The Readying Applicants through Mentorship Pairings (RAMP) program is designed to connect MPP applicants with current MPP students who share similar policy interests, backgrounds, and lived-experiences. Mentors will provide applicants with advice about the application process and share more about their Sanford experience.


RAMP takes place during the academic year, specifically during the fall semester of Duke's academic calendar, and aligns approximately with our MPP application cycle. For our upcoming admission cycle, RAMP applications are due by October 17th (2023). Our team will arrange RAMP mentee-mentor pairings during the second-half of October, and will communicate matches by November 1st (2023).

Interested in applying to RAMP? Please complete our RAMP Mentee Application!


MPP Mentor

Current Sanford MPP students serve as program mentors and share insights about the application process and their own Sanford experience.



Mentors communicate with mentees via email to answer questions.


Custom Webinars

The program sponsors webinars to give insight about the Sanford experience and the MPP application process. 

"I grew up in what society would term as the ‘ghetto.’ I am a Black woman raised by a single mother. Before graduate school I served as a college advisor in an underserved rural high school. I also spent a summer working on a program to fill healthcare gaps. Combined with my lived experiences, the training I am receiving at Sanford will make it easier to enter and serve in the policy spaces where I can help solve issues that are disproportionately impacting marginalized communities." - Mia Smith, MPP'23