Q1. What is Fellow Programme in Management (FPM)?
FPM is a full time doctoral programme at IIM Tiruchirappalli (IIMT). The programme is committed to train individuals who will excel in their area of research through publications and high quality work of international standards. This is a doctoral programme and should not be confused with master level programmes such as MBA.
Q2. Can I complete the course on a part-time basis?
No. This is a full time programme.
Q3.Who should do FPM?
Students/professionals who want to pursue a career in advanced research or academics (including teaching) are the ideal candidates for FPM. The applicant should have high scholastic ability, aptitude for research/teaching and excellent analytical skills. He / She should have enough motivation to withstand the rigour of the programme.
Q4. I am working in a technical position in my company. I want to switch to a managerial position. However, I have not done any management course. My first preference is a corporate job. Should I apply for FPM?
You do not want to spend four to eight years doing doctoral work while you can accomplish your career goals by doing one to two years MBA programme.
Q5. What is expected from FPM students?
FPM students are expected to demonstrate passion for learning and to actively explore avenues of scholarly contribution. As possible future faculty at top business schools, you will be responsible for the development and implementation of the course curricula. As an industry consultant, you will apply your knowledge to solve real life problems. You are expected to learn and equip yourself with the requisite knowledge during your FPM days.
Q6. Do I need to be an MBA for doing FPM?
Not necessary. The first year course work provides an understanding of relevant fields of management. Different areas prefer students from diverse backgrounds to match the area requirement.
Q7. What is the level of rigour of the course?
The course is quite rigorous. It needs very high quality of academic commitment and integrity. It has stringent requirements at every stage of the programme. Candidates who fail to match the requirements may be asked to withdraw from the programme.
Q8. Where do FPM students get placed?
FPM is oriented towards training students for careers in research and teaching. Such training is most highly valued by academic and research institutes. But leading Indian companies, MNCs, investment banks and consulting firms also value their training for certain positions requiring specialized research skills.
Q9. When are FPM students allowed to seek placement?
Students are allowed to seek employment after making their proposal presentations successfully and likely to defend their final theses in next six months. Students seeking employment prior to their final thesis defence are required to take a no objection certificate from their Dissertation Advisory Committee (DAC) Chairman.
Q10. Do FPMs have a separate placement process?
Institutes and firms looking for researchers generally contact FPM students and FPM office. FPM students also get placed through the PGP placement process. There are no specific placement services for FPMs separately.
Q11. What is the selection process?
Shortlisted candidates will be called to Tiruchirappalli for an interview with their respective area panels. Candidates further shortlisted in the area interview will be interviewed by an FPM panel (consisting of representatives from all areas). The FPM panel will make the final admission offers. Selection will be based on the applicant’s performance in CAT/GMAT/GATE/ GRE/UGC-JRF as applicable, past academic performance, work experience, aptitude for research and performance in the interviews.
Q12. Do I have to take CAT for getting admission into FPM?
The candidates have to submit a valid test score from either CAT or GMAT or GATE or GRE or UGC-JRF. Validity of score is two years from the date of the test and valid as on date of submission of the FPM application.
Q13. What is the purpose of area specific selection tests and the interview?
We attach high importance to applicant's motivation and research capability. Therefore it is natural that we probe the applicant's motivation for a research career, either in academia or in industry. We also need to know if the candidate fits well to the objective of FPM. The purpose of the interview and test is also to gauge the academic preparation of the candidate for the specific area he/she has applied. The interview also gives the candidate an opportunity to find out if the programme meets the requirements of the student.
Q14. How many students get selected per year?
The selection is area specific and entirely depends on the candidate's performance. There is no lower or upper limit as such. Generally we offer admission to 2-3 students per area.
Q15. Do I apply for a specific area or can I choose my area after getting admission?
Students here are admitted by specific areas. You can apply to two areas separately. However, once a student has been admitted to an area, it is highly unlikely that he/she will be allowed to change the area.
Q16.Does IIMT allow foreign nationals to apply for FPM?
Yes, the eligibility criteria are same. However, foreign nationals do not get financial assistance and they have to pay tuition fees.
Q17. How much time does it takes to complete FPM?
Students usually take 4 to 5 years to finish the programme. The maximum allowed time to complete the programme is 7 years.
Q18. What's the degree/title that I get at the completion of the course?
Students are awarded the title 'Fellow of IIM Tiruchirappalli'.
Q19. How do I sustain with my family for these four/five years?
IIMT provides one of the best financial packages for doctoral students. For further details, please refer to the "Financial Support" section of the website.
Q20. Do FPM students get any other financial support to meet academic expenses?
For details please refer "Financial Support" section of IIMT website
Q21. I think I might need more money to sustain myself. Are there some avenues available other than stipend?
Proactive students can do projects with faculty who are consulting with outside organizations. Students may also get assignments on their own. FPMs who have successfully completed their comprehensive exams can augment their income by assisting faculty in a teaching/grading assistant position.