The Fellow Programme in Management (FPM) is the doctoral programme of the IIMA. The objective of the FPM is to equip students with necessary skills to identify and carry out research on complex issues in the specialized field of management. The programme is strongly committed to preparing thought leaders, both for the academic and corporate world. Graduates of the FPM are placed in world class organizations in teaching, research and consulting positions. A total of 365 doctoral students have graduated from IIMA so far.
The FPM seeks candidates with outstanding academic credentials, intellectual curiosity and discipline needed to make scholarly contribution. It provides a diverse set of opportunities for interdisciplinary learnings and research. The student becomes part of one of the eleven functional/sectoral areas and acquires the super specialized theoretical knowledge and practical aspects of the area. The small class size allows close interaction with faculty members, who provide the intellectual stimulus and help develop the student's own research interests and professional goals. Students spend generally a little over four years that includes two years of rigorous course work. Course work in the first year provides a general management overview and develops basic skills for analyzing managerial problems. In the second year, students take advanced doctoral level courses in their areas of high levels of specialization. After completing the course work, students have to pass an area comprehensive examination to demonstrate that they have reached a level of proficiency in the area of high levels of specialization. The doctoral dissertation, for the next couple of years, provides them with an opportunity to make original contribution to an area of management or to one of its source disciplines. Students admitted to the FPM receive a comprehensive fellowship that covers all costs and in addition provides a modest living allowance.
IIMA provides an excellent environment for carrying out advanced research. It has excellent facilities in computing, library, and data resources. The faculty at IIMA is considered the best in the field having studied and worked in the best of institutions within and outside India. Their involvement with public and private organizations globally allows them to bring relevant managerial issues into the classroom and in their research. This creates a unique and exceptional environment for developing a research programme that can build sound theory for analyzing complex managerial problems.