Ph.D at SJRI

Shortlisted Eligible Candidates for the Entrance Exam to be held on 1st December 2021

PhD at SJRI through Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE)

SJRI is currently recognized as Research Centre for the doctoral programme by the Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE).

Enrolled candidates will be guided by supervisors registered as guides under MAHE. While students will have to conform to the rules and regulations of MAHE, SJRI aims to ensure the highest quality and uniformity in academic standards for all admitted students. To fulfil this aim, students pursuing their doctoral programme at SJRI need to follow the Institute’s guidelines.

Interested students can view the prospectus HERE    

The calendar of events for admission into the doctoral program:


Date and Time

Prospectus and online application available on SJRI website

30th August 2021

Last date for submitting online application*

16th November 2021, 5.00 pm

Notification of short-listed candidates for entrance exam

20th November 2021, 5.00 pm

Entrance Test**

1st December 2021 between 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Notification of shortlisted candidates qualified for Interview on website

8th December 2021, 5.00 pm


13th December 2021 to 14th December 2021

Announcement of selected candidates on website

18th December 2021, 5.00 pm

Joining the doctoral program and fee payment

From 1st – 10th January 2022

*Online applications will be open for fellowship (JRF) candidates till 9th December for this round of applications.

Click Here for Online Application for JRFs

Click Here for Online Application for Non-JRFs

** SJRI reserves its rights in its sole discretion to re-schedule the test, without assigning any reasons thereof, and as warranted by the situation/circumstances.

To apply, candidates require a certificate of the eligible degree completed.

Vacancies are available for the Doctoral Programme at SJRI for students with or without UGC-CSIR-NET JRF / ICMR-JRF / DBT-JRF Category 1 Fellowship (with a stipend for a period of 5 years).

Candidates with JRF can apply throughout the year. These admissions are dependent on available positions with faculty with periodic interviews held.

Requirement for doctoral candidates by division


Proposed number of students (total)

Number restricted to students who have qualified for junior research fellowship with stipend (UGC-CSIR NET/DBT/ICMR) or equivalent

Eligibility (Qualifying degree) restrictions if any due to nature of proposed research

Area of research and details




Master’s/MPhil in Statistics or Biostatistics

Biostatistics: Alternative quantitative metrics for nutritional status among children.


Health and Humanities



MD in Community Medicine/General Medicine/Immunology. Master’s or MPhil in Public Health, Sociology, Psychology, Public Policy, Anthropology, Social Work, Nursing, Bioethics, Law

Vaccine hesitancy among the general public (Motivations and barriers towards vaccinations in urban and rural Bangalore)

Syllabus for Entrance Exam

Infectious Disease



MBBS/MD (Internal Medicine, Community Medicine, Microbiology)/Master’s/MPhil in Public Health, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology or BTech (Hons)/MTech in Biotechnology

Infectious Diseases Epidemiology, Infectious disease biology, host responses (SARS-CoV-2), translational research in infectious diseases





Master’s/MPhil in Food Science and Nutrition

Infant growth and development

Syllabus for Entrance Exam



Master’s in life sciences – that includes basic biochemistry and molecular biology training (Microbiology, biotechnology, biochemistry, medical biochemistry, genetics, biology, health sciences)

Biological Sciences in Public Health (Molecular metabolism, Molecular and cell biology, Molecular nutrition, Molecular physiology)

Syllabus for Entrance Exam



Master’s or MPhil in foods and nutrition/public health/epidemiology/life science

Human Nutrition, Public Health Nutrition, Mother and child nutrition

Syllabus for Entrance Exam

Mental health and neurosciences



Master’s/M Phil in Clinical Psychology/Psychology/ Social Work/ Psychiatric Nursing

Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Neuropsychology, Mental Health, Cognitive Neurosciences



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PS: Applications may be rejected without assigning any reasons thereof