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Admissions 2020

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 conflict and security studies,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.


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  • Post graduate students awaiting their result or appearing in FINAL EXAM can apply. However, if selected, their admission will be provisional subject to successfully clearing of EXAMS as per requirements.
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  • Short-listed candidates will be invited for a written test and interview on 8th and 9th June 2020



     School of Conflict & Security Studies Programme     


  1. Conflict Studies, Global and Regional Armed Conflicts and Peace Processes

  2. Socio-political Movements

  3. Science Diplomacy

  4. Pakistan (Society, Polity and Security)

  5. Geopolitical Dimension of Maritime Security, Indian Maritime Strategy

  6. AI Applications

  7. Knowledge Based Digital Signal Processing Techniques

  8. Cyber Security for Modern Strategic Systems 

  9. History, Geography and GIS in Strategic Studies



School of Humanities           


  1. Landscape Archaeology: Geospatial Analysis for Cultural Heritage

  2. Megaliths

  3. History and Archaeology of South India

  4. Contemporary Archaeology and Heritage

  5. Early Temples and Monumental Architecture in India 

  6. Materials and Metals Archaeology and Craft Heritage

  7. Archaeoastronomy in India 

  8. Consciousness and Health

  9. Machines, Humans and Minds

  10. Indigenous Communities, their Health Traditions and Life Narratives

  11. Music Signal Processing 

  12. Causality Testing & Causal Learning Algorithms

  13. Philosophy of Science, Epistemology, Philosophy of Physics    


School of Natural Sciences and Engineering       


  1. Primate Demography, Life-histories and Behavioural Ecology; Nonhuman Cultures, Performance and Heritage 

  2. Primate Cognition, Behaviour and Ecology, Human Wildlife Conflict, Human Animal Relations

  3. Behavioral Ecology of Freshwater Fishes

  4. Energy Policy and Regulation

  5. Modeling Interconnections between Energy,  Environment, and the Economy

  6. Energy Transitions In developing Economies

  7. Life Cycle Cost Analysis of Thermal Power Plants, Solar and Wind Energy

  8. Global Climate Change Mitigation Policy

  9. Aquatic Ecosystems and Water Sustainability

  10. Integrated Water Resources Modelling and Management

  11. Air Pollution Modeling

  12. Science and Risk Communication 

  13. Human Reliability Program


School of Social Sciences       


  1. Sociology of Education Policy

  2. Globalisation and Higher Education

  3. Vocational and Higher Education

  4. Education of the Gifted and Mentorship

  5. Science and Gender