Applications invited for PhD in Conservation Science and Sustainability Studies

Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) is one of South Asia's leading conservation and sustainable development research organizations with a strong interdisciplinary emphasis. ATREE invites applications for
admission to its Doctoral Research Programme in Conservation Science and Sustainability Studies for the academic year 2017. The programme is recognized by Manipal University and is one of the few programmes in India that provides
students natural science, social science and interdisciplinary training to conduct research on biodiversity conservation and
sustainable development.

ATREE's research covers the broad themes of environment, development, and biodiversity conservation. Thematic areas include: conservation biology and planning; forest governance and livelihoods; ecosystem functions and services; hydrology and water resources; and development and environmental change.

Disciplines represented in the faculty include: ecology, plant and invertebrate taxonomy, conservation genetics, hydrology, water quality, landscape ecology, economics, development studies, institutional analysis, sociology, and political ecology. Students are encouraged to visit the ATREE web pages at to learn more about faculty research.

Students with prior training in any branch of the social, natural, or engineering sciences are eligible for admission to the PhD programme. Selected students will register for core and elective courses for three semesters, after which they will conduct independent research under the guidance of a doctoral advisory committee that is chaired by the faculty advisor. Ten students will each receive a fellowship for a period of three years. The fellowship amount will be Rs. 25,000 (pre-registration) and Rs.28, 000 (post-registration) per month. Contingency support for research at Rs. 50,000 per year for two years will also be provided. Faculty advisors will work closely with their students to obtain fellowship and research funding to enable students to successfully complete the programme.

ATREE fosters diversity and gender equity at the work place. Women and persons from underprivileged groups are especially encouraged to apply. ATREE's affirmative action policy will be followed during the PhD selection process.

Admission and eligibility

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