Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Consult with NGOs in Delhi - Winter 2019

Applications are now open for the PLCY Winter 2019 Education Abroad program to India:  Education and Project Engagement with Delhi’s NGOs, with a JUNE 15 deadline.  The program provides an exciting opportunity to gain professional, international experience, while increasing knowledge and experience in the role of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector in global development. Under the auspices of the School of Public Policy’s Do Good Institute’s Global Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership Program and the University of Maryland's partnership with the Grameen Foundation, students work in teams of 3-4 to serve as professional consultants with a Delhi-based nongovernmental organization.  The course involves preparation for the consultancy during fall, 2018 and then January, 2019 winter term in the field in northern India.

What is the timeline for applications?
· June 15Applications due (NOTE: this is earlier than most SPP abroad programs, as we start meeting early in the fall semester)
· June 18 to June 22: application review and interviews (by Skype or in person)
· June 25: notification of acceptance decision
· July 1: students confirm acceptance

NOTE:  The application is streamlined, but does require some narrative responses, so please allow sufficient time to complete the application.  Also, COMPETITIVE PARTIAL FELLOWSHIP AWARDS EXIST for this program, so please carefully respond to related questions on the application for consideration.  Do not let financial considerations prevent you from applying.

Read more about their hands-on experience herehere and here.
Interested? Complete your Application for India (Winter 2019) by June 15!  

If you have any questions, please contact faculty director, Dr. Angela Bies ( or associate director, SPP PhD student, Zhongsheng Wu (

One past participant said: "The India course is an extremely valuable experience both as a student and as a consultant. Not only were we able to evaluate our client's program and provide tangible recommendations for the client to improve programming and scale up provisions, but my team also learned so much in the process. Talking to beneficiaries, hearing about their needs and how the program was affecting their lives, and gathering data in the field was vital to really understanding the problem and providing useful and sustainable suggestions to the NGO. On top of that, gaining skills in conducting evaluations in a developing country and working with a client are great resume builders and extremely relevant to employers."