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Fellowship Programme in Management

MDI takes pride in its Fellowship programmes, the Fellowship Programme in Management encourage rigorous interdisciplinary research in contemporary areas of management.

Research Culture and Environment

MDI has a vibrant research environment and the Fellowship programme is at the core of this research focus. Since its inception in 1999, MDI’s Fellowship programme has been growing steadily, both in numbers, as well as its contribution to the reservoir of knowledge. Seminars, presentations, discussion forums and informal knowledge-sharing sessions throughout the year keep research scholars intellectually stimulated with peers and faculty. MDI’s Fellowship programme encourages research in current and contemporary areas of interest in management. The primary purpose of our Fellowship programme is to develop scholars who will stretch the boundaries of management thought and will also impact contemporary management practices in real time.

The Scholars have access to a state-of-the-art library, which has a large and diverse collection of books and journals. In addition, MDI subscribes to prominent online journals databases such as ABI/INFORM (Proquest), Business Source Complete (EBSCO), Elsevier’s Energy Collection, Elsevier’s Business & Management Journals Collection, IGI Online Journals Collection, INFORMS Online, JSTOR, Emerald Insight, Proquest’s Dissertations & Theses database, Psych ARTICLES (APA), and SAGE Humanities & Social Science Collection.

The library is equipped with sectoral databases such as Crisil Research, Datamonitor 360 , ETIG Database, Financial Times Database, IndiaStat, ISI Emerging Markets, Euromonitor, Factiva, and Westlaw India.

Library also provides access to corporate databases such as ACE Analyser, Bloomberg Terminal, Capitaline Plus, Economic Outlook (CMIE), Industry Outlook (CMIE), Prowess (CMIE), Private Equity Deal Database, M&A Deal Database, and Real Estate Deal Database.

The library is Wi-Fi enabled, with exclusive working space for the research scholars.

Fellowship Programme in Management:

The Fellowship Programme in Management was started with the objective of developing outstanding scholars for careers in teaching and research. To accomplish this, the programme provides scholars with relevant knowledge and research skills that help them become specialized researchers, with adequate depth of knowledge in various domains of management.

Programme Overview:

The FPM programme is largely residential in nature and takes approximately three to four years to complete. During this period, the scholar undergoes course work and submits a thesis at the end of the programme. The thesis should make a significant theoretical and practical contribution to the discipline of management or to one of its source disciplines.

The FPM programme consists of two phases. The first phase of the programme involves course work, followed by a Comprehensive Research Evaluation. The second phase requires scholars to work on their thesis, which involves the preparation of a thesis proposal, writing of the thesis, and finally an examination based on the thesis.

Course Work

1. Courses from the Post-Graduate Programme in Management

This component of the course work aims at providing inputs in various areas of management, which the student might have missed (or might not have covered to a sufficient level of detail) in his/her Master’s level qualification. The student is required to take First Year courses of the Post-Graduate Program in Management (PGPM). These courses are approximately of three months duration. Completion requirement is similar to that of the Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM). Only after completion of PGPM level course work, can the student start with FPM level course work.

Scholars who already hold an MBA degree are exempted from this course work requirement.

2. Fellow-level courses

The course work constitutes three levels:

  1. Core Courses
  2. Area Core
  3. Electives

(a) Core Courses:

These courses are aimed at providing basic knowledge and skills that FPM scholars require for their role as researchers. For this role, the scholar must be familiar with conducting research in emerging issues of management, using the latest methodologies and research tools. To accomplish this, the scholar is required to take the following core courses:

  1. Research Methods I (Quantitative)
  2. Research Methods II (Qualitative)
  3. Case Writing
  4. Philosophy of Research
  5. Course of Independent Study

(b) Area Core Courses:

These courses are designed to provide the scholars in-depth subject knowledge in the broad area of his/her specialization. These constitute 2 core courses in the domain of specialization.

(c) Electives:

Fellowship Programme level electives are designed to give scholars a meaningful exposure to contemporary issues. FPM scholars are required to take such electives from their own domain of specialization as well as from other areas subject to their relevance for the proposed thesis work.

Comprehensive Research Evaluation

The purpose of Comprehensive Research Evaluation (CRE) is to ensure a student’s multi-disciplinary appreciation of management issues and his/her readiness to undertake original research in his/her chosen knowledge domain. The evaluation is conducted by a Comprehensive Research Evaluation (CRE) committee constituted specifically for each student and chaired by a faculty member from the Area of his/her specialization. The Committee determines whether a student has developed an in-depth understanding of the inter-disciplinary nature of various knowledge domains, and is able to develop appropriate models / solutions based on the work of other scholars in these knowledge domains. Thus, the extent to which the Comprehensive Research Evaluation (CRE) is rigorous and challenging will in turn determine the extent to which the scholar is able to develop research competencies deemed fit for the thesis work.

The FPM Office will set up a Committee at the beginning of the Term- III, consisting of three faculty members; one of them will act as the Chairperson of the Committee and should be from the Area of the student’s specialization. It would be desirable for the Committee to meet together as a group, discuss the candidate’s progress, and decide a topic, which would test the knowledge and integrative capability of the student and his ability to connect issues and problems in the field of management.

Thesis Work

1. Thesis Proposal: The scholar’s research work would start with the identification of a thesis topic (usually based on guidance/advice of faculty members), and getting a Thesis Committee constituted for supervision of the research to be done. The Thesis Committee is a three member - committee consisting of a Chair, one member from the allied / same area within MDI and one external member from a reputed overseas university. The student is required to work with this committee to develop a research design, leading to the development of a thesis proposal. He/she will then be required to deliver an open seminar on the thesis proposal to the MDI academic community. In case modifications to the proposal are suggested, the scholar has to carry out the modifications and a revised proposal has to be presented within a given time frame. Once the proposal is approved, the scholar may proceed with the research work towards his/her thesis.

2. Presentations: The scholar is further required to make presentations on his/her progress - every six months - where the faculty community and Fellowship scholars give feedback and suggestions for improvement. The feedback has to be incorporated within the given time frame. The scholar has to submit the progress report with necessary documents and proof of evidence of progress achieved to the thesis committee members, with a copy to the FPM office.

3. Thesis Writing: Work on the thesis represents the final phase of the Fellowship Programme. The thesis work of the scholar, in consultation with the Thesis Advisory Committee, is expected to provide some original contribution to knowledge on the subject using a robust research design and methodology and should provide evidence of new knowledge.

4. Thesis examination: Once the Thesis Committee has approved the thesis, the Dean / Chair (FPM/EFPM) would appoint a Thesis Examination Committee consisting of the TAC Chair and two external examiners, of which one can be from a reputed institution abroad. This Committee would examine the thesis and then subject the candidate to an exhaustive and rigorous viva voce examination based on the thesis. Based on the comments of the examiners and the oral examination, the thesis may be either accepted as it is or accepted after modifications, or rejected.

5. Publication Requirement: The Research undertaken by an FPM scholar is expected to provide sufficient basis for writing papers in refereed academic journals. One of the objectives of the Fellowship Programme is to prepare scholars for academic work and research. Hence the final requirement for qualifying for the title of Fellowship is to have at least two papers in reputed peer reviewed International journals, in well known classification lists like Clavariate Analytics, or journals with a Scopus Cite Score. In addition, scholars should publish a Case in Richard Ivey Case publishing / Harvard Business School Publishing, ACRC etc. The scholar should either be a single author or the first author for this purpose. The scholar has to be aware of the anti plagiarism clause, and may submit the teaching case with teaching notes to one of the above mentioned case collections at one point of time.

6. Requirement for Teaching Assistantship: Since the purpose of the FPM Programme is to rigorously prepare scholars for outstanding careers in teaching/ research, there is a need to build collaborative research / teaching skills. Therefore, each scholar is required to work with a faculty member as a ‘teaching assistant’ supporting the faculty in teaching which may include teaching, lecturing / case material preparation, course design, curriculum design, grading, etc. FPM scholars are expected to provide 30 hours of teaching assistantship.

Programme Learning Goals (LGs)




Award of the Title of Fellow

A scholar must complete the following requirements to qualify for the award of the title of Fellow:

  1. successfully complete the FPM course-work
  2. successfully complete the comprehensive research evaluation
  3. successfully complete the thesis work
  4. complete the publication requirement
  5. complete the teaching assistantship requirement

In addition, the scholar must obtain clearance from various functionaries of the institute as per guidelines. On qualifying for the award of the title, scholars receive the title of “Fellowship in Management” at the Institute’s Annual Convocation.

Duration of the Programme

The programme should be completed within three years from the date of registration (four years for students registered to do PGPM coursework).

Financial Support

MDI provides one of the best financial stipends for FPM scholars. Apart from the stipend, the institute may provide accommodation on a chargeable basis (limited accommodation is reserved for the FPM scholars). There is also a contingency grant given to the scholars for stationery and other material.

Support for Attending Conferences

Scholars are encouraged to take part in conferences organized by institutions/associations of repute. The institute supports the scholar(s) to attend up to two conferences held within India. Substantial support is offered for participation in one International conference outside India during the first three years of the FPM program, subject to the scholar clearing his/her thesis research proposal stage.

Executive Fellowship Programme in Management (EFPM)

The Executive Fellowship Programme in Management is a non-residential Fellowship programme designed to cater to the scholarly needs of working business executives. It prepare executives for careers in management teaching and research, as well as in management practice, consulting and development. Therefore executives aspiring for the EFPM programme should be willing to devote time and energy that the programme requires. Classes will normally be held during weekends or in the evening. The course work in first year will be completed in three terms, which are equivalent to approximately nine months.

Programme over view

The Executive Fellowship Programme in Management is designed to:

  • Enhance the research and consulting skills of the executive
  • Increase the executive’s understanding of research methodology and techniques
  • Build on the executive’s past experience and academic achivements
  • Help the executive maximize his/her effectiveness as an educator or practitioner

As a consequence, the executive is expected to develop/learn the following as part of the Programme:

  • an appreciation of the potential contribution of research in management practice
  • the ability to plan and carry out a research project in the field of managemen, and to ultimately implement the research findings
  • the ability to make an original contribution to know –how in the practice of management
  • the ability to improve personal performance through the analysis of past practice

The programme is thus expected to help executives in their current senior management roles, as well as in preparing them for possible careers in academics or consulting.

EFPM Scholars have minimum 10 years of work experience in senior management positions and continue to be practicing managers. EFPM scholars may primarily be concerned with “application driven theory” where the “relevance is attained by starting with a concrete problem in the context of an actual application with approaches that are then generalized and made publicly available(e.g. publication) with sufficient rigor and precision to admit validation by third parties”. EFPM scholars may therefore like to “identify a pressing problem or question, or a burning issue that afflicts managets in the field, to which no good solution exists”

In terms of programme design, the EFPM programme is similar to the FPM programme.

Duration of the programme

  1. EFPM schlolars have to complete the course work in Nine months (three terms).
  2. The programme has to be completed within 4-5 years after the registration, which may be extended up to 7 years maximum (seven years) depending on the merit of the case and favourable review of work progress by the FPM/EFPM Committee.