During 2012-2013 the institute initiated the integrated PhD program, which is meant for students who have completed an undergraduate degree from elsewhere and wish to pursue the Masters and PhD program at IISER Mohali. This program identifies talented students at an early stage and brings them into the research fold. About 60 students have been admitted to this stream in the last three years.
The integrated PhD program consists of two years of course work and research projects. Qualifying students can then go on to do a PhD at the institute under the guidance of any faculty member. Under normal circumstances, the integrated PhD program saves one year for the student as the course work enables them to progress at a much faster pace than a student in a typical Msc/PhD program.
Besides research, the scholars are involved in several activities such as helping the faculty as teaching assistants in theory courses and laboratory sessions. PhD students are also expected to participate actively in seminars, journal clubs, workshops, etc. There is considerable interaction amongst students at different levels and PhD students contribute significantly to mentoring fifth year MS students in research laboratories.
Admissions to the program are carried out once a year. Applications are invited in March of each year through an advertisement on the IISER Mohali website.