Madras Institute of Development Studies (MIDS)

Chennai Tamil Nadu

Establish: 1971, Autonomous, Non-Profit

The Madras Institute of Development Studies (MIDS) is a research institute based in Chennai. It is a joint undertaking of the Governments of India and Tamil Nadu for conducting research on development problems in Tamil Nadu and the rest of India.

MIDS was established by Malcolm Adiseshiah and his wife Elizabeth Adiseshiah in January 1971. Malcolm Adiseshiah served as its first Director. In March 1977, MIDS was reconstituted as a National Research Institute under the sponsorship of Government of India through the Indian Council of Social Science Research and the Government of Tamil Nadu. The Adiseshiah's donated the land, buildings, furniture, equipment and made cash endowments to the newly constituted institute. Malcolm Adiseshiah resigned as MIDS' Director in 1978 and became the Chairman and Honorary fellow. Professor C.T. Kurien became the next Director of MIDS. In 1985, the Reserve Bank of India established a Chair for applied research in regional economics, which has since been converted to a fully autonomous unit in 2002. Know more…

Contact Details:

79, Second Main Road, Gandhinagar, Adyar
Chennai Tamil Nadu 600020
Phone: 044 - 24412589 24411574 24412295 24419771
Fax: 044 - 24910872

Courses offered
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    Course Description
    Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)
    Course Type Course Duration
    Degree 3 Years
    Course Other Description

    Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D), 3-year program, admission for the academic year 2018-2019


    • PhD (Economics)
    • PhD (Sociology)
    • PhD (History)
    • PhD (Political Science)
    • PhD (Anthropology)
    1. Post Graduation with, at least, 55% marks in (Economics, Sociology, History, Political Science, and Anthropology).  Inter-disciplinary proposals are also welcome.

    2. Candidate should have cleared National Eligibility Test (NET)  or obtained M. Phil  or have published two research articles in reputed journals in social sciences (please attach reprints)

    3. Scholars are eligible to register only after a six-month Pre-Ph.D. Foundation Course. In case of the non-clearance of Foundation Course/non-registration, his/her fellowship may be discontinued.

    4. The employed applicants have to take consent from their employer at the time of submitting their application form for the award of the fellowship.

    5. Only those employed candidates, who are the employed in an organization, which follows the UGC or Central/State Government norms, would be eligible to apply for the fellowship.

    6. Candidates who got JRF from UGC can also apply.  They have to apply for fellowship directly to UGC to get the fellowship through MIDS.

    7. Reservation as per UGC norms.

    Age:   The upper age limit for a doctoral fellow is below 35 years as on September 1, 2015 (relaxable by 5 years in case of SC/ST). For teachers and professional staff of research institute holding regular posts, the upper age limit would be 45 years.

    Value of the Fellowship & Contingency Grant: As approved by ICSSR the Fellowship amount for the first two years will be of Rs. 16,000/= per month with a contingency of Rs. 15,000/= per year. Duration of the Fellowship is two years and extendable by one year.  This extension is applicable to unemployed scholars subject to satisfactory performance.

    The selection of candidates will be strictly on the basis of the availability of Supervisors and their area of specialization.

    Selection Process: The selection will be on the basis of qualification, research proposal, written test and personal interview.  Short-listed candidates will be called for interview.  The interview date will be notified subsequently.

    Admission Procedure

    The completed applications along with the research proposal may be sent to:

    The Director
    Madras Institute of Development Studies
    79, Second Main Road, Gandhi Nagar, Adyar
    Chennai – 600 020

    Phd Admission Notification 2015-14

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