PhD in Conservation Science and Sustainability Studies
Submission deadline: April 25, 2013

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Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) invites applications for admission to its Doctoral Research Programme in Conservation Science and Sustainability Studies for the academic year 2013-14. ATREE is an interdisciplinary environmental research organization based in Bangalore, focusing on biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. ATREE’s PhD programme, recognized by Manipal University, is one of the few programmes in the country that provides students natural science, social science and interdisciplinary training to work on these issues.

ATREE’s research covers the broad themes of environment and development, biodiversity and conservation. Areas of specialization include:

  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Forests, livelihoods and governance
  • Ecosystem services and human well-being
  • Water resource management
  • Broad issues of development and environmental change

Disciplines represented in the faculty include:

  • Ecology
  • Plant and invertebrate taxonomy
  • Hydrology
  • Landscape ecology
  • Economics
  • Development studies
  • Sociology
  • History
  • Political ecology

Students with prior training in any branch of the social, natural, or engineering sciences are eligible for admission to this programme. They will undergo intensive course work and will be expected to undertake independent research on any environmental topic under a multi-disciplinary dissertation committee. Five-year fellowships will be provided for maximum of 10 students. The fellowships amount will be Rs. 16000/- (pre-registration) and Rs.18000/- (post-registration) per month. Contingency support for research will also be provided.

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ATREE fosters diversity and gender equity at the work place. Women and persons from underprivileged groups are especially encouraged to apply. As the programme has a broad focus, social science students with interest in environmental issues are particularly encouraged to apply.

1. The candidate must have a Master’s degree in any social or natural science or engineering discipline
2. Must have qualified for one of the following entrance exams: UGC-CSIR (minimum NET), GATE, ICSSR, OR equivalent qualifying exam OR have an MPhil degree OR have published at least one peer-reviewed paper OR have some demonstrated research ability OR based on the strength of the statement of purpose.


  • Candidates seeking admission for the PhD programme at ATREE should submit the following documents: A completed application form (download from
  • Copy of degree certificate, provisional degree, or mark sheets from previous semesters of the completed Master’s course
  • Written statement of purpose which highlights your research and career goals (maximum1000 words). Note: This has to be in the applicant’s own words, plagiarized material will be lead to immediate rejection of application.
  • Confidential reference letters from two referees, sent directly to the address below by email, post or fax.

Applicants should submit completed application and all supporting documents by email or mail to the address below by April 25, 2013 . They should indicate in the subject line, or superscribe the envelope, ‘Application for PhD programme’. Applications that are incomplete will be rejected.

Shortlisted applicants will be called for an interview at ATREE Bangalore during the first week of June 2013. The academic year will begin first week of August.

Criteria for selection

  • Proficiency in the area of past training
  • Aptitude for academic rigour required for a PhD
  • Broad fit with ATREE’s interdisciplinary PhD programme

Contact information
The Convenor,
Academy for Conservation Science and Sustainability Studies
Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE)
Royal Enclave, Sriramapura, Jakkur
Bangalore 560 064,

Phone: +91-80-23635555 Extn: 121
Fax: +91-80-23530070