Post-Doctoral Programme




Regular Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Applications are invited from candidates with a Ph.D degree in Physical / Mathematical Sciences from a recognized University / Institute. The Institute offers challenging opportunities to young researchers working in theory, observation and instrumentation in various areas of research in the field of astronomy and astrophysics. The duration of the fellowship is normally two years, with a possible extension for another year. Candidates should preferably be below the age of 36 years.
IIA operates major observatories across the country: IIA operates major observatories across the country: the Indian Astronomical Observatory, Hanle, Ladakh, the Vainu Bappu Observatory, Kavalur, Kodaikanal Solar Observatory,Kodaikanal, the Gauribidanur Observatory, Gauribidanur. IIA is also a key partner in the ultraviolet telescope payload (UVIT) onboard India’s first multi-wavelength space observatory ASTROSAT, and in India’s participation in the next generation mega optical and infrared telescope facility, the “Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) International Observatory” or TIO. India-TMT ,UVIT and other IIA approved externally funded projects may have openings for post doctoral positions. Interested candidates are directed to the respective web pages for the same.

Selected candidates, as post doctoral fellows, are expected to work in close collaboration with members of the research groups at the institute and are also encouraged to carry out independent research.

Emoluments: IIA offers a fixed fellowship of Rs 40,000 p.m with annual increment of Rs. 1500 p.m. Other allowances such as house rent, book grants (Rs 10,000/year), medical facility are offered in accordance with the prevailing rules of the institute. IIA has limited accommodation for PDFs which will be provided subject to availability and need as assessed by the committee, case by case.

All IIA (internal candidates) applicants must have successfully completed viva-voce at the time of review. Successful IIA applicants will be offered PDF position for a maximum of one year.

Chandrasekhar Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Applications are invited from exceptionally bright candidates with outstanding academic credentials for the award of 'Chandrasekhar Post-Doctoral Fellowships'in all areas of astronomy and astrophysics. Applications are invited from exceptionally bright candidates with outstanding academic credentials for the award of 'Chandrasekhar Post-Doctoral Fellowships’ in all areas of astronomy and astrophysics.

The fellowship is for a period of two years with a possibility of an extension for one more year. Candidates should be ordinarily below the age of 32 years.

Emoluments: The monthly stipend is Rs. 50,000/- to Rs. 55,000/- for candidates with up to 2 years post-doctoral experience and Rs.55,000/- to 60,000/- for those with more than 2 years experience. Chandra Fellows would be entitled to an annual contingency grant of Rs.2,00,000/-, as well as to housing (subject to availability), medical and other benefits in accordance with the prevailing rules of the institute. Travel support by economy air fare will be available at the time of taking up the assignment. Chandra Fellows may choose their own research topics or collaborate with groups or individuals in the institute.

How to apply to both programmes

  • The applications will be accepted four times a year, with deadlines for applications fixed at December 31, March 31, June 30, September 30.
  • The applications will be reviewed every quarter, in the first week of January, April, July and October. Under special circumstances, the committee may review applications at other times as well.
  • Applicants are advised to send their completed applications at least 3 weeks before the respective review dates.

The application can be made online and the instructions are given here
Use the following addresses for communication:
Post Doctoral Programme
Indian Institute of Astrophysics,
Bangalore - 560034,

Externally funded Post Doctoral Fellows (National PDFs, INSPIRE Fellows and PDFs funded by other Government bodies)

  • Candidates who wish to be hosted at IIA, may directly write to Dean Academic ( along with all the relevant documents for consideration and review at least one month in advance.
  • Selected candidates will be provided necessary infrastructure by the institute, such as office space, furniture, desktop computer, printer.
  • National PDFs will be provided medical and other benefits as per institute norms on par with IIA PDF.
  • Candidates research grants will be used for domestic travel, laptops, books, minor equipment ( in case of experiments), and any other research related expenses.
Application form for PDF programme