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The Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS) Programme at IISER Pune aims fundamentally to examine the arts and sciences, without compartmentalising them as disconnected forms of knowledge.

About the HSS Doctoral Programme:
The PhD programme  seeks to inculcate a sense of inter-disciplinary thinking where critical analysis is  foregrounded. To this end, applications are invited from a broad swathe of subjects, inclusive of the sciences as much as the humanities and social sciences. In keeping with the directives of the Indian Constitution, the programme aims to cultivate a scientific temper across disciplines. We also encourage students to attend classes with arrangements at other institutions in the city of Pune.

The Humanities and Social Sciences Programme at IISER Pune invites applications from highly motivated students for admissions to the degree programme, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), starting in August 2018.

Eligibility Criteria:
  1. The applicant should have an MA / MSc degree in one or more of the following subjects: Any of the Sciences (Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Climate Sciences, Mathematics, Physics), Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Heritage Studies, Economics, English Literature, History, History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine, Philosophy, Psychology, Sanskrit, Sociology, and allied disciplines, or the Fine and Performing Arts. Applicants from Architecture, Engineering/ Technology, and Medicine are eligible after a Bachelor’s degree (minimum four years).
  2. UGC/NET/GATE/NBHM or any other appropriate national level eligibility test in any science or humanities/social sciences is required.

  3. The applicant should have a minimum of 60% aggregate (55% or equivalent CGPA in aggregate for SC/ST and PD candidates) or CGPA 6 out of 10-point scale (5.5 or equivalent CGPA in aggregate for SC/ST and PD candidates) for a Master’s Degree.

How to Apply:
The admissions process has two steps:
1. Applications for admission are to be submitted by an online form (applications are now closed). After filling in the form, please email: (i) your cover letter, (ii) academic transcripts, (iii) a statement of purpose, and (iv) a doctoral project proposal for consideration towards an admission interview. These documents should be emailed to hssphdselection@iiserpune.ac.in with the subject line DOCUMENTS.

2. The applicants will be short-listed and interviews will be arranged. References are likely to be requested at the interview stage. Only the candidates selected for an interview will be notified. The interviews will take place in person or on Skype depending on geographical location of the candidate, and decisions will be made in early June 2018.

External fellowships (e.g. UGC, CSIR, etc.) are strongly encouraged.
Date of Interview: May 7, 2018

For queries, please write to: hssphdselection@iiserpune.ac.in