The Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad offers one of the most prominent and sought after doctoral programme in high levels of specialization in management in India. Our doctoral programme graduated its first student in 1974 and since then 349 doctoral students have been conferred with the title, "Fellow of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (FPM)."
We provide a thriving intellectual ecosystem for our doctoral students to chase knowledge and to ponder some of the most critical issues in high levels of specialization in management and corporate world – in India and internationally, and in the pursuit create solutions and new knowledge. FPM scholars investigate a wide range of topics and pursue questions relating to management, markets, finance, economics, public policy, business policy, human resources, and organizations. We provide excellent research facilities to our doctoral students including a state-of-the-art library on management literature, journals and databases, housing on campus, a decent fellowship, and additional financial support for research and conference attendance.
A doctoral degree in management could lead to rewarding careers filled with inquiry and intellectual growth, mostly faculty positions at institutions of higher learning such as business schools, consulting domains and think tanks, and also corporates to a certain extent. The FPM students have to demonstrate their independent research, thought leadership and high levels of specialized knowledge through publications in academic journals and scholarly presentations of their work. Their contributions extend not only to business practices, but also to public policy and governance.
Our FPM students come from a variety of backgrounds, including engineering, economics, psychology, public policy, management, and social sciences, and from all stages of life. Some begin immediately following their undergraduate studies while others pursue their doctoral ambitions after a decade or more of professional experience. The students develop a strong theoretical foundation through a rigorous 2-year coursework and then pursue their dissertation.
The faculty at IIMA brings tremendous research strength and a wide variety of industry and government experience across diverse sectoral and functional domains. These provide many opportunities to doctoral students who work closely with faculty members both in the classrooms as well as on individual research projects. The institute encourages cross-sectoral and cross-functional research.
We are conscious that we are training some of our prospective colleagues in India and abroad and therefore seek highly motivated individuals with outstanding academic backgrounds to research and advance the frontiers of management knowledge. We invite you to consider our doctoral programme and would be happy to discuss your academic interests, if you have the inclination and commitment to undertake rigorous training and subsequently pursue an academic or a corporate career with a focus on research.