ISPP’s first batch of students for the flagship certificate programme is filled with talented, ambitious and intellectually curious students 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 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, in-depth, and will prize interest, aptitude and intent.

Basic Requirements

The ISPP’s flagship certificate programme
requires standard admissions requirements that all students be graduates in any discipline.

How to Apply

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

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 students 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 is the first step in the admissions process.

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

Our programme ensures the understanding of “What is policy?" and its diverse nuances. At ISPP, we are committed to ensuring that every student who is admitted to our programme, is able to complete it irrespective of the financial background. We have a robust and comprehensive merit-cum-means based financial-aid process that ensures that every
deserving student is able to afford this unique course in public policy. With generous support from our donors, we have, for the class of 2019, provisioned for varying levels of aid.

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 or print 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 registration day of the programme at a specified date as per the admission round, 30% on the registration 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 Registration, 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 10 July 24 July (on or before)
50% Deduction 31 July 31 July 31 July (on or before)
75% Deduction 17 August 17 August 17 August (on or before)
100% Deduction 18 August 18 August 18 August (after)

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 pertaining to their financial situation on the day of their personal interview and group discussion round, where they are reviewed and collected by the Financial Aid team.

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

Please note: All the decisions of the Financial Aid committee are non-negotiable. The committee and 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 candidate.

Eligible Students

Admissions are open not only for students from the fields of public administration, public policy, governance or similar, but also for students from other academic and/or professional backgrounds. Students are welcome to apply from across the spectrum, regardless of past work-experience, present career or choice of discipline at the Bachelors level. There are no minimum academic criteria either. ISPP is looking for a diverse, intellectually curious and socially conscious student body, open to a wide variety of career options related to public policy and its nuances.

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Basic Requirements

The 1-year programme in Policy, Design & Management is a post graduate certificate programme open to all college graduates from India or abroad. While no prior public policy experience or education is expected of students, it is assumed that they have basic numerical literacy, and fluency in English as minimum admission requirements.

The programme welcomes students straight out of college, as well as early to mid 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 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

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

To apply, prospective students must complete the comprehensive ISPP admissions form online,  available on the ISPP website, and submit the supporting documentation.

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, students 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,
prospective students 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.