PhD in International Relations and Governance Studies | Department of International Relations and Governance Studies

PhD in International Relations and Governance Studies

The Department offers a PhD programme in International Relations and Governance Studies. The commencement of the PhD programme for the academic year 2020-21 has been deferred to January 2021 owing to the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. In view of the difficulties caused to the applicants, the Department has further decided to extend the deadline for applications.


The Doctoral Programme at the Department of International Relations and Governance Studies provides research scholars an excellent opportunity to acquire and consolidate a diverse set of skills in the discipline/fields of International Relations, political thought, governance and development. The programme emphasizes the necessity of addressing asymmetries of knowledge production, circulation and consumption between the global North and the global South. It further underscores the significance of context – historical, cultural, economic – in the study of international relations and global governance.


The programme spans eight semesters (four years), with the first two semesters earmarked for course work, and the remaining for research and writing of the thesis. Progression from the course work to the thesis writing stage is contingent on performance. Candidates are expected to reside on campus for at least two years and actively participate in the Department’s activities.


Full-time PhD research scholars shall receive a doctoral research and teaching assistantship consisting of 100% tuition waiver and 70% hostel-fee waiver. They shall also receive a monthly stipend of Rs.50,000 for the first two years, and Rs.55,000 for the next two years subject to bench-marked performance. The assistantship is subject to satisfactory performance as evaluated in compliance with all University regulations.