Internships & Short term Fellowships

NIAS Consciousness Studies Programme offers Internships and Short term fellowships for bright students who have keen interest in any aspect of consciousness studies. Selected interns are offered mentorship and guidance to do interdisciplinary research, and conceive an original research problem with an organic outlook.. To spend a month or more at NIAS and receive mentorship and research guidance from any of the members of the NIAS Consciousness Studies Programme
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“Kalaatmika” an Interdisciplinary Research Internship Programme
A Joint IGNCA-SRC & NIAS Initiative

“Kalaatmika” an Interdisciplinary Research Internship Programme - IGNCA-SRC and NIAS Joint Initiative

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In the past we have offered NIAS-Mani Bhaumik short term fellowships over a period of 4 years to 17 selected young students.

Geetha Anand - Body, Self and Consciousness in Tamil Siddha Philosophy
Sathya Narayana Sharma - Desire, Emotions and Self: A philosophical study of the psychology of autism
Abhinav Kadambi - Brain lateralization, sociability and memory of conspecifics – a correlational study in climbing perch, Anabas testudineus
Akshata Bhat - Personality differences in Decision-Speed and Accuracy among Climbing Perch
Mukta Watve - ‘Metamorphosing memories’: Investigations on the ‘fate of larval memories’ after metamorphosis in the common Asian toad
Roshan.K.S Sathyavrathan - Autobiographical Remembrance in School Children: A Window to the Structure of Memory and Self
Venkata Rayudu Posina - Category Theory as Language of Consciousness
Pravesh Parekh - Study of Altered Self-consciousness in Schizophrenia using a Connectionist approach
Adwait Deshpande - Referentiality and Intentionality in the Coo-calls of Bonnet Macaques (Macaca radiata) in contexts of food provisioning by humans
Pankaj Taylor - The impact of mild and moderate stroke and head injury on the Autobiographical memory and the Self.

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The NIAS Consciousness Studies Programme is an interdisciplinary programme of the National Institute of Advanced Studies situated in the campus of Indian Institute of Science, in Bangalore, India. The Programme brings in philosophy, cognitive sciences, animal studies, psychology, creativity studies, physics and the neurosciences in its research mandate. The NIAS Programme on Consciousness Studies began at NIAS in 1992. There is a need to look at human experiences and consciousness as a whole, and in the interdisciplinary context of the humanities, biological, cognitive and the physical sciences. The Consciousness Studies Programme at NIAS, while adopting a larger framework, is disciplinarily grounded in humanities, neurophysics, behavioural and cognitive sciences, neurosciences and neuropsychiatry.

In a period of 22 years, four international conferences, three national conferences, and several landmark discussion meetings have been organised by NIAS and these have been attended by experts in the field from different countries and from within India, and the proceedings have been published. Some of our collaborators and speakers at the conferences include Charles Townes, Jane Goodall, Roger Penrose, Stuart Hameroff et al.

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Why Consciousness Studies?

It is the subject for cutting egde interdisciplinary research in the 21st century with questions concerning life in general and human mind and cognition in particular. Because of developments in the areas of neurosciences, neuropsychology, neurophilosophy, relevant areas of physics and cosmology over the past 20 years, this field has become an active area of research in various countries. There have been more than a hundred books published on the related topics in recent years.

Today, consciousness studies have implications in varied planes of human interactions questioning our fundamental assumptions about origins of life, nature of subjective experiences, and human wellbeing. Along side is the pertinent enquiry into the presence and nature of consciousness in non-human species.

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