Bengaluru: The Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), II Block, Koramangala has invited application for the various Internship Programmes offered by it, with the aim of promoting interest in Scientific Research among other Institutions/University/College students.

Those selected, will work on specific projects under the supervision of academic staff of IIA. The programme runs throughout the academic year, except during May-July, when IIA conducts Summer School Programmes.

The different schemes offered are the following:

Course projects: Students who are in the final year of B.E/B.Tech/M.Sc/M.Phil/M.Tech can undertake their final year project work towards partial fulfillment of their degree course in IIA. The duration of such projects can be from 6 to 9 months.

Short-term projects: Students, who are in the pre-final year of B.E/B.Tech/M.Sc/M.Tech or final year B.Sc. or within 6 months after the completion of their B.E/B.Tech/B.Sc/M.Sc/M.Tech, can undertake a short-term project at IIA. The duration of such project is from 6 weeks to 6 months only.

PhD students from other institutions: Students who are doing their PhD in other Institutions/Universities/Colleges can visit IIA for collaborative work with IIA faculty. The total duration of this collaborative visit must not exceed 3 months in an academic year.

INSPIRE/KVPY fellows: Students with INSPIRE/KVPY fellowship can undertake short-term projects with IIA faculty. The duration of the project is from 6 weeks to 3 months only.

Post-PhD: Students who have submitted their PhD within the last 6 months can visit IIA for a period not exceeding 6 months. They will be given stipend from IIA only if they are not getting funding from any other sources.

Eligibility: Applicants should have consistently good academic record with more than 55% marks in Mathematics and Science from 10th standard onwards.

Financial support: Students will be selected for the Internship under two categories, without stipend (Category A) & with stipend (Category B). A stipend of Rs. 10,000/ per month (pro-rated) will be given to students of category-B, selected for internship at IIA Bangalore campus. Accommodation will not be provided. Those students selected for IIA field stations under category-B will be given Rs. 5,000/ per month (pro-rated). Accommodation may be provided to them depending upon the availability.

Students of both categories will be given return travel fare by second-class sleeper/bus from the place of residence/college to IIA, at the time of joining.

Students of both categories are eligible for subsidized food in IIA canteens, access to library and computing facilities.

Local students, who are permanent residents of Bangalore City: College students, who wish to pursue the projects related to their degree courses, are not given any financial assistance. Students who have completed their degree courses in recent past (within 6 months) are given stipend of Rs. 5000/- per month if they are working at IIA regularly, and in some deserving cases full stipend may be given if staying in PGs/hostels.

The INSPIRE/KVPY fellows/PhD students from other institutes and getting external funding/fellowship will not be given stipend and travel support.

Terms and Conditions: The Intern has to attend the institute on all working days except when attending course related projects. They are encouraged not to take leave except under exceptional circumstances and under intimation to Board of Graduate Studies (BGS) and their guide with the reason for it.

The fellowship will be terminated at any time, if the performance of the student during the course of the project work is not satisfactory.

Extension can be requested subject to satisfactory performance of the student. The total tenure, including the extension, should not exceed six months, except for the cases where the student is self-funded or the project is part of a course extending more than six months. Request for extension must be made at least three weeks prior to the completion of the current tenure.

The Intern must present a seminar and submit a project report signed by the mentor to BGS, towards the end of the tenure. This can be held in the last two weeks of the tenure. The seminar will be arranged by the mentor under intimation to the BGS on the date and time, about ten days in advance. Representatives of BGS or a committee set up by the BGS will attend the talk and go through the report and evaluate the work. The final payment of fellowship will be withheld, for those failing to comply. The mentor may be restricted from taking new interns for next 6 months.

All queries related to projects at IIA (with or without support) should be addressed to

Application: Online Application can be submitted through the Online Application link at,  latest by October 20, 2017.

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