Pancharatnam Fellowships

A limited number of Pancharatnam Fellowships are available at the Raman Research Institute for young researchers with a demonstrated ability to conduct original and independent work. This fellowship is for three years and is usually offered to applicants who have completed at least one postdoctoral period after their doctorate.

Applications for Pancharatnam Fellowships are always welcome and there are no closing dates. Our offers are normally made in mid-February and mid-August. The processing time for applications is between four to six months. The candidate may be invited to visit the Institute and give a seminar and interact with researchers at the Institute, as part of the selection process.

Areas of current research at the Raman Institute are:


  • Cosmology and Galaxy Formation
  • Normal and Active Galaxies
  • Clusters of Galaxies
  • The Galaxy & the Interstellar Medium
  • The Intergalactic Medium
  • Neutron Stars and Pulsars
  • Polarization and Geometric Phases


  • Synthesis and Characterization of Liquid Crystals
  • Chemistry of Surfaces and Interfaces  


  • Bose-Einstein Condensation
  • Laser Cooling & Trapping of Atoms
  • Ultra-cold Molecules
  • Propagation of Light in Random Media
  • Quantum Optics and Quantum logic
  • Nonlinear Optics of Nanomaterials
  • Ultrafast Phenomena
  • Intense Laser Field Interactions


  • Radio and X-ray Astronomy
  • Liquid Crystal Displays


  •  Liquid Crystals
  • Amphiphilic Systems
  • Colloids
  • Polymer Physics
  • Surface Science
  • Experimental Biological Physics


  • Condensed Matter & Statistical Physics
  • Classical & Quantum Gravity
  • Gravitational Waves
  • Physics in Biology
  • Differential Geometry in Physics

Pancharatnam Fellowship appointments are for three years. Selected candidates will be paid a Fellowship of Rs 65000 per month during the first year with annual enhancements of Rs 3000 plus 24% of the fellowship as HRA.

Pancharatnam Fellows are expected to be able to work independently at the Raman Institute and have the academic freedom of choice in research area and collaboration. Nevertheless, it is desirable that applicants have professional research interest and proven track record in areas with significant overlap or association with the ongoing and envisaged activities at the Institute so that scientific interactions and collaborations take place.

RRI values interactions and does not desire that members work in isolation: participation in the academic activities of the Institute and collaboration with other research staff is encouraged. Many of the research groups are engaged in experimental activities and opportunities may exist for resident research fellows to participate. The appointments do not entail any teaching responsibilities.

Interested candidates should submit their (a) Curriculum Vitae, (b) List of Publications, (c) A resume detailing their previous research and other academic activities, (d) A statement outlining their anticipated research activities while at the Raman Institute (In the case of Pancharatnam Fellows, the selection would be substantially weighted by their research proposal for the work that they aim to do at RRI) and (e) Three letters of reference from people familiar with your work to be sent directly to @email. The letters of reference should reach us within three weeks from the date of application. Such letters will be made available to only those involved in decision making. Applicants may inform referees that RRI anticipates receiving considered comments, foremost, on the suitability of the candidate for a fellowship at RRI; additionally, on the demonstrated ability and potential for independent comprehensive work – both in identifying new research problems and taking ideas to conclusion. RRI would like to know how long the referee has known the applicant and in what capacity. RRI would like to have the comments of the referee on the track record and ability of the candidate to interact and communicate effectively with peers, including comments on the experience of the referee in their interactions with the candidate and an assessment on whether the candidate might be able to adapt comfortably to living conditions prevailing in India and at RRI.

We prefer to receive applications and supporting letters in soft copy. The preferred format is PDF files. To avoid confusion all application files should be attached to a single email message. These may be sent to @email