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Full-Time Fellow Programme in Management (FPM)

Applied for PhD equivalence to Association of Indian Universities

1.0 Admission Criteria

FORE School of Management, New Delhi offers a full-time Fellow Programme in Management (FPM) approved by AICTE. The objective of this programme is to enhance the body of knowledge in the research domain and its dissemination. It is aimed at admitting scholars with exceptional academic background, strong motivation, discipline and having a strong inclination towards good quality research.  

FPM at FORE offers specializations in the following Areas:

  • Economics and Business Policy
  • Finance
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing
  • Human Resource
  • Operations
  • International Business
  • Communication
  • Strategy


The candidates for the programme must have one of the following qualifications obtained from any of the universities incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India, or other educational institutions established by an act of parliament or declared to be deemed as a university under section 3 of UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India, or an equivalent qualification from an institution approved by AICTE. The degrees of candidates from foreign universities must be recognized by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU). Similarly, the PGDM from indian Institutions must be recognized as equivalent to MBA by AIU and approved by AICTE.

Master’s Degree or equivalent in Engineering and Technology/ Management/ Economics/ Social Science/ Biological Science/ Pure Science/ Commerce/ Humanities with FIRST CLASS shall be considered for admission to Fellow Programme.

Those appearing for their final examination in the respective discipline can also apply. Such students if selected shall be provisionally admitted provided they complete all requirements in obtaining their Master’s Degree before September 30, 2023. The admission of these candidates shall remain provisional until they produce the mark sheet proving that they satisfy the eligibility criteria. The deadline for submitting the final year mark sheet is December 31, 2023.

1.2 Age Limit

There is no age restriction.

2.0 Admission Process

2.1 Selection Process

To be shortlisted for the selection interview, applicants must have a valid score of one of the following competitive examinations: Common Admission Test (CAT) conducted by IIMs/GATE/GRE/GMAT/UGC-NET or JRF/CSIR or the FORE Entrance test (FET). FET will be conducted by FORE on Wednesday, June 07, 2023.

CAT/GATE/GRE/GMAT/UGC-NET or JRF /CSIR scores of up to last two years (i.e., test taken on or after December 01, 2020) only will be considered valid.

After the written test is over, the Academic Qualification documents and Experience Documents will be verified

Subsequently, all the candidates have to give a presentation (around 10-15 minutes) on their Tentative Research Proposal on the area of research interest on Tuesday, June 13, 2023.

The candidates short-listed on the basis of their academic record, performance in the competitive examinations mentioned above (CAT/GATE/GRE/GMAT/UGC-NET or JRF/CSIR percentile/FORE entrance test) and in the Research proposal presentation will be called for a personal interview for final selection on Wednesday, June 14, 2023. The selected candidates for this programme will be intimated by Friday, June 16, 2023.

Any change in the above mentioned dates will be intimated to the candidates separately.

The decision of the Selection Committee regarding admission shall be final. Communication shall be sent only to the selected candidates. The Institution shall not entertain any queries or correspondence in respect of those not selected.

3.0 Credit Requirements

In partial fulfillment of the requirement of the Fellow Programme, a minimum number of Course credits are required to be earned as prescribed below:

3.1 Credit Requirement

Module Code No. Course Title Credits
Module-1 FP01 Management Courses (10 Courses) 30
FP02 Research-oriented Courses (5 Courses) 15
Total Credit 45
Module-2 FP03 Three Specific Courses of 3 credits each (Research Area Related) 9
FP04 Seminars on General Management topic 3
  Total Credit 12
Module-3 FP05 Seminars on Specific to Research 3
FP06 Academic writing course 1.5
FP07 Submission of a review paper based on the literature (on the Thesis related topic) 4.5
  Total Credit 9

Applicants who have completed PGDM/MBA from IIMs or FORE School of Management, New Delhi or from an institute accredited by AMBA or AACSB or EQUIS or SAQS will be, exempted from 30 credits of management courses of the Module-1 (FP01)


Applicants who have at least twenty years of corporate experience are exempted from 21 credits of Module-1.


Exemption of 30 credits of Module-1 (FP01) to the top 50 NIRF ranked Management Institutions.

Please note that candidates eligible for the above exemptions hold the option to undergo any number of the exempted courses.

3.2 Details of Courses and Seminar

The stream specific Courses and Seminars shall be decided as approved by the FPM Committee on the recommendation by the candidate’s Guide(s) and the Research Advisory Committee.

3.3 Duration for earning Credits(Course Work)

All credits specified above shall be earned within a maximum of two years from the date of admission to the Programme. Extension after two years shall be approved by the competent authority for a period of one year with a review of progress to be submitted every six months. Final approval shall be given by the competent authority of the Institution.

4.0 Duration of the Programme

4.1 Time Limit

A Candidate shall submit his/her Thesis only after a minimum period of two years after registration. However, the maximum period allowed for the submission of the Thesis is five years from the date of admission to the Programme.

4.2 Break or Unauthorized absence from the Programme

Any break, without approval from competent authority or unauthorized absence from the Programme shall lead to the cancellation of admission.

5.0 Financial Assistance for Fellow Programme Scholar

Full time students, less than or equal to 45 years of age, admitted into Fellow Programme in Management are eligible to be considered for an Institute fellowship of Rs. 46,355/- (Including 27% House Rent Allowance) per month for the first two years and Rs. 52,705/- (Including 27% House Rent Allowance) per month during the third and the fourth year of the program, respectively. The maximum duration of the program for availing fellowship is four years. All selected students, holding an Indian nationality, are eligible for the award of the fellowship. The FPM scholars who are getting a JRF/SRF fellowship or are drawing a salary are not eligible for the fellowship.

All Scholars are also eligible to get a grant for buying book/hardware/software/ to support their fieldwork, etc. This contingency grant is of Rs. 15,000/- per year and is available in the third and fourth year of the program. Any unspent amount (contingency) from the third year can be utilised during the fourth year. The grant is reimbursed on production of valid and original receipts. Also, all payments (contingency grant) requests are to be recommended by the concerned supervisor and approved by Dean (Academic Services). In case of JRF/SRF scholars, if the scholarship that they are getting does not provide for a contingency grant, then they may avail the same subject to authentic proof.

After successful completion of one year, a FPM scholar is also eligible for a conference support of Rs. 1.5 lakh during the entire programme for presenting her/his research paper(s). Within this budget, the scholar can participate through paper presentation in one International Conference and/or two National Conferences and/or one Workshop.

Every full time FPM Scholar is expected to work on institutional activities as required.

The grant of financial assistance will be subject to satisfactory progress in the programme.


6.0 Fee and Other Expenses for FPM

Fee and Scholarship FPM Scholar Age
<= 45 Years > 45 Years
One Time Charges Rs. 54,000/- Rs. 54,000/-
Registration Charges - Rs. 5,000/-
Reading Material Fee - Rs. 20,000/-
Students Activities - Rs. 5,000/-
Library Fee - Rs. 20,000/-
Alumni Fee - Rs. 4,000/-
Security Deposit (Refundable) Rs. 10,000/- Rs. 10,000/-
Tuition Fees (Per Annum)
First Instalment of tuition fee by August 31 of that year and remaining instalments by June 30 of respective academic year.
Rs. 1,55,000/- Rs. 1,55,000/-
Financial Assistance to Fellow Scholar (Per Annum)
Rs. 5,94,360/- 0
Scholarship @ Rs. 46,355/- (Including 27% House Rent Allowance) per month for first 2 years and @ Rs. 52,705/- (Including 27% House Rent Allowance) per month for last 2 years
Contingency grant @ Rs. 15, 000/- per year for 3rd and 4th year and one conference support up to Rs. 1,50,000/- (Maximum Rs. 1,80,000 during the programme)

The fellowship amount will be released after adjusting fee or any other amount due from the FPM scholar. The Institute reserves the right to charge any other fees from the FPM Scholar or increase the above fees if considered necessary. Due notice would be given while making such changes.

7.0 How to Apply

7.1 FPM Application Form

Applicants can fill the online form and make an online payment of Rs. 2500/- (including applicable taxes) at the admission portal Complete application form together with all relevant documents to be uploaded online on or before Monday, June 05, 2023.

7.2 Supporting Documents

The following supporting documents to be submitted along with the online application form:

  • Scanned copy of score of the competitive examination to be considered for admission as applicable.
  • Scanned copies of mark sheets or transcripts of grades obtained in their qualifying examination.
  • Scanned copies of all academic certificates and degrees.
  • Percentage conversion certificate from College/University (In case of CGPA/CPA).
  • Two references from academics who have taught the candidate or with whom the candidate has worked closely. Please provide their Name, Current Designation, Organisation Address, Phone no. and email id.
  • Scanned Copies of Work Experience Certificate (if any).

8.0 Important Dates

Last Date of receiving Application Form
June 05, 2023 (Monday)
FORE Entrance Test (FET) June 07, 2023 (Wednesday)
Tentative Research Proposal Presentation June 13, 2023 (Tuesday)
Personal Interview June 14, 2023 (Wednesday)
Result declaration June 16, 2023 (Friday)
Last Date of Acceptance of Admission Offer with Admission Fee June 21, 2023 (Wednesday)
Registration & Inauguration of the Programme June/July 2023

For any queries, please call us on 011 - 41242433 (Between Monday to Friday, Between 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM) or send an email to mentioning your name and contact details.

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