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Ashoka Scholars Programme in Environmental Studies

Ashoka University offers a year-long Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Studies and Research (DipASR) to students who have completed the three-year Bachelor’s Programme, during which students can take a wide range of elective options across a variety of subjects, as well as gain valuable research experience in specific disciplines. Students must complete 32 credits to graduate from the ASP and may choose to complete an advanced major in a particular discipline or may choose to study subjects across disciplines.


Ashoka Scholar’s Programme (ASP) students intending to write a thesis must have taken at least 6 courses offered by, or cross-listed with, EVS.  They should also have taken at least one methods course related to their field of interest.
  • Timeline

    Students should identify a potential supervisor by December in Year 3 to discuss thesis prerequisites and draft a research proposal.  The preliminary proposal (1000 words) should be submitted by 31 May.  The final proposal to be presented at the start of Monsoon term.

    The summer between semesters 6 and 7 should be used for preliminary fieldwork.

    The research proposal should be defended in August in Year 4.

    The final thesis should be no more than 15,000 words and cover 8 credits (4 each
    semester). The thesis will be evaluated by the faculty advisor and, potentially, another Ashoka faculty member.

    The thesis should be submitted by the beginning of April.

More About Ashoka Scholars' Programme

All undergraduates graduating with Bachelor’s Degrees at the end of their third year, or who have completed by that time at least academic 92 credits of their degree programme, are eligible for admission into the Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Studies and Research programme, also known as the Ashoka Scholars Programme (ASP). Students who need to complete up to 8 credits of their undergraduate degree must do so within the first semester of the ASP. All students who fall into either of these categories must formally apply for admission to the ASP towards the end of the Spring semester of their third year. The exact date will be circulated by the OAA.

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