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 process to admit potential doctoral candidates for Monsoon 2023 has commenced. Details are available on the page linked on the right.


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.


All full-time Ph.D. students admitted into the program shall receive a doctoral award (teaching and research assistantship) consisting of tuition-fee waiver (as per department recommendation) and a monthly stipend of ₹40,000 for the first two years, and ₹45,000 for the next three years, subject to benchmarked performance. The continuation of the award is subject to satisfactory performance in the program evaluated continuously and compliance with all University regulations. Support will be available for deserving Ph.D. students to disseminate their work through conferences and publications. Please note that students with CSIR, UGC, INSPIRE, ICMR fellowships shall receive 100% tuition fee waiver.