2019 Fellows Shout-out Series: Nishank Varshney

  • Posted on: 19 July 2020
  • By: minnesotangos

MINN is proud to announce that our 2019 cohort of Fellows are graduating (already!) These ten incredible individuals represent important voices and perspectives in Minnesota's international development community, and we're excited to see what they accomplish next. Follow along as we highlight the graduating 2019 Fellows in our Fellows Shout-Out blog series:


While pursuing his undergraduate degree in Electronics Engineering from BITS Pilani in India, Nishank became interested in the field of public policy through a series of internships. He worked on the implementation and evaluation of the Right to Education Act and subsequently decided to pursue a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota. Nishank is currently pursuing his Doctoral Studies at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs where he is interested in looking at ways to improve educational outcomes and better ways to design, implement, and evaluate public policies. 

Having lived all his life in India before coming to the US, most of his exposure to the development field was limited to the South Asian context. He applied to the MINN Fellowship to get to know a more diverse set of fellows and professionals working across other regions such as Africa and Central and Latin America.

Over the one year of being a MINN Fellow, he got to know some amazing people and learn from their experiences. Attending the MINN summit, the lunch with Stephanie Kimou and Abdul Omari, the Ethiopian dinner with fellows over an amazing conversation, will be the most cherished memories for Nishank from the MINN Fellows program. 

Recently Nishank has been appointed as the Chief Financial Officer and a Board Member of his undergraduate college’s alumni association which caters to over 30,000+ alumni. Additionally, he will be teaching ‘Nonprofit and Public Financial Analysis and Budgeting’ to a class of 40 undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota this fall. He is interested in connecting with people who work in the finance and budgeting teams of non-profits and public offices. He can be reached via LinkedIn.

MINN will be recruiting for its next cohort of Fellows later this summer. If you are interested in learning more, please inquire with [email protected] or learn more on the Fellows website. As always, thank you to the McKnight Foundation for supporting this important program!