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Cognitive Sciences & Technology Ph. D. Fellowship

Call for applications for full-time Ph. D. studies in Cognitive Sciences and Technology at AMMACHI Labs

Do you have a passion to work with cutting edge technologies such as robotics, machine learning and neurocognition to serve mankind by developing technological solutions for skill development and lifelong learning? Then our PhD Fellowship at AMMACHI Labs is just for you!

Eligibility

Admission

ELIGIBILITY
  • Completed a Master’s degree or must be in their final semester of Master’s program in any of the academic disciplines mentioned in the above section.
  • Bachelors in Computer Science may also be considered.
  • CGPA above 8.0 at the preceding degree (mandatory for fellowship)
  • Age limit: Below the age of 50 years (exceptions could be made upon discretion by the Admissions Committee)
  • A statement in English explaining why the candidate wants to study in our program.
  • Three letters of recommendation in English.
Applicants must have
  • Good communication skills
  • Capacity to work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Experience related to social work is helpful but not mandatory
  • Willingness to work in rural communities of India
  • We welcome applications from prospective full-time students ONLY. This PhD program will take 4 years to complete when enrolled as a full-time student.

Program Overview

Program Background

“There are two types of education: education for a living and education for life. When we study in college, striving to become a doctor, a lawyer, or an engineer, that is education for a living. But education for life requires an understanding of the essential principles of spirituality; it is about gaining a deeper understanding of the world, our minds, our emotions, and ourselves.”

– Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, Chancellor, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

We at AMMACHI Labs (Amrita MultiModal Applications and Human Computer Interaction) of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, India’s #1 Private University, and Institute of Eminence (IoE), are a multi-disciplinary research and development lab with a focus on technologies for inclusive empowerment through skill development. AMMACHI labs aims to bridge the national skill gap, between a dearth of skilled labor and the lack of skills training infrastructure, developing and utilizing technology enabled learning and teaching solutions to provide vocational and life skills training. We work to strengthen the nation’s economic fiber and contribute to its social stability by empowering individuals with an emphasis on targeting vulnerable populations such as rural women, migrant workers, and at-risk youth.

We believe that excellence in science finds its highest expression of virtue by serving others, especially underserved populations.

Our Fellowship in Cognitive Sciences & Technology utilizes a problem-driven approach to research, by designing, developing and implementing technologies for the purpose of improving teaching and learning outcomes of skills development (both physical and cognitive skills).

Program Overview

Our Chancellor’s exemplary vision and unwavering endeavor to care for and address the needs of people underserved, drives the program’s comprehensive yet flexible curriculum. We enroll and cater to candidates from various disciplines and work towards skill development.

Program Highlights
  • Joint and Dual PhD program possibilities in affiliation with international universities
  • Engagement with industry
  • Projects funded by the UN, Government of India, etc.
  • Join world class research centers and work with distinguished international scientists and professors
Research Disciplines
  • Interdisciplinary studies in Cognitive Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary studies in Engineering and Robotics
Research Topics

The offered research context of Skill development is interdisciplinary and includes three components:

  • Skill capture and analytics
  • Skill transfer capture and analysis
  • Skill transfer technologies

Our research and development projects will be done by interdisciplinary teams of students and expert researchers by using methodologies from neuroscience, artificial intelligence, technology environments (e.g., virtual reality and augmented reality), computer science, cognitive psychology and education.

Curriculum & Faculty

Amrita’s PhD program in Cognitive Sciences and Technology is a multidisciplinary and theory-into-practice program. It is designed to provide an interdisciplinary grounding with its integrative courses.

We offer this program in two modules:

  1. Academic Learning Module:The academic learning module will be designed and tailored to suit proposed research and development context. The module will constitute a set of Core courses and Elective courses. Wherever applicable, we will arrange:
    • International faculty lectures to offer various specialized courses and academic workshops;
    • Technical workshops from industries to enhance technical knowledge and
    • Allow taking MOOC courses from reputed universities with transferable credits
  2. Experiential Learning Module:All PhD students will work on topics with the goal of creating tangible community impact, through intervention or product research & development. The Experiential Learning Module includes:
    • Organized community visits
    • Theory-into-practice approaches to effective community/ industry engagement
    • Developing technology solutions to community identified problems

The modules include interdisciplinary studies in Cognitive Sciences, Engineering, and Robotics

  1. Interdisciplinary studies in Cognitive Sciences:
    • Learning Sciences
    • Neuroscience
    • Educational Sciences
    • Pedagogy & Psychology
    • Philosophy & Anthropology (with emphasis on cultural anthropology)
  2. Interdisciplinary studies in Engineering and Robotics:
    • Virtual Reality/ Augmented Reality for education and training
    • Brain Computer Interfacing
    • Machine and Deep Learning
    • Computer Vision
    • Human Robot Interaction
    • Cognitive Robotics
    • Developmental Robotics

The course structure is designed to combine flexibility to pursue an individual field of study, with the development of broad-based skills and knowledge in relation to cognitive sciences and technologies such as Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence. The students should maintain at least an overall average of B+ with no grade lower than a B in any of the core classes.

Faculty at Amrita
Who Can Apply?

International and Indian-citizen students can apply for the program. Fellowships can be requested through the online registration form. Applicants from a wide range of academic disciplines can apply, including:

  • Computer Science
  • Electronics and Communication and Instrumentation Engineering,
  • Mechanical Engineering,
  • Artificial intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Neuro Cognition
  • Robotics
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Brain and cognitive science
Funding Information

Amrita is currently offering 6 fully funded fellowships for international and Indian students who wish to join for a full-time PhD program. The fellowships will be awarded purely based on academic excellence.

Funding for International Candidates
  • All international students who successfully enroll in the Ph.D. program at Amrita will acquire the International Fellowship.
  • Each fully funded fellowship will include:
Features of the Fellowship Cost/year Amount for 4 years
Tuition fee (100% waived) USD 1,500 USD 6,000
A monthly stipend (USD 350** per month – not exceeding INR 25,000 per month) USD 4,200/year USD 16,800
Additional funding (upto to USD 3,600** – not exceeding INR 250,000) may be availed for research travel, seed funding based on eligibility and performance. USD 3,600
Total amount funded/Fellowship (for 4 years) USD 26,400/-
  • **Not exceeding a maximum of INR 25,000 per month. This amount more than covers the basic living expenses at Amritapuri, Kollam.
  • *** The additional funding will be provided by AMMACHI Labs based on a review and selection process. In addition to the research travel and seed funding, there will also be opportunities to apply for a teaching assistantship and taking part in funded research and development projects.

Terms and Conditions:

  • All costs towards the PhD be borne by the University, considering the following:
    • The Fellowship is valid for a minimum of 3 years and can go upto a maximum of 4 years based purely on academic evaluation. Credibility of the candidates and competency of the projects will be given top priority.
    • It is mandatory that each PhD candidate’s research work (awarded with fully funded fellowship) results in the implementation of a sustainable technological solution,
    • Minimum performance criteria is met
Funding for Indian candidates:
  • All Indian students who successfully enroll in the Ph.D. program at Amrita will acquire the Fellowship.
  • Each fully funded fellowship will include:
Features Cost/year Minimum Funding Maximum Funding
Full tuition fee waiver INR 4,20,000 for 4 years (100% waiver on tuition fees)
A monthly stipend INR 3,00,000/year (INR 25,000** per month) INR 9,00,000 for 3 years INR 12,00,000 for 4 years
Additional funding (maybe availed for research travel, seed funding based on eligibility and performance) *** INR 250,000
Total amount funded/Fellowship (for 4 years) INR 18,70,000/-
  • **Not exceeding a maximum of INR 25,000 per month. This amount more than covers the basic living expenses at Amritapuri, Kollam.
  • *** The additional funding will be provided by AMMACHI Labs based on a review and selection process. In addition to the research travel and seed funding, there will also be opportunities to apply for a teaching assistantship and taking part in funded research and development projects.

Terms and Conditions:

  • All costs towards the implementation of the proposed solution in communities will be borne by the University, considering the following:
    • The Fellowship is valid for a minimum of 3 years and can go upto a maximum of 4 years based purely on academic evaluation. The credibility of the candidates and competency of the projects will be given top priority.
    • It is mandatory that each PhD candidate’s research work (awarded with fully funded fellowship) results in the implementation of a sustainable technological solution,
    • Minimum performance criteria is met
Other Funding Available

Amrita also offers a wide range of partially funded scholarships for ALL students. They are open under:

  • Dean’s scholarships
  • Department scholarships
  • Short-term scholarships
  • Industry sponsored scholarships
  • Research and Teaching assistantships
  • Funded Research and Development projects
How to Apply?

Admission to our Ph.D. program is now open.

Indian Students

Step 1: Register with Us Online

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Step 2: Documents to be Submitted

Email us the following documents (as attachments) to phdadmissions@ammachilabs.org

  1. Statement of Purpose outlining your area of interest (up to 1000 words)
  2. Electronic copy of your academic transcripts
  3. CV that includes any publications
  4. Full official contact details of 2 referees
  5. Reference letters from the referees on their official letterheads
  6. English Language Certificate
    • 1. IELTS overall score minimum of 6.5 or equivalent (require a minimum score of 6 in each section);
    • 2. TOEFL score a minimum of 80 or equivalent
International Students

Kindly contact us through internationaladmission@amrita.edu

 

Please Note: If you have any queries while applying, kindly contact us through phdadmissions@ammachilabs.org

Fee Structure

Fees mentioned beside are current. The University reserves the right to alter fees at any time without notice.

Program Fees
CAMPUS TUITION FEES
PER YEAR
TUITION FEES
TOTAL
HOSTEL & MESS
PER YEAR
Amritapuri 30,000 * 77,400(Includes One Time 5000 CD*)

Why Amrita

The top reasons to choose Amrita for your career

601-800th

World University Rankings 2020

141

BRICS Rankings 2020

801–1000th

World University Rankings 2020

168th

BRICS University Rankings 2020

5th

India University Rankings 2021

12th

Overall Rankings 2021
ranking
Amrita Ranked No.1 in India Top 100 in The World
ranking
Amrita Ranked No.1 in India Top 100 in The World
ranking
Topmost
‘A++’ Grade

Contact

Ms. Divya Vijayan,
AMMACHI Labs
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

Emailphdadmissions@ammachilabs.org

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