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Ph.D. Programme in English

The English Department at Ashoka University has strengths in literary theory, Indian literatures (including Dalit and Sufi literatures), translation studies, Renaissance literature (including Shakespeare), Indian Shakespeares, literature of discovery and cultural encounter, queer theory, digital humanities, literature and science, postcolonial literature, modernism and postmodernism, film studies, and cultural studies.


Given the depth and breadth of Ashoka's faculty, and the university's commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship, we also welcome applications that might require supervision across individual departments.


Students thinking of applying to the Ph.D programme in English at Ashoka should first visit the university website and acquaint themselves with faculty specializations before devising a possible topic of research.  The programme will only accept students whose specific research interest makes a clear fit with the scholarship of one or more of the faculty.


Applications for Ph.D. Programme for Monsoon 2020 are now closed.



Students with an MA or equivalent degree (and with 55% or more) or M.Phil in English or equivalent discipline are welcome to apply.


To apply to the Ph.D. in English, applicants will need to complete an online application form and to provide the following

  1. Statement of Purpose (700 words)

  2. Research essay on student’s area of interest (3500 words)

  3. Two academic letters of recommendation


Admissions to the Ph.D. programme are based on the online application followed by an interview of select shortlisted candidates.


Click here to view the August 2019 English PhD handbook.

Ph.D. Batch of 2018
Ph.D. Batch of 2019