Ph.D. in English Admissions Announcement: Monsoon Session 2024

The Shiv Nadar Institution of Eminence Doctoral Award program 2024 – 25 is designed with a goal to recruit and nurture exceptional researchers. The award consists of a substantial Teaching / Research Assistantship; fully or partially waived academic fees; highly subsidized hostel accommodation; and financial support for academic presentations, conference participation for exceptionally qualified students. In addition, Schools may also provide additional financial support or awards, as approved by the Dean.

Over a maximum duration of 5 years, the doctoral award will typically comprise the following:

  • Teaching/ Research Assistantship: INR 40,000 for Y1 and Y2 and INR 45,000 for Y3, Y4, and Y5
  • Academic fee waiver: A student may be awarded a 100% waiver or a 50% waiver on an annual academic fee of INR 1,10,000. Programs can determine the waiver for each student, taking into consideration his/her qualifications and their admission criteria. 

Academic fees per year

Tuition Fees Actual

After 100% Waiver

After 50% Waiver

₹ 1,10,000

₹ 0

₹ 55,000

  • A research grant of INR 1,50,000.00 (One Lakh fifty thousand) is available for students to be used for conference travel (domestic and/or international) during the 5-year period of the Ph.D. program. These awards are, however, subject to Departmental vetting to ascertain the quality of the conference for which the grant is being asked
  • All awardees will be assigned duties as a teaching assistant or research assistant for 10 hours per week.
  • The 5-year award package will be offered to each student on admission and guaranteed for 5 years provided the student progresses according to set academic milestones. The stipend or hostel subsidy will not be available after 5 years.

Eligibility criteria: 

A master’s degree in arts, Science, Engineering, Medicine, Education, or Business with a minimum required score (marks or grade points) to be fixed and announced by each Department/ Center/ School offering the Ph.D. program. If the Qualifying degree is in a field other than the one to which admission to the Ph.D. program is sought, the candidate will be expected to demonstrate sufficient mastery of the fundamentals in the field through written tests, interviews, etc. Departments may have additional department-specific requirements.

Requirements for applying to the PhD program in English: Prospective candidates must have obtained at least 55% in aggregate in a post-graduate degree in any discipline. Candidates will be selected based on their performance in the admission process (subject to the minimum eligibility conditions being met). Interested candidates are requested to follow the online application link on the English department webpage. The application fee may be paid online.

All interested applicants shall apply online by clicking the “Apply Now” button. Please follow the instructions carefully.

  • Fill all the mandatory fields.
  • Online upload of the following documents is required.
    • Passport size recent color photograph
    • Current CV
    • All mark sheets and degree certificates (10th Standard onwards)
    • Standardized examination certificate- CSIR, UGC, GATE, etc. (If applicable)
    • A short research proposal

Admission Procedure: 

Students will be admitted to the Ph.D. program once every year, at the beginning of the Monsoon (starting in August). The University shall admit doctoral students through an Entrance Test and an interview. Shortlisted doctoral candidates called for an interview. Candidates will only be selected if their research interests coincide with those of the faculty. The names of the selected candidates will be announced on the University website.

Eligibility criteria mentioned above are minimum standards and applications not meeting the same and/or incomplete applications will be summarily rejected.

Please note that the written test is compulsory for all candidates applying to the Department of English. It will not be waived for candidates who have cleared National Examinations such as CSIR-UGC NET-JRF, DBT-JRF, GATE-JRF, JEST, ICMR-JRF, NBHM, CAT, GRE, GMAT, etc. The test will run for 2 hours and comprise: 1) a section consisting of multiple-choice questions 2) a comprehension section 3) an essay section that will allow the candidate to demonstrate their critical thinking and writing abilities.

Refer to the link for Fees and Award Structure for All Full-Time Doctoral Programs (all Schools), 2024-25: Click Here

Some key dates:

Last date for the receipt of the completed application form and application fee: 20 May 2024

Online written examination: 7th July 2024

Interview: 18 July 2024

Declaration of results: 20 July 2024

The tentative start date of the Monsoon 2024–25 session is August 12th, 2024.


For further enquiry or information, contact:

Ms. Mamta Nagar (Senior Executive Assistant) at [email protected]