Summer Internship Programme

Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), an autonomous unit of the Department of Space, Government of India, conducts basic research in the areas of Astronomy, Astrophysics, Solar Physics, Earth, Planetary & Space Atmospheric Sciences, Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics and Theoretical Physics. The Laboratory has several world-class experimental and computing facilities spread over its four campuses at Navrangpura and Thaltej, Ahmedabad, Infrared Observatory at Mt. Abu, and Solar Observatory at Udaipur.
Applications are invited from academically outstanding and highly motivated post-graduate students and college teachers of Indian Nationality for the Summer Internship Programme to be held ONLY in ONLINE MODE by the Physical Research Laboratory from May 10 to July 9, 2021. The participants will work on a specific project via ONLINE mode in association with a faculty member of the institute.

In view of the extraordinary conditions prevailing due to COVID-19 pandemic students selected to work on projects will be permitted to carry out their project ONLY via remote/online mode (for both, teachers and students), keeping in constant touch with the assigned guide. Please note that physical visit to PRL will not be possible and no visitor passes will be issued.
List of available projects

Eligibility criteria and other details about the Programme for Students

Eligibility criteria
- B.Tech. (in applied sciences) / B.Sc./ B.S. / B.S.-M.S. / M.Sc. / M.Sc. (Integrated) / M.Sc. (Tech.)/M.Tech. (applied sciences) students of Physics, Applied Physics, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Optics/Applied Optics, Laser Physics, Space Physics, Geology, Geophysics, Atmospheric Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Meteorology, Chemistry, Ocean Sciences, and related subjects

-Students who are in the first Year of M.Sc. (pre-final year), 3rd and 4th year Integrated M.Sc., 3rd year B.Sc.*, 3rd or final year B.Tech.*/ B.S.*, 4th or final year B.S.-M.S.* are eligible to apply.
*Preference will be given to candidates who are KVPY/DST INSPIRE fellows and no FELLOWSHIP from PRL will be paid to such candidates.
- We expect prospective candidates to have reasonably good proficiency in basic physics and mathematics.
- A minimum of 60% marks at both Bachelor’s and Master’s level are required.
- The Summer Internship Programme is open for students studying in Indian Universities/Institutes.

Please note that the students studying in any discipline of engineering are not eligible to apply in this program.

Duration: about eight weeks May 10 - July 09, 2021.

Eligibility criteria and other details about the Program for Teachers

Eligibility criteria
Teachers having academic background in Physics, Applied Physics, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Optics, Laser Physics, Space Physics, Geology, Geophysics, Atmospheric Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Meteorology, Chemistry, Ocean Sciences, and related subjects and presently teaching at postgraduate / graduate level with interest in pursuing research in any of the research areas of PRL are invited to apply for the summer internship program.
The application must be forwarded through the Head/Principal of the institution. Any application received without this recommendation will not be considered. The selected candidates will be informed through e-mail. No interim queries in this connection will be entertained.

Duration: 8 weeks, May 10 - July 09, 2021.

Essential Qualifications: Five years of teaching experience, demonstrated interest in research as evidenced by research publications/research projects and a Ph.D. degree.
All the selected candidates (students/teachers) will work on projects in association with a faculty member in any of the four campuses of PRL.

How To Apply :

  1. Please register by submitting your application via online mode between 29.03.2021 to 16.04.2021
  2. Only applications received in the prescribed online format will be considered.
  3. Upon registration, applicants will be provided with an on-line Application Id, which should be carefully preserved for future reference. The unique e-mail ID of the applicant needs to be given in the application (E-mail id not to be shared with any other student for application purpose).
  4. The on-line application for PG students has to be followed-up with an online recommendation letter for which a link will be sent to two references as provided by the applicant. Mark sheets / certificates are not needed.
  5. No need to send printed copy of an on-line application.
  6. After the online application submission of your application, it is required that a soft copies of forwarding by the Head of the institution/college along with leave approval be sent via e-mail to headas@prl.res.in on or before 16.04.2021.
  7. It will be difficult to consider any request to alter the dates of the summer internship program.

The selected candidates will be informed through e-mail. No interim queries in this regard will be entertained.

General Instructions :

  1. All the applications received will be screened and the final selection will be based on merit. Normally NOT more than ONE students may be offered the Project training in the same project topic. Final selection will be based purely based on the availability of projects. Wards of PRL employee are given preference as a welfare measure to PRL fraternity.
  2. No student should contact any official(s) at PRL directly.
  3. The selected applicants report, online, to the Head, Academic Services, with letters from the respective colleges/universities. An online e-reporting format will be shared with the selected students.
  4. Please note that the mode of training will be ONLINE only.
  5. Selected students will get an opportunity to work on specific ongoing/study project of their discipline under the guidance of a PRL faculty. The topic of the available projects is listed in the link given above.
  6. The experts will review the students' projects towards the end of the training period in online mode. After the recommendation from the reviewers, a soft copy of the of the Project report duly e-certified by the Project Guide, should be submitted to the Head, Academic Services, PRL, ,This should be done before the end of the programme.
  7. The results will not be used/published in any manner without the written permission of PRL.
  8. Hostel accommodation, visit of the PRL campuses, and stipend will not be admissible, and requests for the same shall not be entertained.

Important Dates:

Opening Date for Online Registration (for student applicants): 29 March 2021

Closing Date for Online Registration: 16 April 2021 (23:59 Hrs.)

Frequently Asked Questions for Summer Internship Programme (SIP):

  1. How much GPA / % is required to get admission into the SIP?
    There is no cut-off GPA / % that is needed for the SIP. We look at the overall profile while making a decision. This includes academic performance as evinced by grades/GPA, referee reports, your write up, etc. However, a minimum of 60% (first class) is mandatory at undergraduate and postgraduate levels (until the last semester exam qualified).
  2. Who can apply? / What are the eligibility criteria for students to apply?
    The common eligibility criteria for students to apply for the SIP program is Students who are in the first Year of M.Sc. (pre-final year), 3rd and 4th year Integrated M.Sc., 3rd year B.Sc.*, 3rd or final year B.Tech.*/ B.S.*, 4th or final year B.S.-M.S.* are only eligible to apply.
    *Preference will be given to candidates who are KVPY/DST INSPIRE fellows and no FELLOWSHIP from PRL will be paid to such candidates.
    Students who have applied to the SIP before but NOT selected can also apply.
  3. I`m a Ph.D. student at XXXX University. Can I apply for the SIP?
    The SIP program is primarily aimed at providing research experience to pre-doctoral (undergraduate, Masters) students. Thus, Ph.D. students are not eligible for the SIP.
  4. I will be having my semester exams sometime in June due to which there might be a clash with the research program schedule. Could you please clarify as to whether this clash could be avoided? If you can reschedule your program, then the clash can be avoided.
    The SIP is a VERY INTENSIVE program, and we do not encourage students to take off in the middle or reschedule the timings. If you are NOT free for the ENTIRE period, please do NOT apply for the SIP.
  5. If any program is available for XXXX Engg. related research or for pre-final year XXXX Engg. Student, is the student eligible for SIP in PRL?
    Please note that the students studying in any discipline of engineering are not eligible to apply in this program.
  6. I am doing my MSc physics at IIT-X. I wanted to know how many students do you take from IITX?
    We have no fixed number of students that we take from any institution. However, as we take ~30 students typically from all over India, very often, only 1 or 2 students are taken from a single institution, though this depends primarily on the merit of the student and availability of projects.
  7. I am doing an MSc in Physics. I am super interested in going for a summer project on the topic "High Energy Physics/Astrophysics/Quantum communication etc......" Please mail me more information about the project as soon as possible so that I can apply for.......
    The students can look at the list of projects and give their preference in the application form. Depending on your interest and competency, the concerned faculty member will assign you a project (if you are selected), and you will together decide on the details of the project. If you would like to work in a very particular area, please mention, your interests in the SIP application form (under any other relevant information).
  8. I am from India, but I am currently pursuing my undergraduate studies at the foreign University (US/Europe etc.). I am interested in applying to SIP.
    At present, the SIP admits only those students pursuing their studies at institutions within India. We, however, would encourage you to visit PRL and interact with members in your area of interest when you visit India.
  9. Is it compulsory to have detailed knowledge about the particular research topic of interest?
    While no specialized knowledge is necessary, we expect you to have a very thorough understanding of what is typically taught at the Pre-Final year level.
  10. Are we to undertake a project on the research topic and finish it in the two-month time, or is it a chance to read and enhance my knowledge on a particular topic.
    You will be working on a focused research project and finish it in 8 weeks duration.
List of Projects for PRL's Summer Internship program 2021
SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM Online Application – 2021 (SIP2021)