Date: 9 June 2018 (Saturday)
Time: 1900 – 2000 hrs (Delhi). Starts 0930 (New York), 1430 (London).

Open to all. Free.

About the Webtalk

Topic: Applying for a PhD in the Social Sciences


  • Veena Mani, Doctoral Candidate, Anthropology and Cultural Studies, IIT Madras
  • Sudheesh R.C., DPhil Student, International Development, Oxford University
  • Preethi Krishnan, Doctoral Candidate, Sociology, Purdue University
  • Shilpa Menon, PhD Student, Anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago

Every year, several students interested in researching Kerala apply for a PhD in the social sciences. Many go about it, however, without adequate information, guidance, or perspective.

The panelists, at various stages of doing their PhD, will share their experience, knowledge, and understanding of how to apply for a PhD, including,

  • Where to apply – India or abroad?
  • How to send applications to the US and the UK;
  • Opportunities for research funding; and
  • Drafting your statement of purpose and research proposal.


  • Brief presentations by each speaker, followed by Live Q & A.
  • Group video call – Participants can ask questions via live video, audio, or text chat.
  • Connect with other scholars doing PhD or applying for PhD
  • For best results, you may submit queries in advance.

How to Participate

The event will be held using leading videoconferencing software Zoom (similar to Skype, but account not required).

If you have used Zoom, it is most likely installed on your device. Simply click on in your PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android to enter the meeting.

If you are going to use Zoom for the first time on your device, here’s how to do it. It usually takes only 4-5 minutes to download, install, and join a meeting.

1. Install the ‘Zoom Cloud Meetings’ app, from Google Play Store or iTunes store.
2. Click on ‘Join a Meeting’. (You need not Sign In or create an account via Sign Up.).
3. Key in the meeting number 831677549 and your preferred screen name.
4. Click ‘Join Meeting’.

1. Visit Zoom website and download ‘Zoom Client for Meetings’ software.
2. Install and run the software. Here is a step-by-step guide.
3. The meeting number is 831677549.


  • Please install Zoom software at least 15-20 minutes before the meeting.
  • Audio: Earphone-with-mic is recommended. First, plug in your earphone-with-mic, then start/launch Zoom, and then join the event.
  • To ask questions, please use the controls at the bottom of your screen. Click on ‘Chat’ (PC/laptop) or ‘More’ (mobile). For an oral question, click on ‘Raise Hand’, and you will be given the mic. You can also ask questions via text chat any time.
  • Familiarise yourself with button/controls on your screen. Here’s a one-page guide to Zoom.

Contact for details/support

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