PhD in English

The PhD programme at the Department of Literature and Languages is designed for individuals who have a strong passion for the English language, literature, and critical analysis. Scholars can delve deep into subjects such as literary theory, literary history, cultural studies, linguistics, composition and rhetoric, and creative writing. The faculty advisors and mentors at the department, with expertise in a plethora of specialisations from Gender Studies to Neuro Linguistic Programming, offer extensive guidance and support in research and scholarly pursuits.



  • Spatiality
  • Gender Studies
  • Comics and Graphic Narratives
  • Disability Studies
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Mythology
  • Indian Writing in English
  • Neuro Linguistic Programming
  • ELT
  • English Language Learning (ELL)
  • English Language Studies (ELS)
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
  • English as a Foreign language (EFL)
  • English in STEM Studies (ESS)


Candidates with a Master’s degree in English or related field (55% marks and above) and a valid UGC-NET or GATE certificate can apply for a direct interview. Other candidates will have to appear for an Entrance Test and Interview.

Highlights of the Programme

  • PhD Fellowship is for up to four years (Three years and an extension of up to one more year based on performance)
  • Scholars will receive a monthly fellowship of Rs. 36,000/- per month as JRF for the first two years
  • Scholars will receive a monthly fellowship of Rs. 41,000/- per month as SRF for the subsequent period (only if the candidate publishes two Research Papers in Q1 / Q2 category of journals in the first two years)
  • Scolars will be eligible for the Professional Development Grant of Rs 20,000/- (per annum) for the first two years and Rs 30,000/- (per annum) for the subsequent duration to carry out research activities, attend conferences, purchase consumables, etc.