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About NIAS

Admissions 2019

National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) was conceived and founded in 1988 by the late Mr. 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:

The National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) is looking for exceptionally motivated students interested in pursuing interdisciplinary research in natural and engineering sciences, social sciences, humanities and the arts. Unencumbered by the constraints of traditional disciplinary PhD programmes, NIAS PhD students have a unique opportunity to broaden their intellectual horizons beyond their narrow training during their thesis research in one of the listed areas. NIAS not only values such cross-pollination of ideas but encourages and provides the necessary support to its students to develop interdisciplinary orientation to problem-solving. This interdisciplinary ethos is also reflected in the work of its faculty and research scholars.

Students who are applying against Project based PhD vacancy will have  to pursue research theme only within the profile and parameters of the respective project.  They are not permitted to shift the fellowship from the Project under which they have been taken, to work in the general pool or in another Project.


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  • Short-listed candidates will be invited for a written test and interview on 17th and 18th June 2019


School of Humanities           


  1. Archaeology, Art History and Material culture

  2. Landscape Archaeology: Geospatial Analysis for cultural Heritage

  3. Megalithic Monuments and Early Monumental Architecture

  4. Early Temple Architecture

  5. Archaeoastronomy

  6. Any other relevant interdisciplinary area


School of Natural Sciences and Engineering       


  1. Primate Cognition, Behaviour and Ecology, Human wildlife conflict, Human Animal relations

  2. Social Cognition in Fishes

  3. Science Communication

  4. Sustainability and Environment

  5. Any other relevant interdisciplinary area



School of Social Sciences       


  1. Cognition, Diversity, Culture and Education of the Gifted and Talented

  2. Gender and Leadership in STEM Disciplines

  3. Sustainable Society, Attitude Building and Education

  4. Collective Memory, Identity Contestations and Reconciliation

  5. Gender and Socio-emotional issues of high ability learners

  6. Sociology of Higher Education

  7. Any other relevant interdisciplinary area

School of Conflict & Security Studies Programme     


  1. Geopolitical Dimensions of Maritime Security

  2. Armed Conflicts, Peace Processes and Regional Security in South Asia

  3. Contemporary Maritime Economy and Politics: Indo-Pacific, Arctic, Blue Economy

  4. Science Diplomacy and India's Neighbourhood

  5. Aerospace Policy (with a specific focus on cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence (AI))

  6. Autonomous Systems in National Air space

  7. Any other relevant interdisciplinary area