Admission to the NCF Doctoral Programme 2021

Tanuj Nagpal

The Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to science-driven and socially responsible approaches to conservation. Using an approach pivoted on scientific research into ecology and human society, NCF explores interdisciplinary approaches to conservation issues, and seeks to develop working models of conservation that are contextually relevant, socially equitable, cost-effective, and enduring.

NCF invites applications for admission to its doctoral programme in Conservation Science and Practice. Initiated in 2006, NCF’s doctoral programme combines innovative coursework, personal mentorship, and field research to provide a strong and interdisciplinary academic focus for each project. It will equally encourage basic and applied research, although we anticipate that many projects will culminate in actual, on-ground conservation programmes. NCF is formally affiliated as a research center with the Manipal Academy for Higher Education (MAHE), Manipal, for this programme.

Interested candidates are advised to visit the webpages of the following faculty who are willing to accept students during this intake (you must indicate the names of potential supervisor (s) in the application form):

Aparajita Datta

Anand Osuri

Kulbhushansingh Suryawanshi

Rohan Arthur

Rohit Naniwadekar

Yash Veer Bhatnagar

Selection of candidates will be based on a passion for wildlife and relevant experience, as applicable, and will be in line with NCF’s staff policy including gender and diversity. To the extent possible, we will encourage competent local candidates drawn from communities living in the landscapes where the research projects are to be conducted.


The candidate must have a Master’s degree in any relevant discipline, including a minimum of 55% marks in aggregate or equivalent. Previous research and/or field experience will be desirable.


The NCF doctoral fellowship will be offered to one of the selected candidates based on the recommendation of the selection panel. The fellowship will comply to DST-CSIR norms and will be available for a period of five years subject to annual review.


Based on review of the applications, a list of shortlisted candidates will be invited for two rounds of interviews. We also encourage candidates who have qualified for CSIR-JRF/UGC-JRF/INSPIRE Fellowship to apply to the programme. These candidates will not be considered for the NCF doctoral fellowship.


Interested candidates must fill the online application form and attach the requested documents (completed personal and educational details form, digital copy of passport-sized photograph, updated CV, publications and copies of fellowship award letter (UGC-JRF, CSIR-JRF, INSPIRE, if applicable), where indicated.

The deadline for receiving the online application is 26 August 2021. In case you have any queries or need help applying, please write to