1. The duration of the programme is calculated from the date of admission to the date of submission of the thesis.
    2. The minimum duration is three years, 
  • The maximum duration is six years, but may be extended on approval by the Doctoral Committee. 


  1. A Master’s degree (or equivalent) in any subject

MLCU is a development university and so promotes the pursuit of applied research in the social sciences.  Candidates who wish to study issues and problems pertaining to the development of communities are especially invited to apply to MLCU.  Projects that test an intervention to solve a social problem are particularly welcome.  Research that investigates solutions to a community problem is generally multidisciplinary in its approach and will necessitate a broad canvas of thinking.
MLCU also encourages research on indigenous issues, especially indigenous knowledge.  It is important to preserve and revitalize the traditional ways and wisdom of the indigenous peoples of Northeast India and find useful applications to modern life.  Traditional medicine and the fine arts and folklore of the region, especially music, dance and literary forms are other areas of current research at MLCU.

PhD Application Information:

Please read the following instructions carefully:
Please prepare the following to be submitted with your application form:

  1. Please submit a 500 words essay on:
    Why I want to do a PhD and how it will help my career and benefit society?
  2. Please submit a tentative research proposal of approximately 1500 words with five to ten academic references. Click here for the prescribed format.
  3. The Application Fee of Rs. 1000/- (Rupees One Thousand Only) is to be paid before submission of the application form. Please follow instructions given in the portal to make your payment. 
  4. For further queries write to phdgeneral@mlcuniv.in  or to The Secretary, Doctoral Committee, Martin Luther Christian University, Dongktieh, Block I, Nongrah, Shillong 793006, Meghalaya, India.

Process of Selection:

  1. The application forms, the essay and the tentative research proposal will be screened. 
  2. If selected, the candidates will be informed and will be called to appear for an Entrance test. 

PhD Entrance Test and Interview:

Entrance Test


  1. The candidates who have been short listed are to appear for an online entrance test. 
  2. The link will be sent to all short-listed candidates 24hours before the entrance test.
  3. The duration of the Entrance Test is 3 hours
  4. The test will cover the following areas: 
  • Communicative English
  • Analytical skills
  • Research methods
  • Community orientation


The Interview which is part of the selection process will be conducted online.
The link will be sent to you 24 hours before the scheduled interview time.
The duration of the interview for each candidate is 10 minutes.
The interview will cover the following topics:

  • Communicative English
  • Analytical skills
  • Research methods
  • Community orientation

*Please be acquainted with the policies related doctoral studies in MLCU

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