magnetohydrodynamic waves in the coronal heating
  • Small-scale transients in the solar atmosphere
  • High energy processes during solar eruptions
  • Computer simulation of the solar coronal transients

How to apply Physical Research Laboratory Fellowship?

  • First of all, students have to visit the official website. (Click Here)
  • Students have to submit their application form with a new ID.
  • To create a new ID, students have to provide their email ID and phone number.
  • As soon as the new ID is generated, a password will be received in your phone.
  • With that password, you can check your application status anytime. With that password, you can also get your further information.
  • Now you can fill your application form.
  • All the detail given in the application should be correct.
  • You also have to attach some documents with the application.

Note:- There should be no wrong detail find in your application form or in your documents, otherwise your Physical Research Laboratory Fellowship application form can be rejected.


Head, Academic Services

Physical Research Laboratory

Navrangpura, Ahmedabad – 380 009

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q- I have to fill the online application at once?

Ans- No. You can register by entering your basic details. The system will generate an applicant ID and password for you. Please note the Applicant-ID and password generated. Later you can fill the online application as you wish until you are satisfied that you have entered all the desired fields correctly. The software provides the facility to save your application. Once you “lock” your application, you may not be able to modify it further.

Q- Can I edit already saved information for longer?

Ans- You can edit the information you have filled up until you “lock and forward the online application” to the institute.

Q-What to do after submitting an online application?

Ans- After locking and forwarding the online application to the institute, you should take a printout of the application (it will come with a barcode), sign it and submit it to the institute along with the necessary documents.

Physical Research Laboratory Fellowship & Dates

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