ISPP’s first batch of scholars for the flagship certificate programme is filled with talented, ambitious and intellectually curious scholars from around the country. Join the next batch and build a legacy!

The ISPP’s Unique Approach to Admissions

As a unique, first of its kind School, our approach to admissions to our programme reflects our intent to change the paradigm of policy education in the country. We are looking for applicants, who have not just demonstrated academic excellence, but found a way to engage with community, society and issues beyond the classroom. Our approach to admissions is holistic, in-depth, and looks for interest, aptitude and intent in the applicant.

Basic Requirements

The ISPP’s Post Graduate Programme (PGP)
requires that all applicants be graduates in any discipline.

How to Apply

Applying to the 1-year programme in Policy, Design & Management is easy and simple.

Speak to the Admissions Team

ISPP has ready and helpful admissions officers willing to counsel prospective students. Get in touch with them today.


The application form is common for all applicants interested in the programme and forms the basis of your admissions process at ISPP.

  1. We follow a rolling selection process i.e. the earlier you apply, the faster your application is processed for shortlisting, immersion and decision.
  2. Early applicants have the benefit of having more time to take their decisions for acceptance as well as higher chances of securing a scholarship.
  3. Early applicants also have a better probability of getting selected because the number of seats that are available are higher in the beginning.

The submission of the application form is the first step in the admission process. 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.

Financial Aid Process Workflow

For more information, please read our FAQs. In case if your query is still unresolved, please feel free to reach out to us at /  +91-7303200363. We are also available on WhatsApp.

Application forms for the second batch will be live on the website on 15 January 2020. The application form will be available for download from the website, until the deadline for the 3rd round.

Timelines are as under:

Round-wise Timelines Open Close Result First Installment Deadline
Round 1 15 January 2020 15 March 2020 15 April 2020 06 May 2020
Round 2 16 March 2020 15 May 2020 05 June 2020 26 June 2020
Round 3 16 May 2020 15 June 2020 30 June 2020 14 July 2020

Programme Fee
The tuition fee for the academic year 2020-21 is INR 8,00,000*. An additional 18% GST is applicable on this tuition fee.

*Includes the cost of any reading material (related to the course) that will be provided. It does not include the cost of books that you may want to purchase during the course of the programme.

Tuition Fee: The tuition fee is payable in three installments. 20% of the fee has to be paid before the commencement of the programme at a specified date as per the admission round, 30% on the day of commencement day of the programme and 50% at the middle of the course after Term 4.


Tuition Fee: Tuition fee is refundable with some deductions. If you decide to withdraw from the programme before one month from the programme commencement day, a 10% deduction will be made on the tuition fee paid until then. Until 16 August, a 50% deduction on the tuition fee paid until then will apply (note that by then, you would have paid 50% of the tuition fee). No refund will be made on or after 17 August.

Refund Calculation:

Fee Refund Timeline Round 1 Withdrawal Round 2 Withdrawal Round 3 Withdrawal
10% Deduction 03 June 03 July 14 July (on or before)
50% Deduction 10 August 10 August 10 August (on or before)
100% Deduction 10 August 10 August 10 August (after)

Financial aid-process

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.

Eligible Students

The programme is open to anyone who has completed undergraduate studies in any discipline. No prior public policy experience is required but some work experience is preferred. ISPP is looking for individuals who are passionate about making a difference, intellectually curious and thrive in collaboration with people from diverse socio-economic backgrounds.

Basic Requirements

The 1-year programme in Policy, Design & Management is a post graduate certificate programme open to anyone who has completed his/her undergraduate studies in any discipline. The programme is open for Indian Nationals only.

We welcome college graduates from India or abroad, with or without prior public policy experience or education. However, we prefer graduates who have had prior work experience in any field. There is no age bar.

While no prior public policy experience or education is expected from applicants, basic numerical literacy and fluency in English will help them to make most out of their academic experience at ISPP.

To apply, applicants must complete the comprehensive ISPP admissions form and submit supporting documentation as required.

Please note: The ISPP reserves the sole right to offer and/or revoke the admissions and scholarships to the applicants at any point of time.

How to Apply

To apply, prospective applicants must complete the ISPP application form, available online on the ISPP website.

The form will be available on the website from 15 January 2020. This may be submitted, at any time, during the School’s three rounds of admissions, dates of which are available on:

Post application, applicants may be shortlisted based on the merits of their candidacy, and called for an in-person interview and group discussion.

Speak to the Admissions Team

To understand more about the programme, the application process, or admissions eligibility,
applicants can speak to the Admissions team at any time.

ISPP has advisors who are ready and helpful admissions officers willing to counsel prospective
students through an in-person meeting or email or phone call.

You can use the ‘Contact Us’ page to set up a meeting or a call with the ISPP team.