Hi everyone,

I'm an Indian woman aiming for PhDs in Public/Social Policy or International Development. I'm unsure of where to start looking for universities in USA or UK because I cannot figure out where I'd be a strong candidate. Profile as below:

Undergrad in economics, 1st rank from a top Indian university

Masters in development studies from a top UK university but an overall Merit (about 60-65%), not the highest grade.

Working for 2 years now as an RA with young profs/economists from the USA. Have also held internships with large non profits and government in India.

GRE 165 quant, 160 verbal. Also completed some additional math coursework in linear algebra, vector calculus and real analysis from Harvard Extension.

Have a co-authored publication in a local journal on labour / gender.

My dream programs would be Stanford's Economics of Education or MIT Urban Planning PhD's International Development focus (my research is education and labour in cities). But wondering if I'd be a a more realistic strong candidate at NYU Wagner or Duke Sanford? Could anyone help with what universities I should be looking at?

Thank you