PhD Admissions

PhD programme in Development Studies

Location: Mumbai

School: School of Development Studies

Intake: 10


Candidates are requested to check the eligibility criteria before filling the application form. Candidates found ineligible will be rejected at any stage in the admission process and no grievances will be entertained in this regard. Applicants will be shortlisted for the Research Aptitude Test (RAT) on the basis of them meeting the following considerations with regard to educational qualifications and research proposal:

1. Educational Qualifications: The minimum academic qualification for admission to the Ph.D programmes is a Second Class Master’s or equivalent degree in the relevant subject awarded by a recognised university in India or abroad, with at least an average of 55 per cent of aggregate marks, or a grade point average of 3.5 under the seven-point scale of the University Grants Commission (UGC). In the case of SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy layer)/differently-abled candidates, the minimum eligibility is an average of 45 per cent of aggregate marks, or a grade point average of 2.5 under the seven-point scale of the University Grants Commission (UGC).

2. Candidates who have an M.Phil or equivalent degree awarded by a recognized university in India or abroad are also eligible to apply for the Ph.D Programme.

3. Submission of a research proposal is a compulsory requirement for admission for the Ph.D. Programme. A research proposal consisting of approximately 1,000 words should accompany the proposal and indicate the Specification of the broad field of study, Statement of the research problem and scope and objectives of the study, rationale for and the significance of the study, methodology to be followed, references, and the candidate’s research/work experience in that area, if any.


PhD programme in Development Studies

Location: Mumbai

Intake: 10

Thematic Areas

Public finance, Public choice, Poverty and inequality, Financial inclusion, Regional development

Public policy and governance, Elections, Political processes and democracy, State and democracy in a comparative context, Migrants, mobility and citizenship, Violence, Insurgency and conflict resolution, Interpreting justice and welfare, Civil society and social movements, Global governance and international development

Gender and society, Gender and development, Gender, culture and human rights, Violence against women, Gender and education, Feminist studies and activism, Sexuality, sexual violence and sexual rights, Women studies, Feminist peace and justice studies, Women's leadership

Rural development, Non-farm employment, Traditional enterprises, Commodity markets, Migration, labor and economy

Population ageing, Elderly issues, Issues related to intergenerational bond, Population and development


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