Ph D Programme
Ph. D. Programme lays emphasis on different dimensions of Social Sciences so as to equip the candidate with an integrated framework within which various development and changing issues can be addressed. The programme is designed to develop issue based, inter-disciplinary, applied as well as pure research orientation among the students so that they could understand the local, regional, national and international problems. It involves successfully completion of a six month Pre Ph. D. Course Work, consisting of Research Methodology and Core Subject, followed by submission of Synopsis and Formal Registration in Ph. D. Programme. Ph. D. Course is affiliated to the Aryabhatta Knowledge University (AKU), Patna

Ph D Course Structure and Duration
The main purpose of Pre-Ph D course work is to encourage fundamental research aptitude among the research scholars, through systemic training in computer aided research methodology and interactions with contemporary social science debates. The underlying intent is to prepare the students for theoretical rigor as well as applied understanding. At the end of the course the students are expected to be familiar in review of research literature, designing and developing their own research and locate it in the ongoing discourse of their areas. Pre-Ph D course has been structured as per the guidelines of UGC.Students are required to undertake three papers (Two compulsory papers- one research methodology and another computer application/data analysis to all students and one elective paper from their subjects) which are completed in six months. Evaluation of this course will be done through a written examination followed by an internal assessment.

Institute offers ICSSR supported Doctoral Programme up to a maximum of fifteen fellowships in a year. These fellowships are offered preferably in the subjects of: Economics, Agricultural Economics, Sociology, Social Anthropology, Political Science, Public Administration, Social Psychology, Social Geography, Non-Violence and Peace. The selection process involves a written test followed by an interview of short listed candidates with specified eligibility criteria. Women, minorities and candidates from educationally backward states are considered on priority basis.