Application Process

Application Timeline for the 2017-2018 Fellowship Cycle

September 1: Application opens on website. 

November 11: Deadline for submission of application materials. You must submit your completed application via the online form by 5 P.M. EST on November 11, or you will not be considered for the 2017-2018 cycle. You must also mail a hard copy of your transcript and recommendation letter to the PiA office (transcripts and recommendation letters must be postmarked by November 11). Those on (or near) Princeton’s campus may drop off hard-copy application materials (transcript & recommendation letter) to the PiA office in lieu of mailing. The PiA mailing address is 194 Nassau St., Suite 212, Princeton, NJ 08542. If possible, please plan ahead and include all hard-copy materials together in a single submission. Materials sent by email will not be accepted.

November 22: All applicants are notified that we have received their complete application. Please do not contact the office before this date to check on the status of your application.

December 16: All applications notified of the status of their application. Selected applicants are notified of interview date and time.

January 7-8, January 14-15: Interviews for selected applicants held at Princeton University.

January 17-25: Interviews for selected applicants held in the Midwest and on the West Coast. Precise dates and locations TBA.

January 28-29: Interviews for selected applicants held in Boston, MA.

February 4-5: Interviews for selected applicants held in Washington, DC.

March-April: PiA notifies applicants of application status. Succesful applicants will engage in dialogues with PiA Program Directors to continue and/or potentially finalize positions. If a candidate is officially offered a position on PiA, the candidate must make a commitment within 4 days to accept the position and to follow through on related commitments if accepted by the host. Asian institutions make final selections, not PiA.

April 21-23: TEFL certification course at Princeton University. All fellows in teaching positions must attend TEFL.

May 19-22: Orientation at Princeton University. All new fellows must attend orientation. Orientation lasts four days, starting Friday afternoon and ending Monday evening.

Late May – October: 2017-2018 Fellows depart for Asia. Date of departure depends upon the country and employing institution. For departure dates for specific positions, please refer to the Our Fellowships section of our website.


As a part of a PiA fellowship, PiA Fellows receive:

  1. A local salary, paid directly by the host organization.
  2. An orientation program including travel, health, visa, and packing information as well as cultural and current affairs background on our locations.
  3. Group travel medical insurance for all fellows in need of coverage and who qualify for PiA’s international travel plan, including emergency medical evacuation coverage.
  4. Language and cultural grants (awarded selectively).
  5. Assistance in student loan deferments in the form of letters issued to student loan agencies.
  6. Note: airfare and other travel expenses are generally the responsibility of the fellow. (Travel grants are awarded on a need basis.)
  • Applicants should delineate their country/countries of preference. If you are interested in a specific job or sector, you may indicate that as well. Keep in mind, however, that a certain degree of flexibility may increase your chances of placement.
  • Look through some general resources on Asia prior to making your country selections or attending your interview. You may wish to seek advice from international students as well as Asian Studies professors. If you are interested in a specific PiA post, you may also conduct your own research on the host organization. Note: Please do not contact any PiA host organization or current Fellow directly; we will put finalist applicants in direct touch with their potential host organization at the placement stage of the process. Any applicant who circumvents PiA’s selection process by contacting a PiA host organization directly will be automatically disqualified from consideration for a PiA fellowship.
  • Princeton students or applicants who live in the area may come by the PiA office to talk to the staff during the office hours posted on our website. All applicants can read reports filed by previous fellows about their positions, which are available on our website. Please email to get the login information.
  • The PiA application and selection processes are rigorous and multifaceted. All selected applicants must attend an interview session in person and travel to Princeton for TEFL and orientation. We attempt to offer interviews only to those applicants who stand a reasonable chance of being placed; however, being granted an interview does not guarantee placement. Applicants who are not prepared to commit to the process in full may want to consider other programs.
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