Fellow Programme in Management

What is FPM?

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What is FPM?

FPM is the doctoral programme at IIMA. The FPM program prepares students to pursue a career, which requires high scholastic aptitude and academic research. The FPM programme is primarily designed to help students seek research careers in academia or elsewhere. It is a PhD programme and should not be confused with the MBA degree.

Where can I get more information about the Fellow Program in Management?

In-charge, FPM Office Fellow Programme in Management Indian Institute of Management, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad 380 015 Tel +91-79-6632 4638/39

What is the average completing time for undertaking an FPM?

The average completion time is between four to five years.

Is it possible to complete the FPM programme on a part-time basis?

No. However, a student may seek employment at the end of four and a half years with the concurrence of his / her thesis advisory committee and FPM Chair.

Who should apply? What are the typical backgrounds of doctoral students?

FPM programme is looking for highly motivated students interested in pursuing research careers requiring high scholastic aptitude. Typical students have varied backgrounds. Please follow the link to know about backgrounds of current students.

What are the qualities which IIMA is looking for in applicants to the program?

We are looking for highly motivated and disciplined candidates with strong academic preparation who exhibit curiosity, desire to learn, and have an inclination towards research.

How will I sustain myself for 4-5 years, if I have a family?

IIMA provides sufficient fellowship (including fees, boarding, lodging and stipend) for five years to doctoral students. Please refer later section for details.

Does it help to have an MBA degree before entering the FPM program?

Not really. From the first year itself the student takes Doctoral level courses alongwith some PGP courses recommended by his/her Academic Adviser. Hence, a student coming from non-management background is equally placed with those having a management background. Please check the area pages in the FPM Brochure for specific requirements. For example, P&QM area encourages students who have a quantitative training from various disciplines to apply for their programme. Similarly, students with a background in Psychology may find the work done in the Organizational Behaviour useful.

How do I apply? What is the process of admission to the programme? Where can I get the forms? Can I apply online?

Application form can be filled-in online. Application fee of Rs. 500/- can also be paid through IIMA payment gateway. Candidates have to attach copies of academic certificates/testimonials and qualifying examination score card along with the application. The qualifying exams are: Scores on standardized tests ( CAT / GATE / UGC JRF / GMAT / GRE / ICAR-SRF)

What are the important deadlines?

Last Date for FPM Application: January 23, 2017 Interview dates- March/April, 2017 Joining dates – June 2017

What is the purpose of the interview? What is expected at the interview for IIMA? Does it help if I come prepared with a research proposal?

The purpose of the interview is to gauge the academic preparation of the candidate for the programme. It also gives the candidate an opportunity to find out if the programme meets the requirements of the student. The student is not expected to have prepared any research proposal. In addition to interview, sSome of the Areas may conduct written test.

Does the programme accept international students?

Yes, the programme accepts international students. The eligibility requirements are the same as for domestic students. Please write to us specifically for details on the admission process and fees.

How selective is IIMA? What are my chances of getting admitted? How many students are admitted each year?

IIMA offers around 25-30 offers in each year from a large no. of applicants.

{Do you have an option of doing inter-disciplinary research? }

Yes. You could specify this at the time of application. However, you will be housed in an area. You could take courses from a variety of areas and choose your thesis topic that cuts across disciplines.

Is the courses work at IIMA very difficulty?

The institute expects high academic rigour and integrity. It has stringent requirements at every stage of the programme. The candidates who are unable to meet the requirements are asked to resign from the programme.

What are the important stages in the FPM program?

The key stages are 1. First year coursework (FPM Compulsory courses, Area FPM Courses and some recommended PGP course/s) 2. Second year coursework in area of specialization 3. Area comprehensive examination 4. Proposal defense 5. Data collection / Research 6. Thesis seminar 7. Thesis defense

How much flexibility exists in the FPM program? Can I change my area of research during my stay at IIMA?

IIMA FPM programme offers a mix of flexibility and rigidity to the students. Students are allowed to change their chosen area of work during the first year at IIMA, if they fulfil specified criteria. Please see specific deadlines for doing so). IIMA offers high degree of flexibility in choosing area of research. However a student is required to complete his/her area comprehensive exam and thesis proposal defense by the end of third year.

How do I choose my research topic?

A research topic requires interest and motivation of student and availability of a suitable guide interested in the area. FPM students form a Thesis Advisory Committee with whom they have to work towards their thesis.

What is the process of getting Infosys scholarship and how much is the amount?

Infosys Fellowship is awarded to a few students who have chosen the IT sector as their area of research (They could be in any field of management and not necessarily in the IT area). We follow a stringent selection process for the fellowship and all students who have finished their first year of FPM but have not yet submitted their thesis proposal are eligible.

Are doctoral students required to teach?


What support is available for presenting research papers in Indian and international conferences?

IIMA offers full support for attending domestic conferences. Competitive Travel Grants are available for attending international conferences as per the prevailing policy.

How do I find a job, after completing my doctoral studies?

How do I find a job, after completing my doctoral studies?

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