PhD in Human Sciences

About the Program

The PhD programme in Human Sciences is aimed at talented individuals who are interested in the development of new methodologies and epistemologies in a dynamic environment that is not bound by singular disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The world around us is changing in radical ways, often leaving us lost for precedent. The first two decades of the 21st century have already shown us that this new millennium will be fundamentally different in both its challenges as well as its possibilities. We invite researchers and curious minds who want to study the world Humans build and the worlds they inhabit in our innovative new PhD in Human Sciences programme.

The programme will provide researchers the opportunity to be trained rigorously in the methods of legacy HS disciplines in confluence with strong institutional support to think about multidisciplinary approaches. We encourage researchers who want to work at the confluence of Human Sciences with the Computer Sciences, and will be happy to host work in the Computational Social Sciences.

The PhD candidate will take courses to strengthen their research skills as well as lay a deep foundation in knowledges in their area of work. A Comprehensive exam will then evaluate their readiness for research.  

Other research work includes but will not be limited to, publishing and presenting the findings in top rated journals and conferences. The candidate will also contribute to projects in related areas and actively participate in the academic and extra-mural activities of HSRG and the Institute. 


One Year of course work, plus three years of research and writing at the minimum. Typically we hope that PhD students will submit within five years of admission.


MPhil / M.A. in any discipline of the Humanities or Social Sciences; MPhil or M.Sc./M.S./M.Tech with research thesis; B.E. / B.Tech with at least five years work experience.

Admission Process

Submission of Proposals: Interested candidates should submit a 2,000 word proposal along with a CV. Short listed candidates will be invited for an interview for selection.

The proposal should include a detailed exposition of the research question, an overview of existing literature on that, as well as a discussion on how the proposed research will add to our knowledge or address existing debates/research gaps. Candidates may also indicate their (multi)disciplinary locations, sources/ archives / data they will use, as well as reasons for wanting to locate their PhD research at HSRG/IIIT. Other relevant aspects, which may help the committee take a decision, can also be included.

The proposal should be in submitted in PDF format, English, 12 point New Times Roman with 1.5 line space, with the name of the candidate in the header.

Standing Committee for Research Programmes: Candidates can be proposed through the Standing Committee for Research Programmes. These will typically be those candidates who will have worked with the proposing faculty on a research project.

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Course Details

Breadth Courses:


Of the 3 breadth courses the following 2 courses are common for every PhD student.


1.      Literature Review and Research Writing - HS0.304

2.      Research Methods -



The 3rd course will be an Introductory Course in Discipline/Area of the student. This course will be recommended by the Thesis advisor.


Depth Courses:


Three courses should be from level 400 and above. One project/Independent Study is allowed in place of a depth course. These courses should be advised/approved by the thesis advisor.

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Page last updated on May, 2023