Indian School of Public Policy

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Programme Overview

The Indian School of Public Policy is the first design thinking focused school of public policy in India, founded with a vision to develop policy professionals with the knowledge, skills, wisdom and ethics to understand, design and implement local solutions to India’s enduring policy and governance challenges.

The campus is located at the heart of the nations capital overlooking the picturesque urban forest ‘Sanjay Van’ and the Qutub Minar. Designed to be asset light and talent heavy, ISPP focuses on bringing together the best minds in public policy to create a unique high quality program that aims to create the next generation of Policy leaders.


8 academic terms of 6 weeks each


Taught by world-class faculty and policy professionals


Extensive collaborations with industry and government


Only public policy programme with a focus on design thinking and management.

Programme Highlights

The programme does not only serve as an in-depth understanding of what public policy is, but also equips students with design and management precepts, with the objective to develop better systems thinkers and policy executives. Students will learn not only about public policy analysis, the development of policy, but also the integration of practical concerns of finance, capabilities and ethics, as well as best practices of implementation, management and assessment, across the domains of public administration and public policy.

Harris, along with ISPP offers the scholars from ISPP the opportunity to earn a certificate of completion in Public Policy and International Development. The certificate consists of a series of workshops and lectures, organized by Harris, to be held at ISPP and conducted by faculty, practitioners and other experts associated with the University of Chicago.

The lecture series hosted highly esteemed professors and alumni of the University of Chicago. Michael Greenstone, Director of the Becker Friedman Institute at UChicago; John Mark Hansen, the Charles L. Hutchinson distinguished service Professor in the Department of Political Science; Marvin Zonis, Professor Emeritus of Business Administration at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business to name a few who addressed ISPP scholars.

The Antarang Leadership Lab (ALL) is an experiential lab. Antarang means ‘intimate’ and the lab is meant to create a comfortable space where scholars can have conversations amongst friends on issues that are relevant to their personal development as leaders. ALL gives our scholars hands-on, practical experience to build their leadership skills to help them both at ISPP and when they start working. ALL aims to make our scholars more aware of themselves and their surroundings.

Immersive Learning Projects (ILPs) are high impact and unique learning experiences for scholars at ISPP to collaborate on real time projects guided by project leads from client organisations. ILP is a great way to provide the scholars a platform to completely immerse in live projects related to public policy that enables learning by doing.

The Writing and Communication Lab at ISPP offers apprentice-style training to develop scholars verbal, non-verbal and writing skills to effectively communicate in development, corporate, and academic settings. The Lab also works closely with the Careers team to support students’ career development needs.

The ‘Tea and Policy’ session is a unique initiative where we invite public policy professionals from a diverse range of industry backgrounds to engage with our scholars. These events are structured to be free flowing discussions which not only provide the scholars with an avenue to network with industry leaders but also gives them an insight into the day-to-day workings of a policy professional.

A few policy professionals who have engaged with our scholars include Aman Jain (Google), Priti Srivastava (Reliance Industries), Rajesh Chadha (Brookings), Anu Madgavkar (McKinsey), Nirat Bhatnagar (Dalberg), Ranen Banerjee (PwC), etc.

The spirited diversity of our batch is also reflected in their varied career aspirations.

At ISPP, we have designed our own career support process - the ‘Three Es towards Employment’ to competently leverage on the varied skill sets and domain expertise that our scholars offer and enable each scholar to pursue career opportunities of their choice. You can read more about placements and career support at ISPP here.

Policy Hackathon is one of the most enriching and fun experiences at ISPP! We usually invite organisations to give scholars a real policy challenge, and the scholars get 24 hours to work and present their solutions. The campus stays open all night, and of course there's an endless supply of chai/snacks.


Admissions Open for Class of 2023 | Application Deadline: 29th June 2022

Application Process at ISPP

ISPP's year-long programme in Public Policy, Design & Management is open to any individual who holds an undergraduate degree from Indian/foreign universities, regardless of discipline. While work experience in relevant domains is preferred, exceptional candidates without any formal experience would be considered. Numerical and language proficiency are desired qualifications in a successful applicant.

To apply, applicants must register first and complete ISPP's admissions form after receiving a customised username and password.

1. Registering and starting the Application Form: An applicant needs to register with a personal email address to start an application form. We recommend using a personal email address and not a school or office-affiliated email. All communication from ISPP will be sent only to the applicant's registered email address Register on and fill the application form which includes your credentials, along with a statement of purpose (explaining why you want to attend a programme in public policy and why you want to pursue this programme at ISPP).

2. Quantitative/ Logical Aptitude Test: Both the quantitative skills and logical aptitude test will consist of 15 questions worth 2 points each to be completed within 30 minutes. You can choose to attempt any one of the two mandatory tests

3. Group Discussion (GD) & Personal Interview (PI): The group discussion will be conducted on a particular policy topic which will be announced at the start of the discussion. 4-5 applicants will participate in each group discussion and the session will last for 1 hour. The group will analyse and discuss the policy topic. The applicants will be judged on their critical thinking skills and their ability to analyse issues.

4. Offer: Successful applicants will receive acceptance letters. Successful financial aid applicants will receive financial aid offers.

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Application Deadline: 29th June 2022

Career Support

ISPP aspires to create a cadre of policy leaders who undergo a comprehensive academic programme in public policy, along with rigorous training in management, communication and leadership skills. Our support system for career growth covers a comprehensive set of resume building and interview training sessions, with the aim of preparing the scholars to go from being ‘interview-ready’ to ‘industry-ready.

ISPP has a dedicated careers team working with each scholar to explore prospective career pathways and towards enabling career opportunities of the scholar’s areas of interest. Our academic curriculum and career support system for professional and personal growth gave ISPP scholars an opportunity to work in reputed organisations.

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Financial Aid Process

ISPP’s tuition fee for the class of 2023 academic year is INR 800,000 (exclusive of GST).

Our financial grants and bursaries support outstanding candidates with demonstrated excellence both inside and outside the classroom.

Candidates may apply for a scholarship during the application process itself. ISPP also provides assistance in securing educational loans. For more information please read our brochure.

Kindly note, any decision made by ISPP’s financial aid committee is final, binding, and non-negotiable.

Step 1

Applicants self-report their financial situation along with the supporting documents in the financial-aid form available in their respective application account.

Step 2

The financial aid application has to be submitted along with the application form. In case the financial aid application is submitted after the deadline of the admission round in which the applicant has applied, it will not be taken into consideration.

Step 3

The information and the supporting documents submitted by applicants in the financial-aid form is thoroughly reviewed by the Financial-Aid Committee. The Committee may seek additional information and supporting documents from applicants, if required.

Step 4

The Financial-Aid Committee assesses the financial-aid applications of applicants and makes a decision.

The financial-aid decision is made on the basis of applicants’ adjusted household income that takes into account the income of all the members of their households, fixed assets, financial assets, financial liabilities and any other significant expense currently incurred by their households. Applicants should ensure that the information provided by them for financial-aid is true and accurate and is backed up by supporting documents.

Please note: All the decisions of the financial-aid committee are non-negotiable. The committee & the institution reserve the right to conduct background verification checks for any candidate at any time before the admission process and/or during the academic year. ISPP also reserves the right to withdraw or modify the financial-aid with change in financial circumstances of the applicant.