IIM Bangalore has launched a new apprentice programme with a motive to help students/ aspirants from marginalised prepare for doctoral studies. The Pre-doctoral Fellowship scheme of IIM Bangalore is named after Professor NS Ramaswamy, a popular votary of social inclusion. The fellowship programme is expected to bring social inclusion on campus.
Spokesperson of IIM Bangalore, Kavita Kumar revealed that the Pre-doctoral Fellowship is a highly selective programme launched with the aim to promote and increase the social diversity of management academia in India. The programme will help the marginalised sections to prepare at IIM Bangalore, and apply for doctoral studies anywhere in the world, she added.
Giving more details about the Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Kavita Kumar mentioned that the duration of the apprentice programme is one year. The programme is specifically designed to help the selected pre-doctoral fellows apply to doctoral programme in management and associated/allied disciplines, she explained.
The initiative of IIM Bangalore has been hailed by students and faculty members. One of the faculty members pointed that the pre-doctoral fellowship programme is a significant step towards achieving social diversity. Aspirants from underprivileged sections of society will be highly beneficial through this apprentice programme.
The 2018-19 Pre-Doctoral Fellowships are open/ available in the disciplinary areas of management research. The fellowship programme will commence from June 2018. Even though the duration of the apprentice programme is one year, it might be extended to another year under exceptional circumstances. The extension will be granted based on the progress of the candidate. The selected candidates will receive a monthly stipend of Rs. 25,000.
Master’s degree/ Integrated Master’s degree/ CA/ ICWA/ CS candidates with at least 50% of marks can register for this apprentice programme.