The main goal of a post-Doctoral fellowship is to develop your professional and academic skills while still under the mentorship of an experienced researcher. You will likely have more flexibility in terms of the funding you apply for and the direction of your research. Post-Doctoral scholars should demonstrate broad knowledge within their discipline and detailed knowledge of their specific research area. They should understand the gaps, limits, and challenges within their research area such that they can develop testable hypotheses. A post-doc serves as a transitional period between being a doctorate student and obtaining full-time professional experience. The details of the national and state funding agencies are given below.

The international students can also apply for some of the postdoctoral programmes in India.

1. CSIR-Nehru Science Postdoctoral Fellowship
2. National Post Doctoral Fellowship (N-PDF)
3. UGC-Post Doctoral Fellowship to Women Candidates
4. Post-Doctoral Fellowship to SC/ST Candidates
5. ICSSR Post-Doctoral Fellowship
6. UGC-Dr. D. S. Kothari Postdoctoral Fellowship
7. KSCSTE Post-Doctoral Fellowship
8. DST Scheme for Young Scientists and Technologists
9. UGC-Dr S Radhakrishnan Post-Doctoral Fellowship
10. Chief Minister’s Nava Kerala Post Doctoral Fellowship

Centre for Water Resources Development and Management (CWRDM) admits students for Ph.D. Degree in three Universities namely University of Calicut (CU) and Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS). The subject areas for Ph.D in CWRDM are Botany, Environmental Sciences, Hydrology, Groundwater Hydrology, Hydro geophysics, Geology, Coastal processes, Marine Sciences, Remote Sensing & GIS, Agriculture, Agricultural Engineering, Fisheries Technology etc.


  1. Applicants with a first class Post Graduate Degree in Agriculture Engineering, Fisheries Technology, Chemical Sciences, Botany, Geology, Geophysics, Environmental Science, Coastal Processes, Remote Sensing & GIS, Hydrochemistry and Marine Chemistry are eligible to apply if she/he has a fellowship from ongoing research project at CWRDM (with a minimum of three-years of fellowship) or have a valid research fellowship from UGC, CSIR, DST and DBT (Category A only)
  2. Candidates awaiting final exam results can also apply. However only those candidates with a valid certificate will be allowed to appear for the selection interview.
  3. Candidates (except those with UGC-CSIR fellowship) will have to pass the eligibility/qualifying examination of the respective universities.


Candidates with who satisfy minimum requirements will have to make a presentation of research topic at CWRDM before Research Advisory Committee (RAC) under Academic Cell and subsequently submit their application to respective university. Six months of course work is mandatory for all the Ph.D. scholars. Students have to undergo course work in three papers namely Research methodology, Broad area of research and Core subject area. Students are expected to submit the thesis before completion of the fellowship tenure. Extension beyond this time will be given after recommendation from the RAC on a case to case basis.

Subject areas, Qualification for admission in doctoral program, Syllabus of the Ph.D Course work etc. can be downloaded from here.

For more details on the Ph.D programme contact:

           Dr. Manoj P. Samuel

           Executive Director
           Ph.D. Programme Advisory Committee- Chairperson
           CWRDM, Kozhikode - 673571
           Phone: Phone: 91 - 495 - 2351800/ 2351 804, Mobile: +91 9544050780

PhD Admission 2023 - Vacancy Details                                                                                                              1.04.2023                                                                                

Sl.No Name of the Guide Name of the University Faculty/Department Area of Specialization Vacancy position(s) for which the Guide intends to take Ph.D Scholars under any time category
1 Dr. Manoj P. Samuel KUFOS Faculty of Fishery Engineering Agriculture Engineering, Fisheries Technology 2
2 Dr. U. Surendran Calicut University Faculty of Sciences Botany 2
    CUSAT Faculty of Sciences Environmental Science 4
3 Dr. C. P. Priju CUSAT Faculty of Marine Science Marine Geology and Geophysics 4
    KUFOS Faculty of Ocean Science and Technology Marine Science 2
4 Dr. Arun P. R. CUSAT Faculty of Marine Science Marine Geology and Geophysics 4
    KUFOS Faculty of Ocean Science and Technology Marine Science 1
5 Dr. K. Ch. V. Nagakumar KUFOS Faculty of Ocean Science and Technology Coastal processes, Remote Sensing and GIS 2
6 Dr. Dipu Sukumaran KUFOS Faculty of Ocean Science and Technology Environmental Science, Hydrochemistry 2
7 Dr. Renjith K R KUFOS Faculty of Ocean Science and Technology Environmental Science, Marine Chemistry 1
8 Dr. Smitha V. S. CUSAT Faculty of Sciences Applied Chemistry 4
9 Dr. Jayasooran K. K CUSAT Faculty of Sciences Environmental Sciences 4
10 Dr. Raicy M C CUSAT Faculty of Marine Sciences Hydrogeology 4
11 Dr. Chithra V S CUSAT Faculty of Environmental Studies Environmental Engineering 4


Useful links:

           PhD programme in CUSAT

           PhD programme in KUFOS 

           Online admission portal KUFOS