PhD at IIM Lucknow

Ph.D. at IIM Lucknow | Programme Overview

Ph.D. at IIM Lucknow | Established in 1996, the Indian Institute of Management Lucknow (abbreviated IIM Lucknow or IIM-L) is the fourth IIM established by the Government of India. With its foundation in the city of “Tehzeeb”.

IIM Lucknow as well inculcates human values and professional ethics in the students to help them make a positive impact not just on the nation but on a global platform. IIM Lucknow is an ideal setup conducive to learning, accessibility, and excellence.

Ph.D./ FPM Overview

Launched in 2000-01, the Fellow Program in Management (FPM) is a doctoral-level program of the Indian Institute of Management Lucknow. The program offers a unique opportunity to those who wish to hone their research talents and develop teaching skills.

The program is designed to produce high-quality academicians, researchers, and management thinkers by providing an opportunity for interdisciplinary education and research in management.

The high academically charged environment of the institute helps scholars to develop and sharpen their intellect. The unique pedagogy and program structure of the FPM curriculum provides an enriching environment for personal and professional growth.

Specialization/ Areas (9 Areas)

  • Agribusiness Management
  • Business Environment (Economics)
  • Decision Sciences
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Technology and Systems
  • Marketing
  • Operation Management
  • Strategic Management

Eligibility for Ph.D. at IIM Lucknow

The ideal applicants for the Fellow Programme are those who possess a strong academic background, preferably with professional experience, and intellectual curiosity and discipline needed for scholarship in management.

  1. A Masters’ Degree or its equivalent in any discipline with a minimum of 55% aggregate marks OR
  2. A Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering with 60% marks or equivalent grade point average OR
  3. Any professional qualifications such as CA, ICWA, and CS with a minimum of 55% aggregate marks. OR
  4. Applicants already holding a two/three years full-time classroom-based PGDM from any of the IIM with a minimum CGPA of 6 on 10 points scale or 60%; OR
  5. PGP-WE (earlier WMP) of IIM Lucknow with a minimum CGPA of 6.
  6. All applicants must have secured a minimum of 55% marks in all their public exams from 10th onwards.

For specialization in Agri-Business Management following is the eligibility criteria

A master’s degree or its equivalent in Agribusiness Management or any discipline of Agricultural and Allied Sciences with a minimum of 55% aggregate marks.


A Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural / Food / Biotechnology and Allied Engineering with 60% marks or equivalent grade point average Age Limit

Tests/ Scores for Ph.D. at IIM Lucknow

Applicants who fulfill the eligibility criteria stated above are required to take the Common Admission Test (CAT) held by the IIMs.

Alternatively, those who have a valid GATE/GRE/GMAT or JRF/SRF(UGC/CSIR/ICAR) score/certificate can also apply in the relevant area of specialization. Scores of any of these examinations including CAT taken during the last two years (i.e., on or after 01 January 2021) will only be considered valid.

Selection Process for Ph.D. at IIM Lucknow

The applicants short-listed on the basis of their academic record and performance in the competitive examinations mentioned above will be called to Lucknow for a personal interview for the final selection 

How to apply?

Applicants can either apply online (after November 30, 2021) by logging in at and fill the application form; OR

Download the Doctoral Programme Application Form from the same website after November 30, 2021, fill it, and send it by Speed/ courier to: 

The Administrative Officer (Doctoral Programme Office)
Indian Institute of Management Lucknow
Prabandh Nagar, IIM Road,
Lucknow–226 013 (UP), INDIA
Application fees of Rs.1000/- (Rs.500/- for SC/ST candidates) should be paid online
as per the following details:
The bank details of the Central Bank of India (IIM, Lucknow)
Bank Name: Central Bank of India
Beneficiary Name: Indian Institute of Management Lucknow
Account No. : 2156680856
IFSC Code : CBIN0283936
Reservation for SC/ST/OBC/PH/EWS candidates will be as per the Government of
India norms.
The last date for receiving the completed application form is January 31, 2022.

Age Limit:

Applicants must not be more than 55 years of age as of 30th June 2022.

Financial Support for Ph.D. at IIM Lucknow:

  • Fee waiver, Fellowship, and liberal financial grants are provided for domestic and
    international conferences besides a computer grant and family health insurance.
    NRIs and foreign candidates will be required to bear all the expenses including the
    tuition fee.
  • Stipend
Year/ Stage Stipend Amount (in Rupees) per month
Course work (1st and 2nd year ) 35000
After clearing the comprehensive exam (3rd year onwards) 40000
  • additional financial support is available through the following

Year Amount Purpose
1st  and 2nd   Rs. 10000 purchase of books, stationery, computer hardware/ software, etc.
3rd and 4th   Rs. 15000
One time grant Rs. 50000 Purchase of computer
  • Support to attend International Conference/Workshop
  • A total combined travel grant/conference registration grant amount of Rs. 1,40,000/- (i) to attend one international conference after submitting the thesis proposal, (ii) to attend a maximum of one domestic conference each in III and IV years,
  • An additional travel grant of Rs. 10,000/- in III or IV year to attend a domestic Doctoral Consortium or the proposed annual inter-IIM Doctoral Consortium/Doctoral consortia organized by IIMs/IISc/IGIDR.
  • Support for Fieldwork (Reimbursement)
Year Amount Purpose
3rd and 4th   Rs. 50000 (Max) travel/boarding/lodging and local conveyance expenses for case-writing and field-based research
3rd and 4th   Annual membership fees only one national and only one international professional society  

Accommodation and Insurance Support

  • Campus hostel facility is available for the stay of married students with their immediate family (spouse and children).
  • The Institute also provides certain additional facilities for married FPM scholars whose families are residing on campus. This includes reimbursement of family health insurance premiums. The combined health insurance cover of Rs. 100,000 for the candidate, her/his spouse, and two children are being offered from the Institute. The premium payable for Rs. 100,000 covers is reimbursed.

For further details please visit the IIM L website

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