FLAME University


FLAME University's unique Doctoral Program seeks to develop the next generation of academics who are able to approach issues from multiple perspectives, glean unique insights, and provide effective solutions to pressing problems of academic and practical interest.

FLAME is a pioneer of liberal education, and the spirit of inter- and multi-disciplinarity pervades all aspects of academics. The Doctoral Program builds upon the traditional and blends it with the practical. We endeavor to provide an environment where cutting-edge research is done by a community of scholars with a focus on conceptual clarity, best-in-class practices, and the development of new methodologies that are employed not only to illuminate the issue under study but also in a wide range of contexts. This serves to create a virtuous cycle where academic research catalyzes practical applications and, in turn, provides avenues to study other challenging problems.

The FLAME Doctoral Program is particularly focused on preparing researchers who:

  • Extend the boundaries of current knowledge and are also able to create new knowledge
  • Are adept in the use of traditional methodologies and the latest tools and build on these to develop new techniques to answer questions that transcend disciplinary boundaries
  • Can communicate clearly and effectively to the expert and the public at large the insights gleaned from the research
  • Can apply the skills and knowledge in practical contexts

Conceptual Clarity and Real-world Application

We emphasize conceptual clarity and the utilization and development of new methodologies that are employed not only to illuminate the issue under study but also in a wide range of contexts. Our PhD scholars work collaboratively on real-world issues in close association with outside organizations/industries and apply appropriate and innovative methodologies to address their problems. This serves to create a virtuous cycle where academic research catalyzes practical applications and in turn, provides fodder for challenging research problems.



A Research Advisory Committee (RAC) consisting of experts in the field will be constituted for each PhD candidate and will be the main body guiding the candidate in their research work. The RAC will have a Research Supervisor (a senior member of the faculty who will be the convener of the committee), a Co-Research Supervisor, one or more eminent scholars (internal or external), and the operational head of the area in which the doctoral work is conducted.



The scholar should have published at least two (2) research papers in refereed/Scopus/Web of Science indexed journals and should have made at least two paper presentations in conferences / seminars on their PhD research work to be eligible for the submission of the thesis.

A PhD candidate admitted under the FLAME University Fellowship Scheme will be provided a monthly stipend with biennial increments. Candidates will also be offered accommodation on campus based on availability or compensated with a house rent allowance as per the university's policy for 4 years from the date of admission.

Candidates on a fellowship will also receive financial assistance to attend select national and international conferences, as well as a contingency grant per year during the PhD program.

An essential component of a PhD scholar’s training is pedagogy. Candidates on stipendiary support from FLAME will be expected to assist in teaching at least one course in each semester, beginning in the second year of the PhD program.


FLAME University is the place where virtually any idea can become a reality.
To apply to the PhD program, please follow our online application process.

The following documents need to be submitted along with the application

  1. A statement of purpose indicating why you are interested in pursuing a PhD. Please include details of any previous research or practical experience, publications, outreach activities, and other achievements that indicate your suitability to carry out a PhD (no more than 750 words).
  2. A brief outline of your proposed research project, including a short review of the literature and your proposed methodology (no more than 1000 words).
  3. A CV or resume including details of your educational qualifications, employment history, and any other relevant experience. Please specify if you are currently enrolled in a PhD program elsewhere or have completed your M.Phil.

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