Typical Stages of Progression

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 full time programme. 

The FPM requires 5 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 five years, you will be mentored in all stages of the programme.

Year 1

Complete core courses and area specific elective courses.

Complete the first research paper.

Year 2

Complete area specific elective courses.

Write FPM Comprehensive Exam by the end of year 2, as per area requirement.

Year 3

Complete second research paper.

FPM Candidacy

Based on the satisfactory performance in course work, 
first research paper, second research paper,
comprehensive exam, the student is admitted to FPM candidacy.

Year 4

Identify Dissertation Chairperson and Dissertation
Committee Members.

Identify a dissertation topic, complete preliminary research work on the topic, and work on a dissertation proposal.

Defend the proposal by end of fourth year.

Year 5

Continue work on dissertation.

Based on the dissertation defense, completion of subsequent revisions, the Dissertation Committee’s recommendation, and the Graduate Student Committee’s approval the candidate
is conferred the title “Fellow in Management”.


The Fellow Programme in Accounting trains students to research contemporary issues in the field using the latest empirical research techniques. Students must possess intellectual curiosity, an appreciation of institutional detail, and a strong aptitude for quantitative analysis. It is not essential for you to have prior training in accounting, although exposure to the implications of accounting, (for example, as a user of accounting information), is preferable. Faculty research interests include economics of the auditing profession, corporate governance, earnings management, accounting conservatism, voluntary disclosure, and executive compensation. You will interact closely and learn from distinguished faculty members who have published in top-ranked accounting journals such as The Accounting Review.


  • Professor Gurvinder Sandhu
  • Professor Hariom Manchiraju
  • Professor Ram N.V. Ramanan
  • Professor Sanjay Kallapur

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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