Interdisciplinary Ph D Program in Conservation Science and Sustainability Studies

The Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bengaluru invites applications for admission to its Doctoral Research Programme, recognised by Manipal University, for the academic year starting July 2011. Applications are invited from highly motivated students with a Master’s degree in any branch of the social or natural sciences. Students will undergo intensive course work and will be expected to undertake independent research on any environmental topic under a multi-disciplinary dissertation committee. Students are expected to join the programme full-time. Fellowship will be provided for at least 2 years of the programme.


  1. The candidate must have a Masters degree in any social or natural science or engineering discipline
  2. Must have qualified for one of the following entrance exams: UGC-CSIR (minimum NET), GATE, ICSSR, or equivalent qualifying exam OR have a M. Phil. degree OR have published at least one peer-reviewed paper as lead author or co-author OR have some demonstrated research ability OR based on the evaluation of Statement of Research.


Candidates seeking admission for the Ph D programme should submit the following documents:

  1. Completed application form (click here to download the form)
  2. Copy of degree certificate, provisional degree, or mark sheets from previous semesters of the completed Masters’ course
  3. Written statement of research and career goals (up to 1000 words)
  4. Reference letters from two referees

The completed application form and supporting documents should be submitted by e-mail, post or fax to the address below by April 25, 2011. Please superscribe the envelope ‘Application for Ph.D. programme’.

The Coordinator,
The Academy for Conservation Science and Sustainability Studies,
Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Royal Enclave, Srirampura, Jakkur Bangalore, 560 064, India.
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Applicants who fulfill the eligibility requirements will be called for an interview at ATREE Bangalore after May 10, 2011. Detailed information on the PhD programme and research interests of the faculty can be obtained at