Application Ally

Application Ally is a boutique student mentorship platform. We help students find the magic in their individual stories and translate it into overseas university applications - allowing them to access resources to become world leaders. Annually, we mentor a limited cohort of exceptional students seeking undergraduate and graduate degrees at their dream schools. Our unique process is derived from our own experiences of being admitted to more than half of the Ivy League institutions, securing over $400,000 in scholarship funding, and being selected for prestigious professional fellowships. As Allies, we’re here to guide, motivate, and support you as you embark on this application journey. 

I am a New York University graduate with extensive work experience in the education development, legal and nonprofit sector. As the Founder and CEO of Jazz Hands Foundation, an education-based non-profit in Pune, I have worked with students and youth from all spectrums of society to aid their educational journey. My passion for social entrepreneurship began at New York University so I have seen first hand the opportunities, access and resources that such educational institutions provide. My educational pursuits revolved around law, policy and journalism which pushed me to apply to a diversity of programs in the United States. Eventually, I decided to pursue a Master's in Public Policy and will be attending one of the institutions from my admitted university list for the same!


Applying to various programs and securing admission to some of the top universities with over INR 2.8 crore in funding has given me invaluable insights into the application process. I did not enlist the help of any external consultants as I waded through my applications but rather developed a unique process to research and created a support system of educators and alumnus to help me tackle my applications. The key to succeeding in my applications was an approach that was completely informed by other students who had undergone a similar process and alumni of my target institutions. Through Application Ally I want to be that resource for prospective applicants. 


Public Policy & Law, Masters

  • Harvard University JFK School of Government 

  • Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs

  • University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy and Practice

  • Duke University, Sanford School of Public Policy

  • Georgetown University, Law Center

  • University of Southern California, Sol Price School of Public Policy

  • University of Southern California, Gould School of Law

  • New York University, Wagner Graduate School of Public Service 

Journalism and Digital Multimedia, Masters


  • Columbia University, Journalism School, Documentary Specialization

  • UC Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism

  • Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism

  • New York University, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute


  • New York University, College of Art and Science

  • University of Southern California, College of Letters, Arts and Science

  • Hamilton College, Liberal Arts

  • University of Vermont

  • University of Portland  



Bachelor of Arts, 2018 

Digital Media and Environmental Studies 
Magna Cum Laude 

Incoming Master in Public Policy, 2020/2021 


Jazz Hands Foundation, Founder and CEO, Pune

Non-profit working with over 2000 underprivileged students in Pune to teach English using drama using a student facilitator model of 700 youth volunteers. Earned the "Most Impactful Social Innovator" citation by World CSR Day 

Dream a Dream, AIF Clinton Fellow, Bangalore

Non-profit that works to empower 13,000 marginalized children and youth in Bangalore using a life skills curriculum.

Sanford Heisler Sharp LLP, Legal Assistant, New York

Leading national law firm representing employees, primarily in discrimination cases. The Firm has won the largest verdict ever in a Title VII case. 

CNN, Multimedia Intern Investigative Unit, New York

CNN's investigative unit undertakes in depth investigative reporting projects to produce long form video content


American India Foundation, William J. Clinton Fellow

1 of 20 individuals chosen from 1000+ applicants to work with developmental organizations in India on scalable and sustainable solutions in the fields of education, livelihoods and public health. 

  • Harvard University - John F. Kennedy Scholarship 

  • Duke University - Sanford MPP Tuition Fellowship

  • University of Pennsylvania - Merit Scholarship

  • University of Southern California, Public Policy - 75% Dean's Merit Scholarship

  • University of Southern California, Law - 75% Tuition Merit Scholarship

  • New York University - 50% Public Service Scholarship

  • Georgetown Law - Merit Scholarship


Nushka desai


Goldsmiths University  
Master of Arts, 2018 

Understanding Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse 
Magna Cum Laude 


Certificate in Public Policy, 2018 

Having always been interested in psychology, health and service, I knew my interests were niche and no college in India offered a comprehensive program to accomodate them. So, I made a conscious choice to acquire relevant knowledge by studying, interning, volunteering and working with psychologists, behaviour therapists and non-profit organisations. I gained invaluable experience while working with various marginalised communities such as trauma survivors, persons with disabilities, the LGBTQ+ community, sex workers and persons with mental health issues. Focusing on gaining experience allowed me to become a well-known name in the Human Resource and Diversity & Inclusion network, which eventually qualified me to consult the senior and mid-management of reputed corporates.

I found the perfect degree for me at the University of London, which was an MA in Understanding Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse. Despite not being a run-of-the-mill applicant, I was granted an offer and graduated magna cum laude. As my degree did not qualify for University Scholarships, I applied to lauded Indian scholarships and was awarded grants for my education. My non-traditional application experience allows me to find distinctive elements in others’ stories. Having worked, volunteered and experienced student life to the fullest, I also understand that college isn’t only about academics and neither is your application. Through Application Ally, I want to showcase the uniqueness in the stories of prospective applicants.


Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust, Program Manager, Mumbai

A Charitable Trust that works with disability, education, healthcare and community welfare pan-India.


Yes Bank Fellowship

The Yes Bank Fellowship is a fellowship that focuses on using media for social change. Selected for the 2019 cohort.

Gandhi Fellowship

The Gandhi Fellowship or Kaivalya Education Fellowship is an immersive two year program which focuses on bringing social impact. Selected for the 2019 cohort.


  • REBT Counselling
    Heart to Heart Counselling Centre, Mumbai

  • Integrated Clinical Hypnotherapy
    California Hypnosis Institute of India

  • Feminist Crisis Intervention
    Resource Centre for Intervention, Tata Institute of Social Science


  • Lady Meherbai D. Tata Education Trust Scholarship

  • Lotus Trust Scholarship

  • Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation Scholarship

  • British Council IELTS Scholarship

Jazz Hands Foundation, Head of Human Resources, Pune

Non-profit working with over 2000 underprivileged students in Pune to teach English using drama using a student facilitator model of 700 youth volunteers.

Aks Foundation, Counselling Intern, Pune

Aks Foundation provides compassionate, comprehensive services to those impacted by gender-based violence (domestic violence, sexual abuse and harassment) while partnering with the community to promote safety, awareness and prevention.

BNY Mellon, Diversity Consultant, Pune & Chennai

BNY Mellon is a global investments company dedicated to helping its clients manage and service their financial assets throughout the investment lifecycle.

Symantec, Diversity Consultant, Pune 

Fortune 500 company that provides cybersecurity software and services. Headquartered in the United States with development centers in Pune, Chennai and Bangalore.

Tata Motors, Diversity Consultant, Pune 

Fortue 500 company that is the largest multinational automotive manufacturing company in India, headquartered in Mumbai.

Sofar Sounds, Social Media Manager, Pune

Sofar Sounds is a community of thousands of artists, hosts, audience, designers and more, who put on hundreds of  intimate events per month, across 345 cities around the world to keep alive the integrity and magic of live performances.