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Ph.D. Programme



01 August 2019

31 July 2022

3 Years

31 May 2019


Jindal School of International Affairs (JSIA) offers both Full time and Part time PhD (Doctor in Philosophy) programme. The school places strong emphasis on geo-politics and global studies that are largely affecting international relations in the age of globalization. Its distinguished faculty members will decide on the research centre(s) under which of the PhD candidate’s research may be based.

The knowledge and critical thinking skills you will acquire through the dedicated training and supervision you will receive at JSIA will equip you with deep insight into the complexity of international relations, politics and practice, and it will widen your vision of how international relations are shaping the world in which we live. The career options following completion of your doctoral degree will be as varied as they are distinguished, for instance: in the United Nations and other international organizations; the diplomatic service in your home country; management consultancy as world-leading MNCs; academia; or the media.

Why should you choose a PhD Programme at JSIA?
  • To undertake deep and meaningful research on a subject with the support and supervision of world-leading scholars in the field in an institute with significant global connections and impact.

  • To enhance your employment opportunities and receive recognition for your contribution to development of new knowledge in the field of International Relations, Public Policy, Diplomacy and Business.

  • To undertake path breaking research collaborations with our international university partners in the United States, Europe and Asia.

  • To be part of an active and multidisciplinary research community within Jindal Global University that seeks solutions to the complex issues that define and challenge contemporary international relations.

  • To independently develop the knowledge and skills to understand, critique and reframe some of the fundamental problems in global affairs, and develop ideas that could reshape the future world order.

PhD Programmes at JSIA

Applicants shall be admitted into the Ph.D. in International relations and politics Programme under one of the following categories:

  • Full-time Ph.D.
  • Part-time Ph.D.


Full-time PhD is a fully residential Programme on O.P.Jindal Global University campus. The scholar is required to be located on campus and undertake his course and research work under the direct supervision of JSIA faculty. The candidate has to attend specific research classes as well as advance courses in the area of interest during the tenure. The candidate will be paid a stipend of Rs. 25000/ per month along with stay and food facility for first three years of course. The candidate is required to attend lectures and seminars, present papers in conferences and publish in leading journals and also provide academic inputs to JSIA students. The programme allows you, subject to academic approval, to construct a course relevant to your specific area of interests.      

Classes for part- time PhD programme students working in Delhi will be held in Delhi/NCR area. The scholars will be communicated about the venue and timing of classes once the admission process is over. Normally classes will be held on Saturdays. There will be extensive use of technology platform to interact with scholars. The sessions will be recorded and made available to participants for their reference. The part- time students who live outside India will have to be on campus twice a year, at the beginning of each semester, for a period not less than a week to register and agree with their supervisors on the coursework.  Between the two semesters, extensive contacts between the students and supervisors will be conducted monthly, or when necessary, through Skype, internet and other available technological means.

The part- time students will undergo the same course structure like a full- time student as per UGC requirements. The students from abroad will make use of available technology to this end. The programme is designed to help working professionals to undertake a PhD Programme without disturbing their current work engagements.  The sessions for part- time students will be held during holidays and weekends at our NCR facilities for those who are working in New-Delhi or as explained above for those living outside India. The one year full-time and two years part-time interspersed course work units are available in following areas leading to Ph.D. in International Relations:

  • International Relations: Theory and Praxis Public
  • Social Science Research Methods
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis (Statistical Tools)


In the second Semester, the Scholar is expected to undertake four masters level elective courses pertaining to its research theme. JSIA expects the Scholars to undertake relevant foreign language course for which no extra credits would be awarded but it would help the Scholars to collect the data and conduct interviews, in case the country of research is a non-English speaking country. The list of the suggested elective courses is appended as Appendix 1.

The full- time PhD programme has two semesters of course work (12 credits of core course) and 12 credits of advance elective and research theme specific courses.

The part-time scholars Programme will have to undertake the course work which is same as of full time Ph.D. Programme. However, the timelines for completing the coursework is subject to modification based on the Scholars’ professional circumstances. 

Completing the Doctorate: The scholar is required to submit a thesis of 60,000-80,000 words for completion, depending on the discipline.

JSIA PhD Curriculum

The PhD Programme consists of two phases. The first phase of the programme involves core and four masters level elective courses (a total of 24 credits, for four core and four electives, combined), followed by a Research Proposal Defence at the beginning of the third semester (latest by August end). The second phase requires the PhD scholars to undertake fieldwork, further research and writing of chapters, and finally submitting the dissertation during the semester six. In exceptional cases extension can be granted only after due consideration by School Doctoral Committee (SDC). However, during the extension period beyond semester six, no financial assistance in terms of stipend and/or facilities would be provided.   

The thesis is expected to make significant contribution to the discipline of International Relations or an allied area/subject of Global Affairs.

The course work aims at providing inputs in various areas of Global Affairs to enable the scholars apply them in their research. Four core courses across different IR disciplines have to be completed during the first semester. These courses will provide basic knowledge and skills that the PhD scholars must be familiar with while conducting research in emerging issues of IR and global affairs. These will include the use of latest methodologies and other research tools. The coursework and the research work is interspersed with two semester breaks (for full time), and four semester breaks (for part time) during which the scholars are expected to work on their areas of interest. The scholars are expected to finalise the research proposal during the intervening periods of semester two and semester three (summer vacations). The scholars are required to do four such area/subject specific masters level elective courses, which can be opted from not only the list of electives mentioned in this document but also from other schools of JGU, subject to its relevance to the research focus of the proposal.  

These courses will provide the required subject knowledge in the area of specialization and also provide exposure to contemporary issues worth investigating. After completion of the course work, the Scholar needs to identify a topic of interest which may potentially lead to a thesis proposal.

Following are the timelines for the full-time PhD scholars:

Semester I

Semester II

Summer Break

Semester III & Winter Break

Semester IV, Winter Break and Semester V

Summer Break and Semester VI

Four Core Courses

Four Masters level Elective Courses relevant to the Research theme.*

Research Proposal and defence in the beginning of semester III (latest by August end)

Proposal Defence date to be notified by the SDC (to be completed in August)

Field Work and/or Research Work

Writing of Chapters

Finalisation and Submission of Dissertation

If the SDC feels that the Scholar has done considerable research work and needs extension, it can be recommended for the approval of Vice Chancellor (but not beyond four years)

Following are the timelines for the part-time PhD scholars:

Semester I

Semester II

Summer Break

Semester III, Winter Break and Semester IV

Summer Break, Semester V, Winter Break & Semester VI

Summer Break and Semester VII & VIII

Four Core Courses

Four Masters level Elective Courses relevant to the Research theme.*

Research Proposal and defence in the beginning of semester III (latest by October end)

Proposal Defence date to be notified by the SDC (to be completed in October)

Field Work and/or Research Work

Writing of Chapters

Finalisation and Submission of Dissertation.

If the SDC feels that the Scholar has done considerable research work and needs extension, it can be recommended for the approval of Vice Chancellor (but not beyond four years)

*JSIA expects the Scholars to undertake relevant foreign language course for which no extra credits would be awarded but it would help the Scholars to collect the data and conduct interviews, in case the country of research is a non-English speaking country.

Following is the credit requirement during the coursework:



Total Credits

4 Core Courses

3 x 4


4 Masters level electives, which are relevant to the research theme

3 x 4


Doctoral Dissertation

1 x 24


Total Credits


Following is the course curriculum that shall be followed:







    Semester 1

 Core Courses

  • International Relations : Theory and Praxis Public


  • Social Science Research Methods


  • Advanced Research Methods


  • Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis (Statistical Tools)




Semester 2

Masters level four  elective courses, which are relevant to the research theme

Elective course


Elective course


Elective course


Elective course



 Thesis Defence

Within one month from the decision of the SDC that the Research Scholar shall appear for an Oral Defence/ vive voce examination, the Oral Defence shall be held by a Board of Examiners consisting of the Supervisor(s) and one of the examiners who evaluated the thesis, to be nominated by the Vice Chancellor. In case neither/ none of the examiners who evaluated the thesis is able to conduct the Oral Defence, the Vice Chancellor shall appoint another examiner from the panel of examiners to the Board of Examiners.

The Oral Defence shall, unless decided otherwise by the Vice Chancellor, be held at the University in the School concerned. The date and time of the Oral Defence and the subject of the thesis shall be notified by the SDC among the teachers and the Research Scholars of the concerned School, who may be permitted to be present at the time of the Oral Defence, but they shall have no right to put any question to the examinee. The Board of Examiners shall adopt a report indicating either that the thesis is “Not Qualified” or recommending that the Ph.D. Degree be awarded.  

Admission Requirements

An applicant seeking admission to the Ph.D. in International Affairs and International Relations Programme must satisfy the following academic criteria:

  • Full-time PhD:
    • The candidate must possess a Master’s level degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution prior to being admitted to the Programme with a minimum of 55%.
    • S/he must provide two references, a letter of motivation and his/her CV during application.
    • A Ph.D. student in JSIA cannot be not enrolled in another higher education institution for full or part time Programmes with or without financial assistance. 


  • Part-Time PhD
    • In addition to the above qualifications mentioned for full- time PhD candidates, the candidates who have experience in politics, international relations should ideally possess more than five years of relevant experience. However, an exception can be considered for bright candidates with less than five years and more than three-year work experience.  
    • Full time/ Adjunct/ Visiting faculty members working with diplomatic missions, international or regional organizations and / or approved political schools/ universities can also apply for part- time PhD programme.
    • Preference will be given to scholars if they have relevant work experience in the area of their PhD.
Application Procedure

 Currently admission into the PhD. Programme is available in the fall semester (on 1 August)

  • Applications Deadline for 2017 admissions: 31st July, 2017
  • An applicant shall submit:
    1. An online application through the JGU website/ office at (
    2. Scanned copy of the relevant academic transcripts;
    3. A short note on the professional background and experience of the applicant, if any;
    4. A “Statement of Purpose” explaining why the applicant wishes to pursue the Ph.D. Programme, in around 2000 words; and
    5. The names of two academic/ non-academic referees from whom the University may seek information on the research potential of the applicant.
    6. An applicant is required to pay an application fee of Rs.1000/- only.
 Selection Procedure

An application to JSIA does not guarantee admission into PhD programme. School Doctoral Committee (SDC) will evaluate, short and review the applications. As per UGC regulations, shortlisted candidates will be required to take an entrance test, apart from an interview before final selection. The committee shall recommend suitable candidates to the Dean. Upon Dean’s approval, candidate will be permitted to register for Ph.D. in International Affairs under a Supervisor. Applicants with more than 3 years’ industry/ teaching/ practising/ managerial/ professional experience will be given preference.

The following categories of applicants are exempted from taking the Entrance Test:

  • Applicants who have qualified UGC/ CSIR/ JRF/ NET/ SLET (Haryana State) or any other similar examination.
  • Holders of Teacher Fellowships from the UGC or any other Government funding agency.
  • Applicants who have completed their Ph.D. coursework/ M.Phil. in another University/ Organization, subject to approval by the School Doctoral Committee (SDC).

Candidates shall be selected on the basis of their academic record, performance in the entrance test and personal interview.

Duration of the PhD

As per the UGC rules, the minimum & maximum period of study and research shall not be less than 3 years from the date of enrolment (36 months) & 7 years (84 months) respectively from the date of provisional registration of the candidate. However, in case the performance of the research scholar has been exceptionally good and proven through substantial publications, the period can be reduced by six months. The part - time PhD programme is for minimum 4 years (48 months) and maximum 7 years (84 months).   However, in case the performance of the research scholar has been exceptionally good and proven through substantial publications, the period can be reduced by six months. 

Fee Details:

The full- time PhD students will have to pay registration fee of Rs. 10,000 at the time of joining (one time fees) and a submission fee of Rs. 5000/ at the time of thesis submission. They will receive a stipend of Rs. 25000/ per month during the first three year of PhD programme. Contingency and conference allowance are under active consideration for successful PhD students. The full- time scholars are eligible for free accommodation and food during the first three years of their PhD programme. The number of scholarships for full time PhD programme is limited and is purely based on merit. Hence interested scholars who intend to pursue full- time PhD programme without any scholarship have to pay the fees of a part- time scholar and join the programme.  


The Ph.D. fees (for the full- time scholars without fellowship/ part- time scholars) are as per the following:  




Registration Fees (One Time)



Semester Fees



Library Usage Fee



Software and Database usage Fees







JSIA scholars have to bear their expenses for international exchange programmes and school will only facilitate their engagement with partner schools.

Part-time scholars will only pay INR 10000 for registration fee( one time) ,40000 each semester ,and 5000 upon submission of thesis. 


            Appendix 1

Masters Level Suggested Elective Courses*

Migration and Refugee Studies in the Middle East

International Human Rights & Humanitarian Law

Negotiations in Complex Security Environments

Politics of Coexistence: Israel and West-Asia

Politics of Energy Policy

Regional Cooperation in South Asia

Global Mechanisms of Accountability

Comparative Religion in South Asia

Indian Foreign Policy

Political Economy of Late Development: Case of Modern India

International Migration: Problems and Prospects

Migration and the Politics of Refugees

International Business from An Indian Lens

Energy Politics in the Middle East

Europe and the World

East Asian Politics

Humanitarian Politics

Dean’s Seminar-Interpreting Current Events

Culture, Region, State and Identity in South Asia

Policy Analysis Workshop: Analyzing Strategic Affairs

Civil War, Insurgency and Terrorism

Geopolitics of Energy (External-USI)

Making of the Contemporary World

Counter Terrorism/Counter Insurgency (External-USI)

Afghanistan Post -2014

Politics of Oil and Gas (External)

Defence and Military Studies

Corporate Social Responsibility (External)

National and International Security

National Security Fellowship (External)

Politics of the Middle East     

Politics and International Relations of Latin America

Diplomacy : Theory and Praxis

This list is not exhaustive, students can opt for electives offered by other schools of JGU, on basis of their research themes.


A scholarship programme is one of the most common ways to give financial assistance to underprivileged members of the community, who have great potential to thrive in academics. Our scholarship policies ensure that such students must not be left behind because of financial constraints.

We currently have nine categories in total under which the scholarships are granted: Savitri Jindal Studentship, Award Merit Scholarship, Shallu Jindal Outstanding Women Scholarship, Mrinaldeep Singh Scholarship, Savitri Jindal Merit cum Fellowship, Naveen Jindal Young Global Scholarship, O. P. Jindal Outstanding Merit Scholarship, Haryana Domicile Fee Concession and Chancellor’s Discretionary Fee Concession.

Every year, Merit cum Means Scholarship applications are invited from students and reviewed by the scholarship committee during a series of frequent meetings. Rules and regulations are drafted/amended every year as required. The criterion taken into consideration are merit (CGPA) and means (family income). Many other factors also play an important role like participation in debates, sports, cultural activities, societies’ events etc., contribution to university and research. The review is done in such a way that maximum students get benefitted.