CSIR-IIP has research program leading to a Ph.D. degree under the disciplines of chemical sciences, biological sciences and chemical engineering. The institute provides a vibrant and motivating atmosphere, which fosters creativity and encourages innovative thinking and research. CSIR-IIP selects JRFs fellows followed by an interview. Successful candidates are eligible to be registered as PhD candidates under AcSIR.
The PhD program consists of flexible course work, laboratory training, and research project to demonstrate attainment of a high degree of scientific ability which is followed by advanced research leading to a PhD thesis on a specific topic. The PhD program is normally completed in 4-5 years. During the first year, the students have to go through a course work covering basic and advanced topics. The students are encouraged to take courses in inter-disciplinary areas. Apart from the subject courses, short courses in research methodology, scientific communication and laboratory safety are mandatory for all the students.