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Ph.D. Programme in Psychology

The Ph.D. programme in Psychology at Ashoka University is a cross-disciplinary research spanning different domains of psychology. Our faculty expertise spans social, developmental, biological, cognitive, clinical and counseling psychology. Methodologies span qualitative and quantitative, theoretical and experimental.


The Psychology PhD program at Ashoka University seeks qualified candidates for its PhD program starting September 2021. We especially encourage applications from individuals from historically marginalized communities, e.g.  individuals with Dalit Bahujan and Adivasi backgrounds who fulfil the eligibility criteria. Prospective students are requested to visit the faculty webpages to find out more about individual faculty research and contact faculty prior to their formal application. Please read through the instructions carefully before proceeding with applications.


Master’s Degree or equivalent in Psychology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Biology, Life Sciences, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Economics, Social Science, Political Science, Philosophy, Literature, Law, or allied disciplines.


All candidates need a minimum score of 55% in their respective degrees. M.Phil. / M.Tech entrants are also encouraged to apply in above disciplines.


We are particularly looking for candidates who have a passion for research, who are highly motivated and can create and take forward their own ideas in research. We value candidates who enjoy collaboration and forging work with a sense of team spirit.

Application Process

Submit an online application and upload all documents mentioned below via application portal

Full, up to date CV

Two letters of recommendation

The letters should be from current or former professors, academic/ professional advisors or supervisors who know your academic work and/or are in a good position to assess your professionalism, aptitude towards research, individual strengths and weaknesses.


Personal statement (1000-1500 words)

Prior to writing the essay, please visit the program website and faculty webpages to know what sort of research is being pursued in the department prior to writing your statement.  In your statement, you should identify at least 2 faculty members whose work might interest you, and who could become your prospective thesis advisor. This year, we encourage applicants to contact Dr. Bittu and Dr. Madhavi Maganti, who are accepting PhD students in their research laboratories, prior to formal applications. 


Use this essay to state what draws you to research with emphasis on your reasons of interest in the Psychology PhD program at Ashoka University. In addition, you might want to consider these questions: 

  • How do you think your academic background is related or ties into the research you want to conduct? 

  • What kind of research do you want to conduct, in broad terms at the Department of Psychology at Ashoka University? 

  • Who are the two faculty members who can become your prospective thesis advisor(s)?

  • What skill sets and experiences do you have already that can help you attain your research goals? 

  • How can the program help you attain the goals, and what do you hope to learn?

In addition, you may give the admissions committee any information about your life, your long term and short term career goals or anything else that you deem crucial for the committee to know, in order to make a decision on your application.


One original sample of academic writing

This can be your undergraduate or master’s thesis, a project report, a term paper that you wrote for a course. The work has to be completely original, and will be checked for evidences of plagiarism. Any plagiarism detected can lead your application to be summarily rejected.


Prospective applicants are advised to consult these books before preparing their application materials:

American Psychological Association (Ed.). (2007). Getting in: A step-by-step plan for gaining admission to graduate school in psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.


Keith-Spiegel, P., & Wiederman, M. W. (2000). The complete guide to graduate school admission: Psychology, counseling, and related professions. New York, NY: Psychology Press.

Process of selection and admission

After an initial review of all applications, shortlisted candidates will be asked to take an online examination, followed by an online interview. Please review the structure and syllabus of the written test as provided on the website. Final list of candidates selected for admission will be uploaded in the website at the end of the screening process. 


Click here to view structure and syllabus of the written test

Important Dates

Application Opens: February 15, 2021
Application deadline: May 30, 2021


Dates for examination and interview will be announced on this website, but further, will be held over the summer months between June and August, 2021

For any queries please email