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IISER Pune's Humanities & Social Sciences Department invites online applications for admission to its PhD programme for the Academic session starting August 2019.

Research Areas:

  1. History of Astronomy and Mathematics in India
  2. History of Architecture
  3. Scientific Literature in Sanskrit

Eligibility Criteria:

1A. The applicant should have a minimum of 60% aggregate marks or CGPA of 6 on of a 10 point scale (55% or equivalent CGPA in aggregate for SC/ST and PD candidates) in their Master’s (MA/MSc/MPhil/BS-MS) Degree, in one or more of the subject which includes Sciences, Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Heritage Studies, Economics, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Sanskrit, Sociology, the Fine arts, and allied disciplines. Applicants from Architecture, Engineering/ Technology, and Medicine are eligible after a Bachelor’s degree (minimum four years).

Additionally, the candidate MUST have qualified in any ONE of the following exams with any science or humanities/social sciences subject:
a. National Eligibility Test (NET) with valid* CSIR-JRF / UGC-JRF
b. CSIR-UGC NET-LS (from examination conducted during the year 2017 and 2018)
c. NBHM/GATE with a valid* score.
*The score/rank MUST be valid at least till August 01, 2019.                  


1B. IISER BS-MS (All IISERs) students with major in one of the subjects mentioned above with CGPA >= 8.0

Candidates in the final year of qualifying degree are also eligible to apply. However, their final selection is subject to their successful completion of the qualifying degree with the above mentioned requirements at the time of admission i.e. on August 01, 2019.

Selection procedure: Based on application form and the above listed criteria, applicants will be shortlisted for an interview. Candidates selected for the interview will receive a separate email to appear for the interview at the IISER Pune campus. Selection will be based on interviews of the short-listed candidates.

Only online applications are accepted. Incomplete applications will be rejected. For any admission related query please contact hssphdselection@iiserpune.ac.in
Applying does not automatically guarantee that a candidate will be shortlisted for interview. The department may use additional criteria in order to shortlist candidates for interviews depending on the number of applications received.

Link to online application form will be available here

Opening of online application form: March 20, 2019

Last date for Application submission: April 15, 2019

Tentative dates of Interview: First half of May, 2019