PhD at IIM Ahmedabad

PhD at IIM Ahmedabad | Programme Overview

Ph.D. at IIM Ahmedabad | IIM A is creating thought leaders and scholars through its Ph.D. program. 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.

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

Program 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 prepare 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 outstanding academic credentials, intellectual curiosity, and discipline.

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

  • Agriculture
  • Economics
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Human Resource Management
  • Organizational Behaviour
  • Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Production and Quantitative Methods
  • Public Systems Group
  • Strategy

Phase I

(First Year Course Work)
• First Year Ph.D. Compulsory Courses
• First Year Area Ph.D.Courses
• Courses from other Areas and other Post Graduate
Programmes (PGP,PGP-FABM,PGPX) and Ph.D.
Elective Courses

Phase II

(Second Year Course Work)
• Second Year Ph.D. Compulsory Courses
• Second Year Area Ph.D. Courses
• Courses from other Areas and other Post Graduate
Programmes (PGP,PGP- FABM,PGPX)
• Preparation and Completion of Area
Comprehensive Examination

Phase III

Doctoral Dissertation
• Formation of Thesis Advisory Committee
• Approval of Thesis Proposal
• Research and Writing of Dissertation
• Thesis Seminar
• Thesis Defence

Admission to PhD at IIM Ahmedabad :

  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

Financial Support for Ph.D. at IIM Ahmedabad

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/ Stage Stipend Amount (in Rupees) per month
Course work: 1st Year 32800
Course work: 2nd  Year 32800
After clearing the comprehensive exam 35400
Thesis Proposal Approval by the Thesis Advisory Committee 39300

A contingency allowance of Rs. 25,000 is provided to enable students to purchase their own personal computers. 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 fieldwork 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. A maximum of 175000/- for attending international conferences/workshops/ summer school during entire tenure with Ph.D. Program.

How to Apply

Application Form and Brochure will be available online. Candidates can fill up the application form online and is eligible to apply for a maximum of two areas of high levels of specialization. An application fee of Rs.500/- can be paid through the IIMA gateway. The last date for submitting the application will be January 21, 2021.

Also please refer to the IIMA’s advertisement for Ph. D. Programme that will appear in leading newspapers during September 2020.

Important Dates to Note:

Link open for Online Application: September 23, 2020
Last date for submitting Online Application: January 21, 2021

Visit the website for more information

Harish’s Social Work NET-JRF and Ph.D. Interview at IIM Ahemdabad | OB Area 2020


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