Launched in 1975, the Ph.D. Programme at CDS offers registration under the Jawaharlal Nehru University. The Centre is also a recognised research centre of the University of Kerala for its doctoral programme.

Eligibility: An MPhil degree from any Indian university recognized by the UGC or from a foreign educational institution OR Master’s degree or a professional degree declared equivalent to the Master’s degree by the corresponding statutory regulatory body, with at least 55% marks in General Category and 50% marks in OBC (NCL),SC,ST and Person with Disability (PWD) or its equivalent grade ‘B’ in the UGC 7-point scale (or an equivalent grade in a point scale wherever grading system is followed) OR an equivalent degree from a foreign educational Institution accredited by an Assessment and Accreditation Agency, which is approved, recognized or authorized by an authority, established or incorporated under a law in its home country or any other statutory authority in that country for the purpose of assessing, accrediting or assuring quality and standards of educational institutions.

PhD scholars may avail the UGC’s JRF/SRF, RGNF, Moulana Azad Fellowships and the Kerala State Government fellowship for SC/ST students. Students who have not qualified for fellowships from other sources may avail a small number of ICSSR fellowships on a competitive basis. Fellowship award will be based on a separate interview in the presence of sponsoring agencies.

PhD Internship Abroad Programme (PIA)

To bring about more international exposure to research students, the PhD Internship Abroad (PIA) programme was launched in 2016-17. This enables PhD scholars to spend time in research work at an institute of repute in any part of the world.

Ph.D Co-ordinator

Dr. M.Parameswaran

Ph.D Course Work Co-ordinators


Prof. J. Devika

Associate Co-ordinator:

Dr. Ritika Jain