PhD Programme

PhD Programme

Applications are invited from prospective candidates for admission to the PhD Program at IISER Mohali in the areas of Humanities & Social Sciences, for the session beginning in August/September 2021. Candidates interested in pursuing research in interdisciplinary areas are also encouraged to apply.

Eligibility Criteria:

An applicant should have M.A./M.Sc./M.Phil degree (minimum 55% for General and OBC category, minimum 50% for SC/ST/PD.) in one or more of the following subjects: Sociology / Anthropology / Modern Indian History / Urban History / Political Economy / Urban Studies / English Literature / Development Studies / South Asian studies / Economics / Labour Studies / Public Policy Studies / Feminist Geography / Labour Geography and Critical Infrastructure Studies. Apart from applying online, an applicant must send a statement of proposed research (minimum 1500 words) to the following email address: mentioning the broad subject area (History, Literature, Economics, etc.) as the subject of the email, failing which the application may not be considered for shortlisting. This email address is meant ONLY for sending the statement of proposed research. Having qualified UGC/NET/NET-JRF/GATE or any other national level eligibility test is required at the time of the PhD application submission. The candidates who have not yet qualified (including those who are awaiting results) any of the above-mentioned national eligibility tests will not be shortlisted. For English literature, only candidates with UGC-NET-JRF will be considered in the areas of Trauma Studies, Scatology Studies, and Science-in-theatre/fiction.

Application procedure:

Prospective candidates should apply online using the “Online Application Facility” by visiting the website at Short-listed candidates will be invited for a screening-test/interview/online interview at IISER Mohali. Instructions: Please read the instructions for filling up the applications.


All candidates should ensure that their application form is complete by downloading the filled application form from ERP. All communication with candidates will be shared by email only and all the announcements will be made in the IISER Mohali webpage. Applying does not automatically guarantee that a candidate will be shortlisted for an interview.

Last date:

The online application facility will be open till 12.00 noon, April 30, 2021 (Friday). For further details about the program and research areas, please visit our website: