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Fully Funded PhD in Sustainable Development

Fully Funded PhD in Sustainable Development

Transforming villages in India

Program background and overview:

India's socioeconomic growth depends upon the sustenance of its rural communities, as 70% of its population live in the villages. Despite the country's overall progress, the rural population has been facing numerous pressing problems. Some of the challenges they face include: extremely poor access to basic facilities and infrastructure, poverty, illiteracy, malnutrition, waste management, along with the unexpected impact of climate change and extreme weather conditions that result in devastating natural disasters.

At Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University), our faculty and students have a mission and a vision to contribute towards our country’s progress. To this end, we have adopted 108 villages and are fully committed to using applied research as the foundation of socioeconomic progress and sustainability.

The Live-in-Labs®, Amrita’s flagship academic program was launched in 2013 which adopts a multidisciplinary theory–into–practice approach. It facilitates research, development, and deployment of sustainable solutions for current challenges faced by rural communities (villages) in India through a unique Experiential Learning Curriculum.

The following thematic areas are important to make these villages self-reliant:

  1. Health & Hygiene
  2. Education & Gender Equality
  3. Waste Management & Infrastructure
  4. Energy and Environment
  5. Agriculture & Risk Management
  6. Livelihood & Skill Development
  7. Water & Sanitation
  8. Other relevant areas

A detailed study of these areas in every community gives rise to a combination of problem statements intertwined with dynamic challenges that are unique to every community such as the psychosocial beliefs, language barriers, cognitive behaviour, social issues prevalent based on caste, gender, politics etc. These problem statements and challenges will be analysed meticulously and addressed by interdisciplinary teams of students and expert researchers.

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Application Deadline: August 30, 2019

Fully Funded PhD in Sustainable Development


Amrita is offering 100 fully funded scholarships for international students who wish to join for a full-time PhD program in Sustainable Development. The scholarships will be awarded purely based on academic excellence. It is mandatory for the enrolled PhD students to spend quality time in the villages selected for their study program and ensure timely and effective outcomes.

Funding Notes:

Students who successfully acquire the scholarships from the University will be given a monthly income that will support them to pay their tuition fees and to cover their living and food expenses. All costs involved in the implementation of the study in the rural communities will be borne by the University grant.

Amrita offers a wide range of scholarships that are open under:

  • Chancellor’s International Student scholarship: 100 Fully funded (merit-based)
  • Partially Funded Scholarships:
    • Dean’s scholarships
    • Department scholarships
    • Short-term scholarships
    • Industry sponsored scholarships
    • Research and Teaching assistantships

Who can apply?

Candidates with a completed Master’s Degree from Engineering, Business, Medicine, Biotechnology, Geography, Humanities and Social Sciences and Pure Sciences (Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry) backgrounds can apply

How to apply?

All prospective participants are required to write to [email protected] attaching their Statement of Purpose (SOP), area of interest, and resume.


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