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What is the Collaborative Doctoral Program in South Asian Studies?

The Collaborative Doctoral Program in South Asian Studies is offered by the Centre for South Asian Studies, in collaboration with the graduate departments of Anthropology, English, History, Geography, Political Science, the Centre for the Study of Religion and the Faculty of Social Work. Students applying to one of these home graduate units listed above may be eligible to also enroll in the Collaborative Program in South Asian Studies. The Collaborative Program is designed for students who wish to acquire a nuanced understanding of this region as a secondary area of specialization in addition to pursuing graduate studies in their home graduate unit. Upon completion, students will receive a degree from their home unit and a notation on their transcript indicating that they have completed the Collaborative Program in South Asian Studies.

The focus of this program is necessarily broad in that it provides students with an understanding of ancient and modern history, social change, economic development, contemporary politics, religious traditions, literary culture, and a spectrum of related topics. In addition, both Master's and Doctoral students will have the opportunity to interact with a number of specialists in the field and also participate in several academic seminars.

How Do I Apply?

Students wishing to be admitted in the Collaborative Program must apply to one of the units listed below (a home unit). A supplementary application must be submitted to the Centre for the South Asian Studies. The application form can also be downloaded as a PDF here.

The participating graduate units are:

Applicants should select a home unit based on academic interests and background preparation. You must qualify to be enrolled in both the home unit and the Centre for South Asian Studies to be eligible to participate in the Collaborative Program. In your application to the home unit, please indicate that you are also applying to the Collaborative Doctoral Program in South Asian Studies. Doctoral students need to demonstrate that they are capable of undertaking research in the area by indicating that they have taken undergraduate or graduate courses that included a strong South Asian component, and, if necessary, a familiarity with one or more Indian languages that will be required for their research.

What are the application deadlines?

Please check your home unit's application deadline. There is no application deadline for the collaborative program.

Please note that the Centre will not be able to offer admission to the Collaborative Program unless the student is admitted to the home unit.

What are the Program requirements?

Students enrolled in the Collaborative Program are required to satisfy the degree requirements of both the home unit and the Collaborative Program.The Collaborative Program degree requirements include:

  • A half-year (January to April) interdisciplinary core course entitled Issues in South Asian Studies (SAS 2004H). The course will be taught by faculty members from participating home units. This is a mandatory course that all students enrolled in the Collaborative Program will be required to complete. Please check with the home unit to ensure that the core course can be taken in lieu of one of the courses required by the home unit.
  • Attendance at the visiting lecture series organized by the Centre. Typically the Centre organizes 4 or 5 lectures given by experts in different aspects of South Asian Studies. Doctoral students are required to attend the lecture during the year that they take the core course and are also required to attend the lecture series for one additional year.
  • Doctoral students may be required to acquire proficiency in a South Asian language.
  • Doctoral students writing a thesis must include a significant South Asian component in their dissertation.
  • Doctoral students are required to give a research presentation on a South Asian topic to the Program Committee in the third or fourth year of the program.

How long does the program take?

Depending on the requirements of the home unit, the minimum period for the Doctoral Program could be 4 to 5 years.

For information about the collaborating home units, their admission requirements and deadlines, please contact:

Department of Anthropology
Phone: 416-978-5416
Email: anthropology.grad@utoronto.ca
Website: www.anthropology.utoronto.ca

Centre for Comparative Literature
Phone: 416- 813-4041
Email: banguyen@chass.utoronto.ca
Website: www.chass.utoronto.ca/complit/index.html

Graduate Centre for the Study of Drama
Phone: 416-978-7980
Email: graduate.drama@utoronto.ca
Website: www.graddrama.utoronto.ca/index.html

Department of East Asian Studies
Phone: 416-978-2526
Email: celia.sevilla@utoronto.ca
Website: www.eas.utoronto.ca/

Department of English
Phone: 416-978-2526
Email: deptofenglish.graduate@utoronto.ca
Website: www.utoronto.ca/english

Department of Geography
Phone: 416-978-3377
Email: finlayson@geog.utoronto.ca
Website: www.geog.utoronto.ca

Department of History
Phone: 416-978-3369
Email: histgrad@chass.utoronto.ca
Website: www.chass.utoronto.ca/history

Faculty of Music
Phone: 416-978-5772
Email: grad.music@utoronto.ca
Website: www.music.utoronto.ca

Department of Political Science
Email: louis.tentsos@utoronto.ca
Website: http://politics.utoronto.ca/

Centre for the Study of Religion
Phone: 416-978-3057
Email: religion.grad@utoronto.ca
Website: www.religion.utoronto.ca

Sociology and Equity Studies in Education
Phone: 416-978-0506
Email: sese.chair@utoronto.ca
Website: www.oise.utoronto.ca/depts/sese/