IIM Ahmedabad | Ph.D. Programme Overview

About IIM Ahmedabad

Established in 1961 by Sh. Vikram Sarabhai with the motto ‘Vidya viniyogadvikasa’ विद्या विनियोगाद्विकास! — ‘development through the distribution or application of knowledge’.

Created and nurtured as an institute of management and not just as a business school, IIMA has produced numerous leader-managers for the business and public sectors who, with their dreams, aspirations, and vision, have shaped their organizational, economic, and social contexts.

Similarly IIM A is creating thought leaders and scholars through its Ph.D. program. The It has evolved gradually from its purpose of ‘knowledge dissemination’ to ‘knowledge creation’. This shift in emphasis has, thus, created an ecosystem of advanced research and publications.

About the Ph.D. Programme

The Red Brick IIM Ahmedabad is every scholar’s dream.  IIM A’s Ph.D. Programme in Management (erstwhile the Fellow Programme in Management, FPM) is one of the earliest doctoral programmes of Management Science in India.

Programme Overview


  1. To equip students with the necessary skills to identify and carry out research on complex issues in the specialized field of management.
  2. to preparing thought leaders, both for the academic and corporate world.
  3. To make professionals who will be placed in world-class organizations in teaching, research, and consulting positions.

A potential Ph.D. scholar must have an outstanding academic credentials, intellectual curiosity and discipline.

Broad Ph.D. Areas to apply (12 areas)

  • Strategy
  • Communications
  • Economics
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Human Resource Management
  • Organizational Behaviour
  • Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Production and Quantitative Methods
  • Public Systems Group
  • Food and Agribusiness
  • Innovation and Management in Education



  1. Write Exams (CAT/ GMAT, GRE/ NET-JRF)
  2. Fill application (application opens for 2-3 months : November- January)
  3. Application review
  4. Interviews happen in the month of March/ April
  5. Declare of results by the end of April
  6. Course work begins in July

That’s the start of a roller coaster ride. Have fun during the process.

Study, Party, and Publish.


Financial Support

The fellowship covers all academic expenses (consisting of tuition, computer, library, placement, and  alumni fees) and living  expenses (comprising medical insurance, boarding and lodging).

Year/ StageStipend Amount (in Rupees) per month
Course work: 1st Year32800
Course work: 2nd  Year32800
After clearing the comprehensive exam35400
Thesis Proposal Approval by the Thesis Advisory Committee39300

An additional allowance of Rs. 50,000 is provided to enable students to purchase their own personal computer. The Institute  provides sufficient funds to meet contingency expenses to cover research work. The Institute may find support for exceptional international students.

Support for Conference/ Research Grant/ International Collaborations

The Institute provides competitive opportunities to present research papers at national and international conferences and spend a term or more for field work at collaborating universities within the country and outside.

Research grants are also provided on a competitive basis for summer projects. Doctoral students receive an annual contingency grant to fund research related expenses.

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