The Visiting Students’ Research Programme (VSRP-2017) will be held at TIFR, Mumbai during the period May 8 to July 5, 2017.

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) conducts annual summer programmes in which talented students are introduced to research activities in the areas of Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics.

The selected students are expected to work on a research project under the supervision of a TIFR researcher.

The programmes are held both at the Mumbai campus of the TIFR as well as at the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA), Pune during mid May to early July each year.

TIFR pursues basic research primarily in Astronomical, Biological, Chemical and Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Theoretical Computer Science and Systems Science (including Communications & Applied Probability) and runs a graduate program leading to a Ph.D. in all these areas.

We encourage applications from motivated students who have completed at least two years of undergraduate coursework in science and engineering fields.


Physics/Chemistry/Biology/Mathematics/ Computer & Systems Sciences :

1) Two years of undergraduate course work in an academic institution.
2) Should not have particpated in VSRP before.
Please note that the VSRP programme is for students currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s or Master’s programme and not for PhD students or faculty members.


Selection is purely based on the academic performance of the student, submitted write-up and referee reports.  There is no selection test/interview.


Selected students are paid a monthly stipend @ Rs 7000/- per month and to and fro travel re-imbursement from the place of their residence.  Also, free shared accommodation on- or off- campus is provided.

How to apply

Students are encouraged to apply online.

1. Registration includes two steps : First complete basic registration step by clicking the “Apply Online” button given below.

2. During the basic registration, “Prefered Subject” indicates TIFR subject area you are applying for (Physics / Chemistry / Biology / Mathematics / Computer & Systems Sciences).

3. After completing basic registration, an email will be sent to you with a link for advanced registration.  Before proceeding to advanced registration, please keep the following ready :

a) Scanned photo (.jpg file of size not exceeding 100kb ) of your passport size photograph.

b) Students can select upto 2 departments, and for each department, they can fill in two areas of interest from the options available in the menu. Please read the Information Brochure before you fill this section.

c) A write-up of up to 400 words, describing your interest in the most preferred field of study has to be provided in the appropriate box. The write up should not contain special characters. In particular, use of equations in write-ups is strongly discouraged.

d) Names, Affiliation, Designation, Contact address (both e-mail and physical address) and contact phone number of  two referees who would be filling referee reports for you. They should be teachers or persons with whom you have interacted academically.

The link for filling up the Referee Report Form online will be sent by email to both Referees after complete registration.

Students from remote areas who do not have access to internet can send a request for application form along with a self-addressed stamped envelope of Rs 20/- to :

Superscribed (VSRP-2017)

Must See:  2017 ICMR-IITKGP Med Tech Internship Award - Applications Open

The Assistant Registrar (Academic)
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
Homi Bhabha Road, Colaba
Mumbai 400005.

Last date for application :
For Maths – February 28, 2017
For all other subjects – January 31, 2017

The below link for submitting online application will be updated soon.  Please check back later.

Click to Apply Online
View Original Notification