IIM Kashipur's Fellow Programme in Management (FPM) is a full time residential doctoral programme designed to address the academic and research needs of professionals. The main objective of the programme is to provide scholars with necessary skills to identify and research complex issues in the field of management. FPM seeks candidates with outstanding academic backgrounds, intellectual curiosity and discipline needed to make scholarly contribution. The programme is committed to train individuals to excel in their area of research through publication of quality work of international standard.

The objectives of the programme are:

  • To encourage scholars to carry out research in the field of management, leading to publication in internationally reputed research journals and finding solutions of real world management problems.
  • To equip scholars with necessary understanding and skills to identify and research on complex issues in the field of management.
  • To develop expertise among prospective scholars for careers in management research and teaching and thereby to address the shortage of high quality management faculty in the country.

Result of PhD Admissions 2020

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The programme consists of three stages:

  1. Coursework
  2. Comprehensive Exam and Viva Voce
  3. Thesis Work

Upon joining the programme, scholars will go through coursework in 6 terms spread across 2 academic years (Table 1). During this period an FPM candidate will complete 29 credit (2 credits of CIS to be incorporated) courses and one CIS/summer internship. One credit course involves 30 hours of class interaction.

Table 1: FPM – First Year and Second Year Course Work

Stages of Programme Term 1
(30 hrs)
Term 2
(30 hrs)
Term 3
(30 hrs)
Term 4
(30 hrs)
Term 5
(30 hrs)
Term 6
(30 hrs)
Total Credits
1st Year of Coursework 5 courses 5 courses 5 courses       15 courses
2nd Year of Coursework       4 courses 4 courses 4 courses 12 courses
Comprehensive Exam and Viva Voce              

* The FPM 1st year terms will be fully aligned with the timeline of PGP 1st year terms.

* There will be CIS/ Summer Internship in between 1st year and 2nd year of coursework.

* The program structure is subject to change.

Coursework of First Year

There is optimum mix of standardization and customization in the course work in the first year. It consists of a combination of general management overview (through PGP courses), FPM courses especially in base disciplines and FPM level research courses.

Courses in three terms in first year will consist of:

  1. Minimum 4 PGP first year core courses consisting of at least one area course if it is offered in the corresponding term (these courses are decided by area chairs in the area of specialization/interest in consultation with area members) in each of term I, II and III (FPM scholars will take these courses with PGP first year students)
  2. 1-2 FPM level compulsory research courses "Crafting Research Output" (term I) "Quantitative Research Methods" (Term II), and "Qualitative Research Methods" (Term III) for all scholars.

CIS / Summer Project

During the summer break at the end of the first year, a scholar will undertake a course of Independent Study or Summer Project on relevant theme under the supervision of a faculty member of the area of scholar’s research interest. CIS/Summer Project will be treated equivalent to 2 credit courses.

The candidates who have completed their PGDM from one of the IIMs with CGPA of 7 on a 10 point scale/3.0 on a 4.0 point scale or equivalent (passed in the preceding ten years period at the time of the application), are exempted from first year course. They will be given admission directly to the second year.

Coursework of Second Year

The second year of the programme is intended for acquiring in depth knowledge of the area of specialization and other related fields mainly through doctoral level courses. The scholars will have to complete 12 courses with 4 courses in each term. At least 6 of these courses will be from area of specialization/interest (primary area). Another 3 courses can be taken by scholars from cross disciplinary areas.

Qualifying CGPA

The qualifying CGPA at the end of first year (i.e. at the end of term III), at the end of CIS/Summer project and at the end of second year (i.e. at the end of term VI) should be at least 7.0 on a 10 point scale (A+: 10; A: 9; B+:8; B: 7 and so on). Scholars failing to meet the cut-off CGPA at the end of any of these mentioned three stages are required to withdraw from the programme. In addition, FPM scholars also need to maintain minimum GPA of 7.0 in the area level courses on an overall basis and maintain minimum GPA of 7.0 in the research methodology courses on an overall basis at the end of abovementioned three stages to continue in the programme. Scholars failing to qualify accordingly will not be allowed to sit in the comprehensive examination.

After successful completion of coursework of first two years, scholars take a CE (Comprehensive Examination) to be administered by the respective areas of specialization in third year.

Thesis Stage

After passing the comprehensive examination the scholar will start working on his/her FPM dissertation under the guidance of a Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC). The dissertation will be evaluated by a panel of experts from within and outside the Institute. The scholar also has to defend his/her thesis in a public defense in presence of panel of examiners.

Publication Requirements

The FPM scholar is required to publish/obtain written acceptance of at least two research papers in reputed peer reviewed journals (as validated by thesis advisory committee members) before he/she can be awarded the title 'Fellow of Indian Institute of Management Kashipur.

Programme Duration

Candidates are expected to submit their thesis in around four and a half years’ period from the date of initial registration. The maximum time allowed for completion of successful FPM thesis defense is six years from the date of initial registration.

Award of Title

Scholars, after completion of all the requirements of the programme, will be awarded the title " Doctor of Philosophy".

Institutional Support

The institute will provide substantial infrastructural and financial support to FPM scholars.

The institute has a state-of-art learning resource center. The center has a collection of more than 7000 printed books and has subscribed a volume of online books and all the important online journals in the field of Management and other related disciplines from publishers and aggregators such as ABI / Inform Complete, EBSCO Business Source Complete, EBSCO Econlit, Elsevier (Science Direct), Emerald Management, Informs, JSTOR, Springer Link, Oxford University Press, Sage HSS Collection, Taylor and Francis, Wiley online journals etc.

The center has also subscribed corporate and economic data bases such as CMIE - EIS, IAS, Prowess, CRISINFAC, Euromonitor (Passport), Frost & Sullivan, Gartner,, INSIGHT, MIMI (MICA), SCC Online etc. The Institute has 11 Bloomberg terminal.

No fee is charged for the FPM. Currently each scholar is given the financial support as follows:


Year 1: Rs 30,000 p.m.
Year 2: Rs 30,000 p.m.
Year 3: Rs 33,000 p.m.
Year 4: Rs 35,000 p.m.
Contingency grant : Rs 25,000 p.a.
Equipment grant : Rs 50,000 (one time)

Financial support is also provided for international and national conferences (as per FPM Policy). Each candidate is provided free residential accommodation in the hostel. The hostel mess run by the student body; for which the FPM scholars will have to contribute on pro-rata basis. For married participants additional amount of Rs. 5000/m will be reimbursed on production of rent receipt.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates for the programme must have one of the following qualifications obtained from any of the universities incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an act of parliament or declared to be deemed as a university under section 3 of UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India, or an equivalent qualification from an institution approved by AICTE.

A master's degree in any discipline with at least 60% marks or equivalent grade point average.


A professional qualification - CA/ICWA/CS with graduation degree with atleast 60% marks or equivalent


4 years / 8 semester bachelor's degree (B.E./B. Tech./B. Arch. etc.) with at least 6.5 CGPA or equivalent percentage.

Note: In addition to the above academic eligibility, minimum 60 percent marks in Secondary (Class X) and Senior Secondary (Class XII) is required.

IIM Kashipur invites applications from SC/ST candidates for a Special Drive to nurture them for future faculty positions in IIMs. Candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy Layer) and Persons-with-Disabilities will be given a 5% relaxation in the minimum marks requirement.*

* Subject to the approval of the BoG.

Those who are appearing for their final year examination in the current academic year may also apply. However, their admission to the programme, if selected, will be provisional subject to their successful completion of all requirements for completing the relevant degree before 30 June 2020 (a letter needs to be obtained by the PhD scholar from the Head of the concerned Institution to this effect) and compulsorily producing the degree completion certificates by 31st December 2020 (satisfying all the eligibility criteria). The provisional admission of any such scholar (if any) subsequently failing to conform to all the stipulated admission eligibility criteria by 31st December 2020 will be summarily terminated and no further correspondence will be entertained (monthly fellowship and any other applicable grant w.e.f. July 2020 for these candidates will be released only if they clear all eligibility criteria by 31st December 2020).

Work experience in industry or academics (in reputed organizations), though not mandatory, will be given due credit in the selection process. The work experience as full-time executives or as management teachers in an organization/institution of repute is only considered as the valid experience.

Reservation norms for Fellow Programme in Management PhD

As per Government of India requirements, 27% of the seats are reserved for Other Backward Classes candidates belonging to the “Non-Creamy” layer (NC-OBC), 15% for Scheduled Caste (SC), 7.5% for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates and 5% for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PWD).

As defined in The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (RPwD Act 2016), “person with benchmark disability” means a person with not less than forty percent (40%) of a specified disability where specified disability has not been defined in measurable terms and includes a person with disability where specified disability has been defined in measurable terms, as certified by the certifying authority. “Specified disability” means the disabilities as specified in the Schedule of the RPwD Act 2016. The categories of disability are:

  • blindness and low vision,
  • deaf and hard of hearing,
  • locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy,
  • autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness,
  • multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d), and
  • other ‘specified disabilities’ mentioned in ‘The Schedule’ of the RPwD Act 2016.

The candidates belonging to categories for which seats are reserved need to note and read carefully the eligibility requirements before applying. It should be noted that while it is the endeavor of IIM Kashipur that the candidates belonging to NC-OBC/OBC/SC/ST/PWD categories join the programme in proportions mandated by the law, they have to meet the eligibility criteria and a certain minimum level of performance in the selection process to be considered for final admission.

Selection Process

The candidates will be shortlisted (on the recommendation of the respective areas) on the based information provided in the application form. The selection process is as follows:

  1.  The candidates satisfying the academic eligibility criteria as mentioned above should submit their application online. Eligibility also means candidates require a standard test score, from any one of the acceptable tests (test taken in the calendar year 2017 onwards only will be considered) for the area(s) of specialization they are applying to, as shown below. Applicants to take Common Admission Test (CAT) in 2019 or depending on chosen specializations, alternative test scores in lieu of the CAT score as specified below.
    • Communications: CAT / GMAT / GRE/ UGC-JRF in relevant discipline.
    • Economics: CAT / GMAT / GRE/ UGC-JRF in relevant discipline.
    • Finance and Accounting: CAT / GMAT / GRE / UGC-JRF in relevant discipline.
    • Human Resource and Organizational Behaviour: CAT / GMAT / GRE / UGC-JRF in relevant discipline
    • Information Technology and Systems: CAT / GMAT / GRE / GATE/ UGC-JRF in relevant discipline.
    • Marketing: CAT / GMAT / GRE/ UGC-JRF in relevant discipline.
    • Operations Management and Decision Sciences: CAT / GMAT / GRE / GATE/ UGC-JRF in relevant discipline
    • Public Policy and Governance: CAT / GMAT / GRE/ UGC-JRF in relevant discipline
    • Strategy: CAT/ GRE/ GMAT/UGC-JRF in any discipline in relevant discipline
  2. Based on the applications received, candidates satisfying Academic eligibility criteria and acceptable standard test the shortlisting will be done by the respective Areas and candidates will be called for Personal Interview (PI), to be conducted at IIM Kashipur on 7th April 2020. PI determines the academic preparation of the candidate for the specific area he/she has applied. An applicant can apply at most to two different areas of specialization.
  3. IIM Kashipur also expects a consistent and minimum performance in the different parameters of Personal Interview (PI), which will be decided by Admissions Committee. Candidates not meeting the minimum performance in any of PI parameters will not be considered for the next stage of the selection process i.e. Stage-4.
  4. Final selection will be based on the requirements of the academic area to which the candidate has applied and an area-wise offer list will be prepared by the Areas only.

Only the candidates satisfying the requirements mentioned in earlier stages will be considered for the final selection. Category-wise and Academic Area-wise merit list will be generated based on the performance in the Personal Interviews and the provisional admission offers will be made.

All matters pertaining to admission into the PhD programme at IIM Kashipur is governed by the decisions taken by the Doctoral Admissions Committee.


Candidates seeking admission to the programme are required to submit an online application: Link 1 or Link 2 on or before 25th January 2020. The printed copy of filled application form along with necessary documents (copy of educational certificate, work experience, CAT / GMAT / GRE/ UGC-JRF score) should reach the Admission Office, IIM Kashipur, Kundeshwari, Kashipur, Udham Singh Nagar, Uttarakhand -244713 on or before 31st January 2020 through Speed/Registered Post only.

A fee of Rs. 1000/- payable for the application process. The application fee is exempted for SC and ST category applicants. Applicants may transfer the money in Institutes account through NEFT. The required details are as follows:

Beneficiary Name: Indian Institute of Management Kashipur
Beneficiary A/c No: 33809601691
A/c Type: Saving Bank account
IFSC Code: SBIN0017263
Beneficiary Bank: State Bank of India
Bank Address: IIM Kashipur, Bazpur Road, Kashipur

For any technical query/problem during filling of application form, please contact response[at]iimkashipur[dot]ac[dot]in

For any query related to the application process, you may please contact –

Admissions Office

+91- 7900444091 (Ext-312)

Description Date
Last Date for submitting online application form: 25th January 2020
Last Date for submitting filled application form (through speed post/registered post only): 31st January 2020
E-mail Communication to be sent to applicants shortlisted for interview 9th March 2020
Personal interviews at IIM Kashipur Campus 7th April 2020
Announcement of first offer list 17th May 2020 *
Last date for confirmation and payment of fee by the candidate from first offer list 22nd May 2020 *
Offers to waitlisted 1 candidates 24th May 2020 *
Last date for confirmation and payment of the fee by the waitlisted 1 candidates 9th June 2020 *
Offers to waitlisted 2 candidates 11th June 2020 *
Last date for confirmation and payment of the fee by the waitlisted 2 candidates 25th June 2020 *
Online Registration 13th - 15th July 2020 *

* Revised Dates 

Dr. Vinay Sharma
Administrative Officer (Admissions)
Indian Institute of Management Kashipur
Kundeshwari, Kashipur- 244713
District- Udham Singh Nagar
Uttarakhand- India.
M: +91 96755 33302