Admission for Ph.D. Program 2023

The Centre for Brain Research (CBR) invites applications from eligible and highly motivated Indian nationals for admission to its full-time Ph.D. Program beginning on 01 August 2023.

CBR is a recognized research centre for Ph.D. program by Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Karnataka. The Ph.D. degree will be awarded by MAHE.  

CBR promotes interdisciplinary research in basic and clinical neuroscience to understand brain aging and aging-related brain disorders. These studies involve advanced genetic, biochemical, neuroimaging, neurocognitive, and computational approaches using multiple model systems. Besides supporting basic research in diverse areas of neurodegeneration and human genomics, CBR spearheads community-based mission-mode projects with significant implications for the aging population. CBR has state-of-the-art Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), GWAS, imaging, and other facilities to enable this research.


Master’s degree in any branch of science or four-year bachelor’s degree in any branch of Medicine/ Engineering/ Technology/ Pharmacy/ Veterinary Science.  Candidates in the final year of their respective courses are also eligible to apply, provided they successfully complete the course before July 31, 2023.  

Preference would be given to those who have qualified national-level fellowship tests, such as CSIR-UGC NET for JRF/ UGC NET for JRF/ DBT-JRF/ ICMR-JRF/ INSPIRE fellowship (for Ph.D.).  

Candidates interested to work in research areas (such as molecular neuroscience, human genetics, bioinformatics, clinical science, and neuroimaging) aligned with the mandate and vision of CBR are encouraged to apply.

For specific information about available Ph.D. projects, please click here.

Application and Selection

Candidates should apply online [Closed]. Applications submitted through any other channel will not be processed. Shortlisted candidates will be called for in-person interviews at CBR in mid-June 2023. Selection will be based on academic record and interview performance.

Important Dates

Launch of online application24 April 2023, Monday
Application submission deadline15 May 2023, Monday
Announcement of shortlisted candidates26 May 2023, Friday (tentative)
First round of interviews (online) Late May/early June 2023 (tentative)
Final round of interviews (in-person)
List of selected Candidates
Week of 19 June 2023 (tentative)
Commencement of Ph.D. program01 August 2023, Tuesday

Candidates admitted to the Ph.D. program undergo extensive coursework that involves learning of basics and advanced neuroscience, genomics, computational biology, stem cell biology, biostatistics, and neuroimaging. Details of the courses offered at CBR are available here.

Further details of the program are available in the CBR Handbook for Ph.D. Students.

Please visit this page regularly for announcements and updates. Queries may be addressed to

Last Updated on July 14, 2023