Ph.D. Program at inStem
inStem offers an exciting Ph. D. program designed to train its research students in the fundamentals and translational applications of stem cell science. This program comprises features that will position its students to make internationally recognized discoveries and be competitive for positions in this field anywhere in the world. The backbone of the institute is the dynamic Ph.D. program. The unique theme-based organization of inStem drives the collaborative training and mentorship program that allows students to work with top scientists within and across the themes and gain experience working in an interdisciplinary environment.
inStem Ph.D. program is highly competitive with a rigorous selection process. The minimum eligibility criterion for admission to the program is a Bachelor's degree for the integrated Ph.D. program or a Master's degree for the Ph.D. program. Bachelor's or master's degrees can be in any basic science discipline. In addition, candidates should have qualified for national-level entrance exams. Upon documented fulfilment of these requirements, candidates can request an application package for the next phase of the selection procedure. Performance in the written test and the information requested in the application package are used to short-list candidates for interviews. The students selected after the interviews are registered at Regional Center for Biotechnology (RCB), an Institute of national Importance established by the Department of Biotechnology under the support of UNESCO and recognized through a special act of the Indian Parliament. Registration at RCB is contingent on clearing the coursework requirement and comprehensive examination, which tests students on the fundamental concepts of biology and their ability to frame research questions and methodology.
The students at instem are accessible to state of art technologies and world class facilities (https://www.instem.res.in/facilities/research) including the stem cell core animal care and resource center, central imaging and flowcyometery, mass spectrometry, next generation sequencing and cryo-electron microscopy facilities. Students on the campus are also provided with comfortable housing and an in-house canteen facility with subsidised prices (https://www.instem.res.in/people/campus-life-health-wellbeing). Students on campus are exposed to a range of seminars, conferences, and hands-on workshops in various fields of biology. This allows them to interact with eminent researchers from universities/institutes within and outside India. The students are encouraged to participate in the national and international meetings with solid effort made by the institute to support their travel. inStem offers extensive coursework designed to train students in new techniques and ways of thinking.
Scientific programs at inStem are multidisciplinary ranging from single molecules to model systems with major focus on stem cells. Students are encouraged to interact with other laboratories on the campus to establish collaborations to learn new techniques and ferment new ideas. Instem is committed to provide all the resources and amenities for the students in their pursuit for scientific excellency and the campus thrives to build on their accomplishments.