Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology Ph.D. program January 2022 session Announced

Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology Ph.D. program January 2022

Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) invites applications for admission to the Ph.D. program (January 2022 session) in various domains of Disease Biology and Plant Science.

Eligibility for PhD admission

Candidates with a post-graduate degree in Pharmaceutical/ Medical Sciences or allied subjects (Chemistry etc.) with a minimum of 55 % marks or equivalent grade point are eligible to apply.

A relaxation of 5% of marks, from 55% to 50%, or an equivalent relaxation of grade point, may be allowed for those belonging to SC/ST/Differently abled candidates.
Only candidates who have completed their qualifying degrees in all respects will be considered.

Applicants must have a valid JRF Fellowship (UGC/CSIR/ICMR/DBT/DST-INSPIRE/ or any other nationally-competitive fellowship offered by the Government having a valid fellowship for a period of 5 years

Age: Upper age limit is 28 years as on December 2021. The age limit will be relaxed for SC/ST/Physically challenged candidates as per Government of India regulations.
RGCB is currently affiliated to the University of Kerala, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Regional Centre for Biotechnology, and Kerala University of Health Sciences (KUHS). Registration of the selected candidates will be as per the guidelines issued by these Universities for the award of PhD degrees.

Selection Procedure

Candidates will be shortlisted based on their academic performance and performance in the national level tests. PhD interviews may be held online.

Guidelines for interviews will be provided to candidates shortlisted for the interview.
The list of selected candidates will be displayed on RGCB website.

Application Procedure

Only online applications will be accepted.
Application Fee (Rs. 500) must be paid online using ‘SB Collect’ of State Bank of India through the URL given in the payment stage of the online application.
SC/ST/EWS candidates are exempted from paying the processing fees.

The last date for receiving completed applications is 10th December 2021. Incomplete applications or those without processing fees will be rejected.

Fees for PhD Programme

The students admitted for PhD program will have to pay a laboratory fee of Rs 5000 per semester for the first eight semesters and Rupees 10,000 for every semester after.
SC/ST/EWS candidates are exempt from these tuition fees.
University fees will have to be paid directly to the University directly by the student.


  • All communications with the candidate will be by email only.
  • Kindly check this website for periodic updates.
  • In case of any application-related queries, please contact: phd.admn@rgcb.res.in
    Applicants should note that the Ph.D. program of RGCB is primarily designed to produce top-class Ph.D. holders who will drive future research programs in the country. Hence we would like to see our Ph.D. holders continue in active research by proceeding for suitable postdoctoral assignments and then as research scientists or young entrepreneurs in biotechnology. RGCB does not view as its main mandate production of Ph.D. holders primarily for teaching in colleges and universities, which may often need the Ph.D. degree to be in a particular domain (such as Zoology, Chemistry, or Botany). This may not be possible at RGCB where most degrees are granted in biotechnology or other interdisciplinary subjects.
  • Candidates who wish to have a career in teaching may find other universities or institutes where “subject-wise degrees” are given a better option. Applicants are advised to consider this aspect very carefully before applying for the Ph.D. program.

Important Dates:

  • 15th November 2021 [Monday] Date of advertisement in newspapers
  • 10th December 2021 [Friday] Last date of application
  • 17th December 2021 [Friday] Date of publication of the list of shortlisted candidates
  • 23rd, 24th December 2021 [Thursday & Friday] Date of online interview
  • 24th December 2021 [Friday] Publication of the list of selected candidates (Website)
  • On or before 3rd January 2022 [Monday] Date of remittance of fees
  • 10th, 11th January 2022 [Monday, Tuesday] Date of Hostel Check-in
  • 14th January 2022 [Friday] Date of joining Ph.D. program [Certificate verification, Joining Report, Consent letters]
  • 17th January 2022 [Monday] Date of commencement of Ph.D. Course Work

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