With the imminent possibility of the LIGO-India project in India, this area of research provides great opportunities for students to lead cutting-edge research at a frontier of science. The true interdisciplinary nature of this subject presents challenging problems in areas such as astronomy & astrophysics, high-performance computing, big-data management and analysis, numerical relativity, precision metrology, optics and laser technology, control systems, vibration isolation, and various branches of engineering.

A list of universities and research institutions abroad offering PhD opportunities in experimental and theoretical gravitational-wave physics and astronomy can be found below.