Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) PhD Admission Notification 2022

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) PhD Admission Notification 2022. A Pre-Admission Orientation for the Ph.D. programme 2022 will be held on April 22, 2022, at 6.30 p.m.

For the Academic Year 2022, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) is inviting Ph.D. applications across Mumbai Campus and Hyderabad & Guwahati Off Campuses in the following thematic areas as stated below and Master of Philosophy in Psychiatric Social Work ONLY in Mumbai Campus. Each programme has delineated the themes under which applications are invited for the academic year 2022:

It may also be noted that the Applications are NOT invited for the following three programmes for the academic year 2022.

1. Tuljapur Campus (Rural Development)

2. Mumbai Campus (Sociology of Education)

3. Mumbai Campus (Centre for Life Long Learning)

Read More: Tata Institute of Fundamental Research I-PhD and PhD Admission 2022 (GS-2022)


Sr. No. M.Phil. Programme Number of Seats
1M.Phil. in Psychiatric Social Work7

Master of Philosophy in Psychiatric Social Work is a two year taught degree offered by TISS in collaboration with the Center for Excellence in Mental Health, INHS-Asvini (a naval command hospital) Mumbai, under the Scheme B of the National Mental Health Programme, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

Doctor of Philosophy Programmes

Doctor of Philosophy: Selected candidates will be required to complete a one-year (Full time) mandatory coursework (details for the same will be provided later).

Sr. No.Ph.D. Thematice AreasNumber of Seats
Sir Dorabji Tata Memorial Library
Ph.D. in Library and Information Science
1Digital Libraries, Information services, Cataloguing and metadata, Classification and ontology, Data mining and semantic web, Scientometrics, Health informatics, Information discovery, Information retrieval, Assistive technologies, Green libraries, etc.5
School of Health Systems Studies
Ph.D. in Health Services Management
1Nutritional epidemiology, Health and welling of tribal and other marginalised communities1
2Hospital and health services adminstration with a focus on quality management, patient safety and supply chain management 1
3Global Public Health Emergencies (GPHE); Climate Change Effect on Human Health (CCEHH)3
4Migration, urbanisation and health; Child and adolescent health; Aging and health; Adult health4
5Digital health; Urban health2
6Role of gender and sexuality in understanding health inequities across life course1
Ph.D. in Public Health
1Public health from epidemiological perspective with focus on communicable and non-communicable diseases; Health systems management with focus on health care delivery, health financing, health inequity and comparative health systems2 
2Sociology of medical practice/Medical anthropology; Social epidemiology approach to public health problems2
3Non-communicable disease social epidemiology; Health management information systems; Health programmes evaluation; Environmental health1
4Availability, access and utilisation of health services (in rural and urban areas), Health status of marginalised sections, Dalit and tribal health 3
School of Management and Labour Studies
Ph.D. in Management and Labour Studies
1HRM in Service sector1
2Development economics and microfinancecorporate social responsibility2
3Social and women entrepreneurship2
4Diversity, Equity and inclusion, Human rights1
5Inclusive value chains, Agriculture and livelihoods2
6Labour studies, Gender studies, sustainability1
7Organisational change, Learning organisation, Performance management2
School of Research Methodology
Ph.D. in Social Sciences
1Research methodology, Higher education,1
2Population sciences, Migration, Caste related issue, development4
School of Law and Justice
Ph.D. in Social Sciences
1Access to justice, Criminal law, Human rights & Criminal justice, Criminology & correctional administration and victimology 4
CSSEIP (Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policies)
Ph.D. in Inclusive Development and Social Justice
1Socio-cultural aspects and historiography of the excluded communities. Social exclusion, discrimination, violence and politics of development. Inclusive policies, structures and governance4
School of Habitat Studies
Ph.D. in Habitat Studies
1Climate Change1
2Water policy and governance2
3Public participation, Urban informality, Urban local governance1
4Urban and gender, urban and the local governance, urban and the SDG 2
School of Development Studies
Ph.D. in Development Studies
1Public finance, Public choice, Poverty and inequality, Financial inclusion, Regional development2
2Public policy and governance, Elections, Political processes and democracy, State and democracy in a comparative context, Migrants, mobility and citizenship, Violence, Insurgency and conflict resolution, Interpreting justice and welfare, Civil society and social movements, Global governance and international development1
3Gender and society, Gender and development,Gender, culture and human rights, Violence against women, Gender and education, Feminist studies and activism, Sexuality, sexual violence and sexual rights, Women studies, Feminist peace and justice studies, Women’s leadership3
4Rural development, Non-farm employment, Traditional enterprises, Commodity markets,Migration, labor and economy2
5Population ageing, Elderly issues, Issues related to intergenerational bond, Population and development2
Advanced Centre for Women’s Studies
Ph.D. in Women’s Studies
1Feminist disability studies, Critical disability theory, Gender and mental health1
2Gender and technology, Feminist philosophy of science, Queer studies, Sexuality studies2
3Caste, Class and gender, Social movements and citizenship, Dalit feminism1
4Caste gender and violence, Indigenous knowledge and belief systems, Folk feminism and ethnic studies1
School of Media and Cultural Studies
Ph.D. in Media and Cultural Studies
1Gender and media, Feminist academia and activism, Politics of public spaces, Friendship, Sexualities, Digital publics, Middle classes, Feminist pedagogies, Neoliberalism.2
School of Social Work
Ph.D. in Social Work
1Migration, Social policy, Middle class2
2Child rights, Child protection (Child labour, Missing children, Street living children, Child in conflict with law, Child in institutional care), and the Juvenile justice system1
3Child marriages, Child labour, Rural and urban families, Occupational health, Mining, Informal labour, Labour unions, Rural artisans, Social entrepreneurship, Business and human rights, Corporate social responsibility, NGO governance1
4Child and youth rights, (Street children, Homeless girls, Child sexual abuse, Aftercare), Probation, Alcohol, Drugs, Substance abuse, Addictions, Work with victims and rights of victims, Crime prevention, Criminal justice social work, Rehabilitation and corrections, Social work education, NGO management, Use of creative arts in social work ( DMT) Restorative justice2
5Social work education, Social and political theory and praxis, Social work perspectives and history etc., Elderly issues2
6Children, Family, Woman, Disability, Inclusive education2
7Mental health, Attachment in children of divorcing parents, Spirituality disability2
8Livelihood and social innovations, Gender1
9Gender, Sexuality, Violence against women (specifically Domestic violence, Child sexual abuse, Inter-generational caste based prostitution and trafficking, Sexual harressment at work-place) Masculinities studies, LGBTQI and violence, Feminist social work, Women and law2
10Disability studies, Rehabilitation, Health, Inclusive education, Universal design, Accessibility, NEP, Governance, Policy, Buddhist and peace studies, Vipassana 1
11Adult learning, Training, Education, Issues of youth, Prevention of youth crime, Gerontology, Lifeskills, Participatory methodology, Educational technology, Youth leadership, Soft skills, Youth policy and youth schemes3
12Lifelong learning – health, elderly1
School of Education
Ph.D. in Education
1Concerns of school education, Analysis of textboos, Educational programmes and policies3
Centre for Excellence in Teacher Education (CETE)
Ph.D. in Education
1Education, Culture and society, Work and education, Professional development4
2Comparative study of teacher education in the global South, Inclusive pedagogies in STEM,Philosophy and practice of different models of ITE2
3Innovations during the COVID 19 pandemic and its impact on student learning and teacher capacity building models in the country1
4Mathematics education, Multilingualism and math learning, Culture and cognition,Curriculum studies and critical understanding2
5Broad area of Science Education:- Visuo-spatial thinking in science education- Nature of science2
6Peace education and cultural literacies,Literature studies and humanities education1
School of Human Ecology
Ph.D. in Applied Psychology
1Couple and family relationships ((heterosexual and queer) and counseling and psychotherapy, Gender, sexuality and counseling and psychotherapy, Young people’s mental health, Counseling and interventions3
Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies
Ph.D. in Disaster Studies
1Disaster risk, Informal settlements and well-being.2
Hyderabad Off Campus
Azim Premji School of Education
Ph.D. in Education
1Higher education2
2Inclusive and special education, Educational inequalities among marginalised groups; Socio-emotional well-being and education in schools, Counselling in schools, Student mental health, Bullying and by-stander behaviour in schools1
Ph.D. in Social Sciences
Institutions for natual resource management, River restoration governance, Natural resource based livelihoods1
2Rural livelihoods, Local self governance1
3Water resources governance and management, Socio-ecological research, Climate change (vulnerability, adaptation, and risk and resilience)1
Centre for Gender Studies
Ph.D. in Women’s Studies
1Gender concerns and issues, Social change, Social entrepreneurship, Rural development Programs, Rural communities, Organisational behaviour5
2Gender and health, Intimate partner violence, Health communication, Social psychology and gender, Mental health and gender3
 Guwahati Off Campus
Ph.D. in Social Sciences
Sr. No.Thematic AreasSeats
1Health, Mental health and social work.3
2Agrarian studies, Science/technology/society, conservation, and human rights.3
3Indian politics, Public policy, Conflict studies.3
4Agroecology, Innovation studies, Sustainability studies, System ecology3
5Utilization of health services, Health seeking behavior by the vulnerable section, STI/HIV/AIDS, Stigma and discrimination, Care and support1
6Governance, Ethnicity and Conflict studies, Federalism, State, Democracy and tribes.2
7Livelihoods, Social work and Policy Practice, Decentralisation and governance, Leadership, Policy analysis, Politics of the marginalised, Caste and discrimination, CSR, Network Analysis and Systems thinking3
8EIA, Environmental management planning, Environmental contamination interfaces, Remediation, Hydro geochemistry1

MPhil PhD Timeline: Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)

Admission 2022
Ph.D. programmes & M.Phil  in Psychiatric Social Work programAdmission 2022 Announcement on the Website: February 26, 2022 
Last Date of submission of Online Application Form :April 24, 2022
Shortlisting of Candidates for RAT 2022 on the Website: TO BE DECIDED
Research Aptitude Test 2022 Date: May 08, 2022
Shortlisted Candidates for PI 2022 Date: TO BE DECIDED
Personal Interviews 2022 Date: TO BE DECIDED

Eligibility Criteria: Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)

Master of Philosophy in Psychiatric Social Work only

Candidates are requested to check the eligibility criteria before filling the application form. Candidates found ineligible will be rejected at any stage in the admission process and no grievances will be entertained in this regard. Applicants will be shortlisted for the Research Aptitude Test (RAT) if they meet the following criteria with regard to educational qualifications, work experience and research proposal:

Educational Qualifications: (Master of Philosophy in Psychiatric Social Work) The minimum academic qualification for admission to the M.Phil. programmes is a  Second Class Master’s degree in Social Work by a recognised university in India or abroad, with at least an average of 55 per cent of aggregate marks, or a grade point average of 3.5 under the seven-point scale of the University Grants Commission (UGC). In the case of SC/ST/OBC(non-creamy layer)/differently-abled candidates, the minimum eligibility is an average of 45 per cent of aggregate marks, or a grade point average of 2.50.

Candidates who are likely to complete all the requirements of their final year Master’s Degree examinations by .June 2022 are also eligible to apply for M.Phil. Programme in Psychiatric Social Work  provided they have successfully completed their first year Masters degree. In such cases, admission will be provisional. If a provisionally admitted student successfully completes the admission formalities such as clearing the Research Aptitude Test, but fails to score the minimum required mark/grade at the end of the final year examination of his/her Master’s degree, the offer of provisional admission will be automatically cancelled.

PhD Eligibility Criteria: Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)

Applicants will be shortlisted for the Research Aptitude Test (RAT) if they meet the following criteria with regard to educational qualifications and research proposal:

  1. Educational Qualifications: The minimum academic qualification for admission to the Ph.D programmes is a Second Class Master’s or equivalent degree in the relevant subject awarded by a recognised university in India or abroad, with at least an average of 55 per cent of aggregate marks, or a grade point average of 3.5 under the seven-point scale of the University Grants Commission (UGC). In the case of SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy layer)/differently-abled candidates, the minimum eligibility is an average of 45 per cent of aggregate marks, or a grade point average of 2.50.
  2. Candidates who have an M.Phil or equivalent degree awarded by a recognized university in India or abroad are also eligible to apply for the Ph.D Programme.
  3. Submission of a research proposal is a compulsory requirement for admission for the Ph.D. Programme. A research proposal consisting of approximately 1,000 words should accompany the proposal and indicate the specification of the broad field of study, statement of the research problem and scope and objectives of the study, rationale for and the significance of the study, methodology to be followed, references, and the candidate’s research/work experience in that area, if any.
Sr. NoMUMBAI CAMPUS School  Programme (Mumbai Campus )
Ph. D. 
1.Habitat StudiesGeneral eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields
2.Public HealthGeneral eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields
3.Health Services ManagementGeneral eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields
4.Management and Labour StudiesGeneral eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields
5.Social WorkGeneral eligibility + PG in Social Work
6.School of Human Ecology (Applied Psychology)The Programme will be open to students who have completed MA/MSc in Psychology, from an Indian University recognised by UGC, or a recognised University abroad.General eligibility + MA/MSc in Psychology
7.Women’s StudiesGeneral eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields
8.Development StudiesGeneral eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields
9.Social Sciences (to be anchored by School of Research Methodology)General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields
10.Inclusive Development and Social JusticeGeneral eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields
11.Disaster StudiesGeneral eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields
12.CETE General eligibility + MA in any social science or MSc, preferably with MA Education or MEd
13.Library & Information Science General eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields
14.EducationGeneral eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields
15.Media & Cultural StudiesGeneral eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields

Hyderabad Off Campus

 Sr. No. Research AreasHyderabad Off Campus
Ph. D.
 1.Gender StudiesEducationSocial SciencesGeneral eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields 
 Guwahati Off Campus
 Sr. No. Research AreasGuwahati Off Campus
Ph. D.
1. Social SciencesGeneral eligibility + PG in any Social Science discipline/allied fields

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MPhil PhD FAQs: Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)

1. Question: I am a postgraduate and have 20 years experience in rural development work. I would like to do PhD in your institute. Since I am working, it may not be possible to take up a regular course, so I wish to know whether your institute is offers correspondence course ?

Answer: We do not have correspondence course in PhD, but you could work for your PhD from wherever you are and visit the Institute as often as required to meet with the Research supervisor, Doctoral Advisory Committee members and conduct your Ph. D seminars. You are also required to submit a six-monthly report, through their guide. In addition to the same, since you have last degree is several years back, you will be asked to do some course work in research methodology for which you will have to spend some time at the Institute. Do go through the prospectus.

2. Question: What is meant by course work? In which cases will the scholar be asked to undertake the course work? What will be the total duration of course work,? Whether they are on Saturday & Sunday. Or Evening / Regular. Whether the classes are conducted at other locations.

Answer: Students admitted to the Ph.D. programme who do not have an M.Phil degree will have to attend a one year mandatory coursework. For students entering into the M.Phil in Psychiatric Social Work programme, two year course work is mandatory. Classes are generally held on weekdays. However, some class might also be scheduled on weekends.No the coursework will be conducted at Mumbai Campus only.

Lectures are held across two semesters beginning from July 2022.

3. Question: Does TISS provide the placement assistance after M.Phil / Ph. D completion?

Answer: No. We do not have this practice for M. Phil. and PhD students.

4. Question: Do I need to approach the potential supervisor myself?

Answer: Yes, applicants can approach/contact faculty at the Institute for supervision. However, the final allocation of guides will be done in consultation with the Dean/Chairperson of the respective School/Independent Centre.

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