In this Masterclass, Anushka simplifies the application process for policy schools in US. She shares her experience of apply for the Harvard Kennedy School, and tips for scholarship applications. Anushka Siddiqui is a recent graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School, where she completed her Masters in Public Policy as a John F. Kennedy Fellow and an Inlaks scholar. Her studies at HKS spanned themes of digital government, education policy, and behavioral science. Anushka has prior work experience across the public and private sector in India as a consultant with McKinsey & Company and Samagra Development Associates. She will return to consulting after graduation with a focus on the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors and work with The Bridgespan Group across their Boston and Mumbai offices.


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    Navigating Policy School Admissions

    • Choosing a policy programme - MPP, MPA, etc.

    • Choosing between different colleges

    • MBA vs. MPP

    • Post policy school opportunities - private sector, economist, entrepreneurship

    • Impact of tech on policy schools

    • Limitations of policy schools in US

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    • Overview

    • Part of the puzzle - understanding the different components

    • Statement of purpose

    • GRE

    • CV

    • Letter of recommendation

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    • Overview

    • Writing the application

    • The interview process (with examples from the Inlaks interview)

    • Scholarships by colleges

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    • Quantitative CV

    • Taking a loan