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Department of
Humanities and Social Sciences

Admissions to the PhD Programme in Humanities and Social Sciences- August 2023

List of candidates selected for PhD Programme in Humanities and Social Sciences commencing from 2023 August Semester

List of candidates shortlisted for online/in-person Interviews to be held on July 10, 2023

The department of Humanities and Social Sciences at IISER Pune invites applications from highly-motivated students for admissions to Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme for the session August-2023.

Research Areas:

History of Ideas, Political Theory, Political Philosophy, Modern Indian Political Thought, Gandhian Studies, Gender and Indian Politics, Social Movements and Indian Politics, Development Economics, Water Resources Management, Climate Action and Policy, Environmental Sociology, Anglophone Literary Studies, Political Ecology, Social Transformation, Urbanization, Sociology of Climate Change, Disaster and Development, Environmental Justice, Gender Studies, Sanskrit, Experiential Learning, History of Architecture, History of Art, Archaeology, History of Astronomy, Material Culture, Epigraphy.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria:

1. The applicant should have a minimum of 60% aggregate marks or an equivalent CGPA on of a 10-point scale (55% or an equivalent CGPA in aggregate for SC, ST and PwD 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, English, 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).

Students whose final results in Master's or equivalent are yet to be declared can also apply. However, if selected, the offer for these students will be provisional, subject to their fulfilling the above criteria at the time of admission.

Additionally, the candidate MUST have qualified at least in any ONE of the following exams with any Science or Humanities/Social Sciences subject:

2a. National Eligibility Test (NET) with valid* CSIR/UGC-JRF

2b. CSIR/UGC NET-LS (only from examination conducted during the year 2021 and 2022)

2c. NBHM/GATE with a valid* score.

*The score/rank MUST be valid at least till August 31, 2023.


2d. IISER BS-MS (All IISERs) students with major in one of the subjects mentioned above with CGPA >= 8.0

Selection procedure:

Meeting the above-mentioned criteria makes the candidate eligible for only the application step.

Based on the applications received 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 either online or at the IISER Pune campus. Final selection will be based on interviews of the shortlisted candidates.

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.


  1. Only online applications are accepted.
  2. Incomplete applications will be rejected.