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Admission, NIAS Doctoral Programme 2022

The National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) was conceived and founded in 1988 by the late J R D Tata, who sought to create an institution to conduct advanced multidisciplinary research. The objective is to nurture a broad base of scholars, managers and leaders who would respond to the complex challenges that face contemporary India and global society, with insight, sensitivity, confidence and dedication. For more details:

NIAS is looking for exceptionally motivated students, interested in pursuing interdisciplinary research in conflict and security studies, natural sciences and engineering, social sciences, humanities or the arts. Unencumbered by the constraints of traditional disciplinary doctoral research, NIAS doctoral students have a unique opportunity to broaden their intellectual horizons, even beyond the limits of the domains listed below. NIAS not only values such cross-pollination of ideas but encourages and strongly supports its students to develop interdisciplinary approaches to problems that span academic disciplines. This interdisciplinary ethos is also reflected in the work of its faculty and research scholars over the years. 


  •  Please note that the word/pdf icon beside the School name provides a preview of the application form and its requirements for your reference. Please inspect these requirements before you begin filling the application online, as there is no provision to save your work during the process of filling the application.
  • Applicants should note that each application should be for ONLY a single research area listed under a particular School.
  • All applications must be submitted online; offline applications will not be considered under any circumstances.
  • Postgraduate students awaiting their results or appearing in their final master’s degree examinations this year can also apply. However, if selected, their admission to NIAS will be provisional, subject to their successfully being awarded the master’s degree, with the necessary marks or grades, as specified.
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  • The last date for receiving applications, with all required documents, submitted online is CLOSED.
  • Short-listed candidates will be invited for an online written test and, if selected, for interviews, to be held subsequently.

Below is the School & Area To Apply:


  I  School of Conflict & Security Studies      


  1. Conflict Studies; Internal Conflicts in India; People's Movements; Democracy and Development.
  2. Maritime Security of the Indo-Pacific Region; Maritime Domain Awareness in the Indian Ocean.
  3. Geospatial Technologies in Strategic Studies and National Security; Geospatial Modelling and Remote Sensing Systems in Conflict Resolution and Security.
  4. Inter-State and Intra-State Conflicts; Contemporary Pakistan; Maritime Governance, Blue Economy; and Ocean Health; New Technologies and International Relations.


II School of Humanities           


  1. Philosophy of Science; Philosophy of Social Science; Political and Social Philosophy; Epistemology
  2. Scientific Theories of Consciousness; Brain-Inspired Artificial Intelligence; Causality; History of Indic Mathematics and Computation
  3. Satellite Remote Sensing and GIS Analysis for Landscape Archaeology, Geoarchaeology, Historical Geography, Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management
  4. Ancient Architecture of the Indian Subcontinent; Indian Temple Architecture; Megaliths; Archaeoastronomy
  5. Material Culture; Archaeology Sciences; Archaeometallurgy


III School of Natural Sciences and Engineering       


  1. Physics of Complex Systems; Nonlinear Dynamics and its Applications in Mathematical Modelling of Complex Phenomena in Living and Physical Systems
  2. Role of Nuclear Power and Electricity Sector Optimisation Models in the Identification of Viable Pathways to Reach Net Zero in India; Environmental Governance in the Energy Sector; Air Quality Modelling; Energy Sector Regulation
  3. Techno-Economic Analysis of Integrated Gas Combined Cycle (IGCC) for India's Future Electricity Solutions; Techno-Economic Analysis of Industrial Value Chains of Critical Energy Materials for India's Green Energy Aspirations
  4. Science of Air Quality: Emissions Inventory of Air Pollutants; Pollution Impacts on Health and Ecosystems; Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change
  5. Terrestrial Carbon Budget of India and its Spatial-Temporal Dynamics, using Remote Sensing, Historical Records and Maps, Field Data and Biosphere Models
  6. Aquatic Ecosystems and Sustainability; Cumulative Impacts of Hazards on Socioecological Systems
  7. Primate Cognition; Behaviour and Ecology; Human–Wildlife Conflict; Human–Animal Relations
  8. Mathematical and Computational Modelling in Primate Demography and Life-History Studies; Social Network Analysis; More-than-Human Cognition, Cultures, Performance, and Heritage
  9. Science Communication; Disaster Risk Communication; Citizen Science; Public Understanding of Science


IV School of Social Sciences       


  1. Education and Marginalisation; Identity Studies; Sustainable Societies; Learning and Cognition; Collective Memory
  2. Education, Nation and Identity Formation; Capital and Education; Education Policies
  3. Urban Studies; Gender and Sexuality; Society and Culture
  4. Development Studies; Rural and Urban Livelihoods; Rural and Agrarian Change; Migration and Urbanisation; Food and Nutritional Security; Social Policy
  5. Regional Inequalities
  6. Technology in Inequality and in the Political Economy of Development; Social Mobility and Subaltern Enquiries in Technological Change; Technology Policy in India