Applications invited for Ph.D in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

There are exciting opportunities for doing your Ph.D at Centre for Wildlife Studies (CWS) in the field of wildlife ecology and conservation. We are looking for highly motivated and academically driven candidates, with demonstrated interest in field-based research in wildlife ecology and conservation. 


The following are some of the projects for which we have opportunities for you:


  1. Understanding human–leopard interactions in the hilly landscapes of rural Himachal Pradesh.
  2. Connectivity modeling and spatial conservation prioritization of large mammals, combining a sound theoretical foundation of landscape ecology and using current methodological approaches for empirical data collection and analyses.
  3. Landscape-scale conservation planning in Nagaland and/or other parts of Northeast India, integrating aspects of rural livelihood requirements, ecological / species conservation requirements and feasibility of conservation using spatial tools.
  4. Nesting ecology of king cobra in the Himalaya.
  5. Large herbivore population ecology and inter- and intra-specific interactions in a dynamic, floodplain ecosystem.
  6. Ecological and behavioral adaptations of the Asian elephant to heterogeneous, human-dominated landscapes.
  7. Evaluation of tourism opportunities and challenges across Indian protected areas.
  8. Understanding illegal wildlife trade across ecological, political socio-cultural and economic contexts.
  9. Monitoring species occurrence, distribution and turnover in human-modified landscapes.
  10. Evaluating conservation technology interventions in addressing human-wildlife interactions.
  11. Leopard ecology and interactions with humans in urban landscapes of Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  12. Primate ecology and conservation, with focus on the lion-tailed macaque and/or the western hoolock gibbon.

In addition to the positions available in different projects, those with CSIR/UGC/DST doctoral fellowships are encouraged to apply provided their interests match that of a Guide in CWS.


Essential qualifications

Indian national, with a post-graduate degree in natural sciences, social sciences, medical sciences or engineering with at least 55% marks or equivalent, and 6 months of experience in field-based wildlife research.


Desirable qualifications

Additional experience and training in the field of wildlife biology; Demonstrated ability to write proposals and reports; Publication of scientific and popular articles; Knowledge of survey and analytical methods in ecology; Working knowledge of software such as QGIS/ArcGIS and R.


How to apply

Please send your application in the prescribed format only by email to with the following text in the subject line: PhDApplication_FirstName_LastName.


The selection process

Applicants shortlisted based on essential and desirable qualifications would be invited to appear for a written test and/or interview at the Centre for Wildlife Studies, Bangalore or elsewhere in India, at their expense.

Last date for receipt of application: 24th May 2017 

Interview with shortlisted candidates: Last week of June 2017

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