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Ph.D. Programme

Kerala Forest Research Institute admits students for Ph.D. Degree in three Universities namely FRI University (FRI-U), Dehradun, University of Calicut (CU) and Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT). The subject areas for Ph.D in KFRI are Botany, Zoology, Environmental Sciences, Biotechnology, Silviculture, Forest Seed Technology, Forest Genetics, Forest Botany, Forest Pathology, Forest Entomology, Soil Science, Forest Ecology & Environment, Forest Management, Wood Science & Technology, Chemistry of Forest Products, Non Wood Forest Products (NWFP), Forest Biotechnology, Environment Management, Wildlife Science and Plant Physiology.


  1. Applicants with a first class Post Graduate Degree in Life Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Biotechnology, Agriculture, Forestry or Social Sciences are eligible to apply if she/he has a fellowship from ongoing research project at KFRI (with a minimum of three-years of fellowship) or have a valid research fellowship from UGC, CSIR, 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 conducted at KFRI.


Candidates with who satisfy minimum requirements will have to make a presentation of research topic at KFRI before Research Advisory Committee (RAC) 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 Computer applications, Statistics and Basic forestry. 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 PhD Course work etc can be downloaded from here.

For more details on the PhD programme contact:
    Dr. V.Anitha
    Principal Scientist
    Ph.D. Programme Advisory Committee- Chairperson
    Nodal Officer, FRI(D)U
    Phone: Phone: 91 - 487 - 2690303/ Mobile 91 9495170665
List of ongoing PhD programs with details