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PhD research

We offer supervision for PhD research degrees relating to contemporary India and draw on academic expertise in a range of disciplinary departments across King's. Supervision may be provided from within the Institute or jointly with other staff at King's. There is also an option of a joint PhD with the National University of Singapore.

MPhil/PhD awards

Duration Expected to be MPhil two years FT, three years PT. PhD three years FT, four-six years PT. Normal start date September but students may commence at other times by arrangement.

MPhil/PhD Contemporary India Research from the India Institute at King's College London.

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Inlaks-King's India Institute Studentship 2022

The Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation and the King's India Institute welcome applications for the Inlaks-King's India Institute Studentship 2022.

Application deadline: 2 September 2022

Short-listing announcement: September 2022

Final interviews: September/October 2022


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Apply to study PhD research with us

PhD applications face a soft deadline of the 28 February each year. Completed applications received via King's Apply by this date are screened and shortlisted candidates are interviewed via Skype thereafter. Applications received after this date will be assessed only if spare supervisory capacity remains.

Before submitting your application, read through our staff profiles to determine who is most suited to your research interests, and include this information in your application. You may wish to discuss your proposal with them prior to submitting your application.

While your primary supervisor will be based with us, a second or joint supervisors might be in other departments at King’s.

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Application process

The heart of your application is your research proposal. The ability to identify and propose a viable research project is a major indicator of your potential for doctoral study.

Email your research proposal (4-5 pages) and personal statement to our Admissions Tutor. Your research proposal should explain precisely the field of study that you wish to contribute to, as well as any current research gaps, what you want to do, and how you propose to do it. Meanwhile, your personal statement should outline your reasons for pursuing further research.

If our Admissions Tutor encourages you to apply, you will need to submit an online application via the application portal  King's Apply.

Applying online makes the process easier and quicker for you, and means we can receive your application faster and more securely.

Preparing a research proposal

A good research proposal typically includes the following components:

  • A clear statement of the proposed research question.
  • An explanation of the importance and originality of the proposed topic. This may include a section on the lack or shortcomings of existing academic work in your proposed area.
  • A section describing not only your proposed methodology but also an explanation of why this methodology is the most appropriate for the proposed topic.
  • A prospective chapter outline of the proposed thesis.
  • A timetable showing a realistic plan, including critical milestones, for the completion of your research and writing within three years.
  • A concluding section showing why this research should be conducted specifically here, within the India Institute at King’s College London, rather than anywhere else.

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