About Program

About the program

Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program at IIM Amritsar aims to provide an opportunity to young research scholars to pursue active research in their respective field of specialization (or an interdisciplinary field) within broad contours of business management. It is a fulltime program with a duration of two years, extendable for another year subject to the satisfactory progress. During the program, the post-doctoral fellows will be undertaking their research work in collaboration with the existing faculty member(s) of IIM Amritsar. They are expected to carry out high-quality research work leading to the publications in reputed international journals. Apart from their research activities, post-doctoral fellows are expected to assist faculty member(s) in their teaching activities.

Admission process

Candidates can apply to the following areas of specialization:

  • Economics & Strategic Management
  • Finance, Accounting & Control
  • Information Systems
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Quantitative Methods & Operations Management
  • Organizational Behavior & Human Resources Management



IIM Amritsar offers post-doctoral fellowships to candidates who have strong academic credentials, demonstrated research potential, and curiosity to pursue original research. The following are the minimum eligibility criteria (1 and 2).

1. Candidates who have obtained a PhD degree (or equivalent) from institutions of high repute like Central Universities, IIMs, IITs, IISERs, IISc Bangalore, NITIE Mumbai or an equivalent level in such other globally recognized Indian or foreign institutions of comparable standards as may be decided by IIM Amritsar, within previous three academic years from the date of application, may apply.

2. The maximum age limit for candidates is 35 years (this limit may be relaxed by 5 years for women and the reserved category).

Selection Process

  • The eligible applications are evaluated on the basis of candidates’ demonstrated research potential and fit with the research interests of IIM Amritsar faculty members.
  • The shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their research work/research interests/research proposal before the selection committee. The research presentation will be followed by a personal interview.
  • Institute will offer the Post-Doctoral Fellowship to the selected candidates.


Structure of the Program

  • The duration of the fellowship will be for two years, extendable for another year subject to satisfactory performance. Institute will not extend the fellowship beyond three years
  • Post-doctoral fellows would undertake their research activities in collaboration with the faculty members of IIM Amritsar.
  • Apart from the research activities, post-doctoral fellows are expected to assist their research area faculty member(s) in their teaching activities. Such academic assistance is expected to help the fellows to gain first-hand experience in teaching.
  • Fellowship Program Committee will meet once in six months to review the research progress of post-doctoral fellows.
  • By the end of two years, a fellow is expected to complete a minimum of two research papers (other than the fellow’s doctoral research work), either in terms of under reviews or accepted or published in the reputed international journals (with at least category B in ABDC journal rankings).
  • At the end of the two years, the Fellowship Program Committee will review the research contributions of the fellows. Based on the adequacy of the fellow’s research contribution, the committee may recommend the award of Certificate of Completion, Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program at IIM Amritsar. If the committee finds that fellow’s progress is satisfactory, the committee may recommend the extension of the fellowship up to one year.
  • During the program, post-doctoral fellows are also expected to complete the suggested coursework. The coursework requirement is customized to provide the fellows exposure to other functional areas of management along with quantitative/qualitative research methods.
  • The post-doctoral fellows will conform to all the rules and regulations of the institute governing the services of its employees. They are currently in vague and will be announced from time to time.
  • The post-doctoral fellows may avail the leaves of up to 24 days (on a pro-rata basis) in a calendar year as per the institute’s leave policy.
  • During the fellowship program, the institute may terminate the fellowship or a post-doctoral fellow may leave the program after giving one month’s notice. No reason for termination needs be assigned by either party.


Financial assistance

IIM Amritsar provides limited financial aid to its post-doctoral fellows (from the date of joining). The details of the same are as follows:

  • A consolidated fellowship amount of Rs 55,000 (Rupees fifty-five thousand only) per month
  • Rs. 30,000 per year as the contingency grant to cover expenses related to attending conferences, workshops, purchase of books, and relevant research activities on a reimbursement basis, upon production of receipts.
  • Rs.1,00,000/- (upper limit) for attending one international conference during their entire tenure with the post-doctoral program, on a reimbursement basis, upon production of receipts. This conference grant can be accessed only after completing the first year of the fellowship program and submission of one joint research paper with IIM Amritsar faculty member for publication in a reputed journal (with at least category B in ABDC journal rankings).
  • Personal medical insurance cover as per the institute’s student welfare policy.
  • Post-doctoral fellows may be provided with teaching opportunities. Institute will pay an honorarium for such activities in addition to the fellowship.

Rolling (online) admission applications:

  • Advertisement No: IIM ASR/PDF/10/2021/015, Dated: 07.10.2021.
  • The institute invites applications for the full-time Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program of IIM Amritsar from interested and eligible candidates on a rolling basis.
  • The received applications will be evaluated two times in an academic year, i.e., in May and November, and results will be shared by June and December for respective cycles.
  • The last date for submitting the application forms for the current cycle is  October 31, 2024.
  • Email: pdfadmission@iimamritsar.ac.in (for any further information).