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The Indian Institute of Public Health, Delhi is pleased to announce ‘Call for applications for the PhD Program’, affiliated to Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR).


The doctoral degree program in various areas of public health will enable PhD scholars to be future thought leaders in public health. The aim of this doctoral program is to generate knowledge and evidence in public health using scientific & innovative research and develop expertise in specific areas under public health to provide advanced knowledge, mastery of skills in leadership, management, communication, and innovative thinking.

About the Program

The aim of PhD program in a multi-disciplinary area of public health is to provide training to enhance professional abilities of scholars in research, problem solving, and critical thinking to address public health issues and establish them as thought leaders in public health.

Degree Awarding and Registering body

Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI)- Indian Institute of Public Health, Delhi in collaboration with Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) brings you this unique opportunity of doing PhD in the areas of public health. The degree (PhD in Sciences) will be awarded by Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research. For more information, please visit

Categories of PhD Students

PhD students will be admitted under following categories:

Applicants with mandatory funding support/ grant/ fellowship for whom minimum residency will be 3 years.

A student in this category may either be sponsored by a recognized industrial R&D organization, academic institution (universities/colleges), government organization including PSUs and autonomous bodies, reputed industries (as may be recognized by this Institute) or self-sponsored for doing research at the Institute. The Institute will not provide any assistantship/fellowship to such a student. Prospective applicants applying under ‘Sponsored Category’ with NOC from their employer w.r.t fulfilling all the required conditions of coursework and minimum required residency may be considered irrespective of the funding arrangement between the candiate and their employer. Such candidates are expected to arrange their own funding for the research activities and sustenance. The minimum residency under this category will be 6 months.

Eligibility Criteria

Educational Qualification

  • Candidates with a consistently good academic record having Master’s degree in Public Health, any streams of Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics (STEAM), Social Sciences, Medical, Dentistry and allied fields, AYUSH (Alternative System of Medicine in India), Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Nursing and Veterinary science, Demography, Nutrition, Social Work, Law, Business Administration or any other relevant areas.

Other Essential Criteria

  • Candidates must have fellowship/scholarship or project funding support (assured for at least 3 yrs) while applying under regular category.
  • Minimum 2 years of relevant job experience is must while applying under sponsored category.

PhD Duration

Minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 6 years for both the categories – regular and sponsored.

Application Process

  • Applicants will have to apply online only.
  • Documents to be uploaded with the online application:
    • Degree certificates and marks sheets of Under-Graduation, Post-Graduation and any other relevant qualifications
    • At least 2 years Work experience certificate if applying under ‘Sponsored Category”
    • Fellowship/Scholarship/Funding Support Letter if applying under “Regular Category”
    • Research Ideas (Your tentative research area/question that you want to work on in PhD, Public Health Relevance. Word limit – Max. 500 word)
    • Statement of Purpose (Max 1000 words)
    • No Objection Certificate from Employer
    • Caste Certificate (SC/ST/OBC/PH/EWS for General Category)
    • Latest Curriculum Vitae/ Resume

Selection Process

Selection will be based on an interview by the selection committee. During interview, shortlisted applications may present their previous past experience and research idea using slides (max 5 slides) in 5-7 mins, which will be followed by Q & A by selection committee.

Supervisor and Co-Supervisor(s) for the Doctoral Program

The primary-supervisor can be from either PHFI/IIPHs or AcSIR depending on the topic and mutual consensus.
AcSIR Faculty List – (check ‘Faculty at Academic Centres Tab’)
IIPH Delhi Faculty List –