ICMR School of Public Health

PhD Program in Epidemiology

Affliated to Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University

Highly motivated individuals with good academic credentials and keen desire to pursue rese​arch in area of epidemiological science are invited to apply for the PhD programme in Epidemiology at the ICMR - National Institute of Epidemiology [ICMR-NIE] recognised by The Tamil Nadu Dr.MGR Medical University(TNMGRMU), Chennai.

ICMR-NIE is one of the permanent institutes of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Department of Health Research (DHR) of Govt. of India. ICMR-NIE, based in Chennai is ICMR's flagship organization that focuses on training and research in epidemiology and public health (www.nie.gov.in). The ICMR-NIE conducts/co-ordinates epidemiological studies in communicable, non-communicable diseases and health systems research. It has extensive collaborative partnerships with various national, international institutes and agencies. ICMR-NIE is a WHO collaborating centre for leprosy research and epidemiology. ICMR-NIE has the principal mandate to develop the sciences of epidemiology and support capacity building in this area under the auspices of ICMR School of Public Health.


Indian Nationals only are eligible to apply.


Applications  will be called for specific academic year. Details will be made available at NIE home page

Separate application to be submitted to the University as per PhD guidelines (after selection at ICMR –NIE


Fee Details

Application Fee: Rs. 1,000/- (One time)

Research Proposal Review Fee: Rs. 4,000/- (One time after selection at ICMR – NIE)

Tuition Fee: Rs.25,000/- (Per year for candidate provisionally registered with TNMGRMU)

TNMGRU: Applicable fees to be paid to the University as per Ph.D guidelines

Bank details for online fee transfer



Branch Name with Address : AMBATTUR BRANCH CHENNAI                                                         
Account Number: 0936201002864

IFSC Code: CNRB0000936

Screening of applications for eligibility

Applications will be screened for eligibility as per University guidelines. Eligible candidates will be called for personal discussion at ICMR-NIE.

Personal discussion at ICMR-NIE for candidates qualifying the eligibility criteriA

While appearing for the personal discussion the candidates have to bring attested copies and originals of the relevant documents (Mark sheets and passing certificates of higher secondary examination i.e. 10+2 onwards, proof of date of birth and JRF award certificate, if applicable). No TA/DA will be paid for attending the personal discussion. ICMR – NIE Academic Committee will also assess requirement for additional course work in research methods on a case-to-case basis.

Research proposal review by ICMR-NIE Academic Committee

Candidates short-listed after personal discussion should submit their PhD research proposal for review by ICMR-NIE Academic Committee

Selection Process

The decision of the ICMR-NIE Academic Committee / Director, ICMR-NIE will be final and no correspondence will be entertained in this regard. The decision the Director, ICMR-NIE to assign PhD guide/co-guide will be final. Canvassing in any form and/or bringing in any influence will mount to disqualification. Candidates should note that non-fulfillment of the eligibility criterion will result in cancellation of candidature at any stage of PhD programme.

Research proposal review by ICMR-NIE-Institutional Ethics Committee (Academic)

Research proposals approved by ICMR-NIE Academic Committee should be submitted for review and approval by ICMR-NIE-Institutional Ethics Committee (Academic).

Application for Eligibility Certificate at TNMGRMU

Candidates should apply for the Eligibility Certificate to TNMGRMU in stipulated time as per University guidelines. PhD registration is subject to approval of Eligibility Certificate by TNMGRMU.
Application for issue of Eligibility Certificate is available from  TNMGRMU

Provisional registration with TNMGRMU

After obtaining the Eligibility certificate, selected candidates should apply for provisional registration to TNMGRMU in stipulated time as per University guidelines.