Join the Distinguished Inaugural Batch

ISPP’s first batch of students for the flagship certificate programme is set to be filled with talented, ambitious and intellectually curious students from around the country.

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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 students 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 will be holistic and in-depth and prize interest, aptitude and intent.

Basic Requirements

The ISPP’s flagship certificate programme
requires standard admissions requirements that all students be graduates and fluent in English.

How to Apply

Application to the programme is
straightforward. Students are required to submit a simple form along with supporting material.

Speak to an Advisor

The ISPP has ready and helpful admissions
officers willing to counsel prospective students. Fix up a time today.


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

  1. We follow a rolling selection process within each round i.e. the earlier you apply within any round, 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
  3. Early applications 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 is the first step in the admissions process.

Application forms for the founding batch are live on the website.

The application form will be available for download from the website until the deadline for the 3rd round.

Application and decision deadlines

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Round 1 1 – October, 2018 15-January, 2019 15-February, 2019
Round 2 16 – January, 2019 31 – March, 2019 15-April, 2019
Round 3 1 – April, 2019 20 – June, 2019 15-July, 2019

At ISPP, we are committed to ensuring that every student who is admitted to the programme is able to complete it irrespective of her financial background. We have a robust and comprehensive need-based and merit-based financial-aid process that ensures that every deserving student is able to afford ISPP. The award of aid has no relation to your academic or other achievements that may have formed the basis for your selection to the programme.

With generous support from our donors, we have, for the Class of 2019, provisioned for varying levels of aid, ranging from 25% to 100% waiver on fees. We have also kept aside 20% of the seats that will be offered on full-waiver for aid-deserving candidates.


SN Items Fee in INR
1 Programme cost* 700,000
2 Expected boarding and lodging costs** 150,000

*Includes: cost of any course reading or print materials that will be provided. It does not include the cost of books that you may want to purchase during the course of the programme

**This includes the cost of residence in twin-sharing AC rooms, meals and refreshments, electricity and water charges, internet charges, housekeeping and security services.

Please note:
An acceptance fee of INR 50,000 is charged to confirm your seat on the programme. This amount is adjusted against the first instalment of tuition fee that is paid at the time of registration in the programme


Fee payment schedule

The tuition fee is paid in three equal installments over the course of the year. The first one is due at the time of registration.
The boarding and lodging costs are paid in two equal installments over the course of the year. The first one is due at the time of registration.

Financial aid-process

Step 1: Candidates self-report their financial situation as per the application form. This information is not shared with the admissions team.

Step 2: Candidates bring all supporting documents for their financial situation to the personal interaction where they are reviewed and collected by the Financial-aid team.

Step 3: Financial-aid team may seek additional information if required, after which the team makes the decision on award of aid to the candidate.

Eligible Students

The 1-year programme in Policy, Design & Management is open to any graduate looking to take a comprehensive, Masters equivalent professional training programme. It is open both to early-career working professionals as well as students completing or recently graduated from college.

Students are welcome to apply from across the spectrum, regardless of past work-experience, present career or choice of discipline at the Bachelor’s level. There are no minimum academic criteria either. The ISPP is looking for a diverse, intellectually curious and socially conscious student body open to a wide variety of career options relating to public policy.

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Basic Requirements

The 1-year programme in Policy, Design & Management is a Master’s equivalent certificate and is open to all college graduates from India or abroad.

While no prior policy experience or education is expected of students, they will be assumed to have basic numerical literacy and fluency in English as minimum admission requirements.

The programme welcomes students straight out of college as well as early career professionals. There is no minimum or maximum age to admission eligibility.

To apply, students must complete the comprehensive ISPP admissions form and submit supporting documents and academic marksheets as required.

How to Apply

Applying to the 1-year programme in Policy, Design & Management is straightforward.

To apply, prospective students must complete the comprehensive ISPP admissions form online, available on the ISPP website, and submit supporting documents and academic marksheets as required.

The form will be continuously available on the website from the 1st of October, 2018 onwards. This may be submitted at any time during the School’s three rounds of admissions, dates of which will be clearly announced on the website.

Post application, students may be called for an in-person interview based on the merits of their candidacy.

Speak to an Advisor

To understand more about the programme, the application process or admissions eligibility, prospective students can speak to an ISPP advisor at any time.

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

Students can use the Contact Uspage to setup a meeting or call with an advisor.