Programme Overview

THE FELLOW PROGRAMME IN MANAGEMENT (equivalent to P hD) has been carefully designed to prepare you for an exciting and fulfilling career in academia. This is a fully residential programme. 

The FPM requires 4 years of full-time study, closely working with faculty guides and also pursuing independent research interests. During the first two years of the programme, students are required to complete extensive course work across the basic disciplines of management. Their performance will determine their admission to FPM candidacy.

Typical Stages of Progression

From completing your core courses and taking the examinations in the first year to finally defending your dissertation in four years, you will be mentored in all stages of the programme.

Year 1

Complete core courses and area specific advanced courses

Year 2

  1. Complete area specific advanced courses.
  2. Instructed research Practicum (IRP): Assist on a Research Project under the supervision of a faculty member.
  3. Work on a Research Paper.
  4. Write FPM Comprehensive exam by the end of year 2, as per area requirement.

FPM Candidacy

Based on the performance in course work, IRP, research Paper, Comprehensive exam and potential to conduct scholarly research work, the FPM Committee determines the eligibility for FPM candidacy.

Year 3

  1. Identify Dissertation Chairperson and Dissertation Committee members.
  2. Identify a dissertation topic, complete preliminary research work on the topic, and work on a dissertation proposal.
  3. Submit the Dissertation proposal to the Dissertation Committee by the end of the third year for approval

Advanced FPM Cadidacy

On approval of the dissertation proposal, candidate moves to advanced FPM candidacy.

Year 4

  1. Continue work on dissertation.
  2. Based on the dissertation defense, completion of subsequent revisions, and the FPM committee’s recommendation, the candidate is conferred “Fellow in Management”.

Research & Academic Training

Research is an integral part of the Fellow Programme in Management (FPM). The programme grooms you to become a research entrepreneur who can offer creative ideas and set a precedence in the area of management research.


The Indian School of Business (ISB) ensures that faculty and students are equipped with the necessary research and technological resources to break into the frontiers of new knowledge.

As you progress in the FPM, you will be fervently engaged in research activities across ISB’s 7 areas of specialisation and various centres of excellence in an environment that is stimulating, supportive, and collaborative.

By the time you reach the dissertation stage, you would have acquired a thorough understanding of your area of interest, the ability to identify opportunities for new frameworks and insights, and the technical ability to turn those opportunities into published research.

Collaboration between faculty and students is an important hallmark of the FPM. The faculty value FPM students as potential collaborators, hence actively engage them in their research. Through intimate research and theoretical discussions with faculty and peers, students are provided with numerous opportunities to refine their ideas and develop methods and models to solve challenging problems. To allow you to delve deeply into your subject of interest and prepare you for productive careers in research and teaching, ISB has extensive research resources such as database, research softwares, online journals etc., at your disposal.

ISB’s extensive industry connections open doors of opportunities for students to apply theories to real-world business situations. By rooting your academic research in ideas that have real time applications, you have an opportunity to expand your thinking, network, and make an impact as a researcher.

Learning Goals

The Fellow Programme in Management (FPM) has three key learning objectives, which are embedded in the curriculum and pedagogy. These objectives help in providing a holistic learning experience to the students. Following are the learning goals of the Fellow Programme in Management:

Knowledge of Relevant Literature
Familiarity with the literature in the area of specialization, and a comprehensive understanding of the directions and priorities relevant to the area chosen for research.

Research Expertise
Ability to independently conduct research publishable in the top tier academic journals.

Teaching Ability
Understanding of the challenges of teaching and managing a classroom, and acquiring the foundation to become an effective teacher.

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Fellow Programme in Management

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