Ph.D. Program in Economics

  • Ph.D students will be selected on the basis of their performance in an admission test followed by personal interview.
  • The duration of the program is four years. Ph.D. program involves successful completion of course work as well as submission of a Doctoral Dissertation.
  • In the first year, the research scholars are required to take two courses in Research Methodology (Econometric Methods & Applied Econometrics) and six advanced courses in economics.
  • Upon successful completion of the Qualifying Examination, the student should work for preparation of the Thesis proposal and defend the proposal at a seminar, prior to its submission, before the faculty members and fellow PhD students in the presence of the Doctoral Advisory Committee.
  • The student is expected to complete and submit the Research Proposal for PhD Thesis within two semesters of passing the Qualifying examination.
  • Students are also expected to present at least one seminar per semester in their respective departments demonstrating their progress.

duration Duration

  • 4 Years

eligibility Eligibility

  • Candidates with Postgraduate degree in Economics and Allied Disciplines such as Econometrics and Applied Economics etc., (with minimum 55% marks) from any UGC recognized University;
  • M.Phil/UGC-NET-JRF are additional qualifications
  • Minimum 17 years of education (10 + 2 + 3 + 2 or 10 +2+ 4 + 2). For the purpose of determining eligibility based on the percentage of marks, the procedure used by the respective University in award of the degree will only be taken into consideration.

Program Structure

Semester - I Semester - II
1. Basic Econometrics (Research Methodology) 5. Advanced Econometrics (Research Methodology)
2. Topics in Microeconomics 6. Theory of Finance
3. Topics in Macroeconomics 7. Seminar on International Economics
4. Seminar on Economic Growth and Development 8. Topics in Public Policy

Fellowship / Stipend for Full- time Ph.D. Program

All students admitted into the Ph.D program in Economics will be given a fellowship of Rs. 25,000 (Rupees Twenty Five Thousand only) per month.

After passing the Ph.D qualifying examination, the students will be paid a fellowship of Rs. 35,000 (Rupees Thirty Five Thousand only) till the student defends the thesis proposal.

Stipend of Rs. 40,000 (Rupees Forty Thousand only) per month will be paid to the student, after successful defense of thesis proposal and up to the completion of four years of Ph.D Program or completion of Ph.D Thesis, whichever is earlier.

In lieu of this fellowship, the students may be required to provide support for teaching / research / administrative activities of the University for up to 10 hours a week.

A professional development grant of Rs. 20,000 per annum is also provided to the students for the four years, for attending conferences, workshops and seminars. On successful defense of the Ph.D thesis by the students, they can pursue their career in any organization of their choice. However, such candidates may also opt to apply to IFHE or any of its sponsor/ constituent/affiliate/associate organizations and their request may be considered for a position of faculty at a suitable pay package, under a separate offer of appointment based on their educational background, performance in the Ph.D Program and availability of vacancies.

In the event, the student withdraws from the program, the student is liable to refund the stipend and the program fee provided as financial assistance by IFHE.


Free single on-campus accommodation is provided in the first year. The candidates are allotted individual non-AC rooms with a common washroom facility.

Features of the Program Associateship

During the program, the students will be associated with senior faculty members who are engaged in teaching, research, consultancy, and institutional development.

Summer Research Project

Students will do a 3 months summer research project in their area of specialization under the guidance of a mentor and will present a research seminar before he/she takes the Ph.D qualifying exam. The objective of this is to ensure that the student is exposed to research writing leading to a future publication.


Prof T Koti Reddy
Dean, ICFAI School of Social Sciences
Donthanapalli, Shankarapalli Road,
Hyderabad-501 203.
Telangana State
Contact No: 7997532244