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    Recommended 15hrs/week

    12 Months


    EduQua certified, IACBE member, AACSB member

    Immersion (Optional)

    3 days in Dubai

    Start Date

    Dec 31, 2023

    Accreditation and Membership

    About the Program

    About the Fellowship Program

    About the Fellowship Program

    The program by Rushford is tailored for working professionals, offering a perfect combination of self-paced learning and interactive sessions with the esteemed faculty members, creating an ideal balance for busy individuals. Benefit from personalized supervision through one-on-one interactions with experienced academic advisors, who come from diverse professional backgrounds and are based around the globe.

    Live University Lectures

    Live University Lectures

    Rushford's faculty curate live and interactive sessions for it's students that are scheduled considering the global time zones and working hours.

    1:1 Guidance Sessions with Supervisors

    1:1 Guidance Sessions with Supervisors

    Benefit from personalized supervision through one-on-one interactions with experienced academic advisors, who come from diverse professional backgrounds and are based around the globe. Engage in live and interactive sessions with your assigned supervisor, ensuring valuable guidance and support throughout your research journey.

    On-Campus Immersion (Optional)

    On-Campus Immersion (Optional)

    3 days immersion in Dubai

    Program Overview

    Key Highlights

    Same alumni status as on-campus students
    Same alumni status as on-campus students
    Balanced curriculum of application and research for working professionals
    Balanced curriculum of application and research for working professionals
    Dedicated Student Support available
    Dedicated Student Support available
    Delivery architecture designed for working professionals
    Delivery architecture designed for working professionals
    1:1 Guidance Sessions with Supervisors
    1:1 Guidance Sessions with Supervisors
    Live Lectures
    Live Lectures
    3 Days Optional Immersion in Dubai
    3 Days Optional Immersion in Dubai
    Small Group Coachings
    Small Group Coachings

    "Our aim is simple: We strive to create high-impact, hands-on experiences that prepare students for meaningful and productive careers.”

    - Ronnie Screwvala, Co-Founder, upGrad



    Prepare for an exceptional experience as you embark on a transformative journey, supported by the remarkable blend of strong and ethical leadership and the unwavering guidance of Rushford's committed faculty.

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    Who Is This Program For?

    Working professionals seeking to transition into the C-suiteview more

    Minimum Eligibility

    Master's Degree (or equivalent) or Bachelors Degree with 3 yview more

    Pre Doctoral Fellowship Program from Rushford Business School

    Pre Doctoral Fellowship Program from Rushford Business School
    Upon successfully finishing the program, learners become part of a thriving community of doctorate degree holders who are making a difference in the world by addressing unique problem statements, one at a time.
    Pre Doctoral Fellowship Program from Rushford Business School
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    • Alumni status from Rushford Business School

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    Learn on an AI-powered & personalised platform with best-in-class content, live sessions & mentoring from leading industry experts.
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    Global Lecturers

    The esteemed faculty at Rushford will guide you through your fellowship learning pathway.


    Experience a top-tier combination of application-based and research-based modules delivered by renowned faculty members and industry experts.

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    ECTS Credits
    Online Learning

    Cutting Edge Leadership

    5 ECTS
    • Leadership & the Future of Work
    • Leadership from a Distance
    • Leadership and Authenticity
    • Leadership and Personal Power
    • Leadership, Innovation and Disruption

    Strategic Management

    5 ECTS
    • Approaching and Articulating Strategy
    • Understanding the External Environment
    • Disruption and Uncertainty
    • Governance and Sustainability
    • Strategy in Practice
    • Strategic and Dynamic Capabilities

    Introduction to Academic Research

    5 ECTS
    • Building a Research Mindset
    • Research Proposal - Program Deliverable
    • Fundamentals of Academic Writing
    • Research Problem, Research Questions and Hypotheses
    • Ethical Research Practices

    Landscape of Literature Review

    5 ECTS
    • Identifying Sources
    • Critical Analysis
    • Synthesis and Documentation of Literature
    • Identifying Themes in Literature
    • Finding the Literature Gap

    Research Design

    5 ECTS
    • Types of Research Design
    • Sampling
    • Data Collection Methods
    • Writing about Research Design in Research Proposal

    Business Statistics

    5 ECTS
    • Descriptive Statistics
    • Inferential Statistics
    • Regression Analysis

    Designing a quantitative research methodology

    5 ECTS
    • Survey Design
    • Experimental Design
    • Reliability and Validity of Data Collection Instruments
    • Considerations for Mixed Methods Design
    • Statistical Analysis Methods
    • Interpreting Statistical Results
    • Connecting Results with Research Questions

    Designing a qualitative research methodology

    5 ECTS
    • Interview Techniques
    • Content Analysis
    • Case Study Methods
    • Reliability and Validity of Data Collection Instruments
    • Considerations for Mixed Methods Design
    • Qualitative Data Analysis Techniques
    • Connecting Results with Research Questions

    Communicating Your Research Effectively

    • Academic Publishing
    • Presentation Skills
    • Research Dissemination Strategies
    • Presenting the Research Proposal

    Next Steps as a Researcher

    • How to Leverage the Research Proposal
    • Career Paths in Research
    • Grant Writing
    • Collaborative Research Opportunities

    Research Proposal Defense

    20 Credits
    • 5000-word submission

    Admission Process

    There are 3 simple steps in the Admission Process which is detailed below:

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    1:1 Research Proposal Supervision

    1:1 Research Proposal Supervision
    1:1 Research Proposal Supervision
    • 1:1 Research Proposal Supervision will be provided

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Course Eligibility

    Who is this program for?

    Working professionals who are looking for a transition into the C-suite or Senior Management professionals looking to become experts in their domain of choice. 

    What is the minimum eligibility for this program?

    Master's Degree (or equivalent) or Bachelors Degree with 3 years of work experience. 


    How much do I pay to block my seat?

    You need to pay INR 25,000/- to block your seat. 

    Will I be able to avail EMI Options of my course fee even after receiving scholarships?

    Yes, please check our "Fees" section for flexible EMI options. 

    Refund Policy/Financials

    What is the refund policy for this program?

    1. You may request a refund for the Program at any time before the Cohort Commencement Date by visiting and submitting your refund form via the "My Application" section under your profile. A processing fee of Rs. 10,000 will be charged. Please note that once the Program commences, no refund request will be considered, and any amount paid by the student will not be refunded.

    2. Requests for refund must be sent via e-mail in the prescribed Refund Request Form. The refund will be processed within 30 working days of commencement of the program. For refund and deferral policies please refer to this link.

    No Cost Credit Card EMI FAQ's

    0% EMI with Finance partners /Credit card option availability will vary program wise.

    1. Which banks allow using 0% Credit card EMI or Credit card EMI?
    No cost EMI is available on credit cards from all major banks (American Express, Bank of Baroda, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, IndusInd Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, RBL Bank, Standard Chartered, Axis Bank, Yes Bank, State Bank of India, CITIBANK and HSBC)

    2. Is there any minimum transaction limit ?
    Yes. 50000 is the minimum.

    3. Standard Chartered Bank offers 18 or 24 months No Cost EMI ?
    No. ONLY 12 months is available irrespective of the Program enrolled.

    4. Will I have to pay any extra amount for EMI transaction?
    If you are availing 0% credit card EMI, upGrad will not charge any processing fees or down payment for these transactions. Your bank may levy GST or other taxes on the interest component of the EMI.

    5. Are there any fees or down payment?
    Certain banks charge nominal processing fees between INR 99 - 500 on 0% Credit Card EMI transaction. If charged, will be billed in the first repayment installment.

    6. Can I use my International credit card for 0% credit EMI or Credit Card EMI?
    Only the Indian bank credit cards can be used. But you can pay the amount using the Credit card option in one shot / part payments, and later you can convert into EMI from your respective bank. The tenures and interest charged will depend on your bank. upGrad will not charge any processing fees or down payment for these transactions, this will be purely between you and your bank.

    7. Are there any charges in case I opt for cancellation/refund from the course after paying balance with no cost EMI ?
    Yes, there will be additional charges to the extent of interest paid by the upGrad to the bank, you will be refunded only Principal amount, i.e. the amount actually deducted/blocked from your card. This deduction will be in addition to the amount mentioned in the refund policy shared with your offer letter.

    8. Can I Pay Using Multiple Credit Cards ?
    Multiple cards can be used to complete the payments using Part payment option make sure to inform the learner, minimum transaction is INR 50000 to opt for 0% CC EMI E.g. Amount to be paid: 150000. I can pay using 2 Credit cards. Yes, Example :
    HDFC Card – Part payment – INR 100000
    ICICI Card – Part payment – INR 50000

    9. How can I opt for Credit card EMI if my bank is not listed in the 0% Credit card EMI or Credit card EMI?
    You can pay the amount using the Credit card option in one shot / part payments, and later you can convert into EMI from your respective bank. The tenures and interest charged will depend on your bank. upGrad will not charge any processing fees or down payment for these transactions.

    10. Why is the entire amount blocked on my credit card?
    Initially your bank will block the entire amount from your available purchase limit and from your next billing cycle, you will be charged the EMI amount. As you start paying your EMI, your credit limit will be released accordingly. For example, if you have made a payment of ₹100000 on 6-months EMI and your credit limit is ₹200,000 then initially your bank will block your credit limit by ₹100000. After payment of your first month EMI of Rs.15000, the blocked amount will come down to ₹85000.

    11. Why is interest getting charged on No Cost EMI?
    Your bank will charge you interest. However, this interest charge has been provided to you as an upfront discount at the time of your payment, effectively giving you the benefit of a No cost EMI. The total amount paid during the entire EMI tenure to the bank will be equal to the amount to be paid to upGrad.

    Eg. Amount payable to upGrad: INR 405000
    Let's say Amount deducted at the time of transaction: INR 379850 (Principal amount) Bank charges interest of 12-15% per annum on INR 379850
    [Note: Interest factor is reducing rate and not Flat rate]
    EMI AMOUNT = INR 33750 x 12 = INR 405000
    Effectively, you have taken loan on 379,850 instead of 405,000

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