Doctoral Programme in Sustainability Studies (PhD)


Master's degree (or equivalent) in any discipline from a recognised university, with at least 55% marks. In case the score is available on a letter-grade system, the Institute expects a minimum cumulative score of 5.5 on a 10-point scale.

How to Apply:

Applicants have to fill up the online application form separately for XUB programme at: Upon successfully filling the online application form and paying the relevant application fee, the applicant will be intimated by email about the acceptance of the form, followed by admission bulletin 2018 by post/courier.

The last date for applying online is 28th February, 2018.

Selection Process:

Candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of their academic records and SOPs. The shortlisted candidates will be required to appear for Xavier Research Aptitude Test (X-RAT), and Personal Interview. UGC-NET qualified candidates will be exempted from appearing for the X-RAT.

X-RAT Guide

The course work for the selected candidates will commence from June 2018.

Duration of the Programme:

The approximate duration to complete the programme is 4 to 7 years. The first year of the programme will be spent for course work, and the remaining years for completing subsequent steps leading to the doctoral thesis. The maximum duration allowed to complete the PhD is 7 years.

Course- work and Registration:

After the successful completion of course-work and related pre-decided steps such as a no. of review seminars, the student is supposed to give a thesis topic registration seminar. After the successful completion of this seminar, the student’s PhD topic will be registered with Xavier University, Bhubaneswar (XUB).


a) Officially Sponsored Candidates / Self Sponsored Candidates: In case the organization supports the student’s PhD or the Students decide to sponsor themselves, the fees for this four year programme will be as follows: Rupees three lakhs in the first year and Rupees one lakh each in the second, third, and fourth year, respectively.

b) Partially Sponsored Candidates: In this category of candidates (If found suitable, only for top two candidates), the applicable fees for the four years will be: Rupees seventy five thousand in the first year and Rupees thirty five thousand in the second, and forty five thousand each in the third, and fourth year, respectively.


In case of deserving full-time student, the academic fee will be waived and a stipend of Rs. 15,000/- per month will be given for a maximum period of 4 years.


The students will be provided accommodation on campus. The residential expenses will have to be paid by the students separately as per the prevalent rate (current rate is Rs 24,000/- per year (double seated), and mess expenses as per actual. Students can also choose to stay off-campus

All admission-related queries may be addressed to:
Phone: 0674-6647806/6647900