Editorial Team

Ashoka University today announced that it has for the first time begun accepting applications for fully-funded PhD programmes in Sociology and Chemical Sciences. The application process for PhD programmes in Sociology & Anthropology and Chemical Sciences will close on February 28, 2021, and December 4, 2020, respectively.

The minimum requirement for prospective candidates for applying to the PhD programme in Sociology & Anthropology is a master’s degree with at least 55% aggregate. All students admitted to the PhD programme will receive a monthly stipend of Rs. 35,000 for six years including their fieldwork semesters. In addition to this, students will be eligible for an annual contingency grant of Rs. 20,000 for research support, and medical insurance coverage up to one lakh per annum. The University may also extend additional financial support for PhD students to participate in conferences. Candidates can apply for the programme on https://apply.ashoka.edu.in/. The shortlisted candidates will appear for interview on April 2 & 3, 2021.

Speaking on the start of Sociology & Anthropology PhD programme, Prof. Swargajyoti Gohain, Head of the Department, Sociology/Anthropology said “We are delighted to announce that we have for the first time started the fully funded Sociology & Anthropology PhD programme at Ashoka University. With the launch of this programme, we encourage highly motivated individuals to apply and contribute to research at Ashoka. A distinguishing feature of our PhD programme is the close faculty mentorship of the students and attention to their all-rounded professional development. We aim to ensure that all students receive quality training in research and writing skills, pedagogy, and fieldwork methodology. We have a robust course structure, excellent library and research facilities and very supportive faculty, and all these factors will help to bring out the best in students.”

To apply for the PhD programme in Chemical Sciences, a prospective candidate must have completed either an MSc, MPhil, MTech or BTech. All candidates applying for the programme will have to appear for a written test and an Interview. Candidates who have cleared a national eligibility test (CSIR-UGC-NET / GATE / INSPIRE) are exempted from appearing for the written test. The probable dates for the written test and Interview are from December 14 – December 16, 2020. Students selected for the programme will get generous and assured funding for 5 years (equivalent to National Scholarships), on-campus accommodation, interdisciplinary research opportunities and International Conference travel support. Candidates can apply for the programme on https://apply.ashoka.edu.in/.

Sharing his thoughts on the start of the Chemical Sciences PhD programme, Head of the Department, Chemistry said, “We are very happy to announce for the first time the start of a fully-funded PhD programme in Chemical Sciences at Ashoka University. The PhD students will be trained to write project proposals, review writing, and attain writing workshops as a part of one-year extensive course work alongside innovative research work. In addition, at Ashoka, they will explore an interdisciplinary environment bridging other science streams and liberal learning atmosphere to flourish. I am confident that with our state-of-the-art facility this PhD programme will produce the best researchers in Chemical Sciences.”

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