Fellowship Programme in Management (FPM)

Four-year, Full-time Programme

AICTE approved


The full time Fellowship Programme in Management (FPM) at IMI Kolkata has been designed to cater to the scholarly needs of the faculty members, researchers and executives willing to pursue rigorous research work at doctoral level on a full time basis. The FPM programme is aimed at giving prospective scholars an academic space to challenge the conventional wisdom and encourage them to extend horizons of current thought into a new realm of knowledge and understanding. The FPM research scholars of IMI Kolkata are expected to undertake a rigorous multidisciplinary approach to offer original works of theoretical and application oriented research with far reaching implications.

The Programme

IMI Kolkata offers ample opportunities for advanced study and research. The primary focus of the programme is to prepare qualified candidates for academic careers in research, teaching and consultancy. The programme includes intensive formal courses as well as individually pursued self- study or seminar courses on special topics. The research scholars are expected to work closely with the Institute's well-known faculty, both inside and outside the classroom.

The FPM is designed to train scholars for careers in research, teaching and consultancy in technical and theoretical disciplines underlying business administration. These skills have become mandatory for jobs in academia and are increasingly important in business and government, as well as in consulting, research and technical advisory firms.

Programme Objective

  • Promote contemporary academic research
  • Develop the prospect of new age management education in India with pertinent theoretical insights
  • Train, motivate and empower prospective scholars to become highly skilled and innovative researchers and facilitators


Programme duration

The programme is of four years' duration. However, this is extendable maximum up to 1 year in exceptional cases, subject to the consideration and approval by the IMI Kolkata research council. It consists of two phases. The first phase of the programme involves course work for two years followed by a comprehensive examination (CE). The CE based on research scholar's chosen area of interest will be taken after completion of the course work. The CE serves as a gateway to the dissertation as the means to ensure that research scholars have the background knowledge to do a doctoral dissertation.

The second phase requires scholars to work on their thesis. This involves the preparation of thesis proposal, pursuing research on this proposal and finally an examination based on the thesis leading to FPM.

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