Application Process

CALENDAR for the 2014-2015 Fellowship Cycle

November 16: Deadline for submission of application materials. You must submit your application BOTH via the online form AS WELL AS the hard copy downloadable here. A printed version of the online form may NOT be substituted for the hard-copy application. The online application must be submitted by 5pm EST on Nov. 16; hard-copy materials must be postmarked by Nov. 16 and mailed to the PiA office (194 Nassau St., Suite 212, Princeton, NJ 08542). Those on Princeton’s campus may drop off hard-copy application materials to the PiA office in lieu of mailing (by 5pm on Nov. 16). If possible, please plan ahead and include all hard-copy materials together in a single submission. Materials sent by email will not be accepted.

December 2: 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 27: Selected applicants are notified of interview date and time.

January 11-12, 18-19 & 25-26: Interviews for selected applicants held at Princeton University.

Late January and early February: Interviews for selected applicants held in New England, the Midwest, and on the West Coast. Precise date(s) and location(s) TBA.

Mid-March: PiA notifies applicants of first-round selection results. Upon notification, candidates 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.

March – April: Finalization of positions.

April 25-27: TEFL certification course at Princeton University. All fellows in teaching positions must attend TEFL.

May 16-19: Orientation at Princeton University. All new fellows must attend orientation. Orientation lasts four days, starting Friday afternoon and ending Monday evening.

Late May – October: New fellows leave 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 main website.


In addition to a local salary, PiA provides:

  1. An orientation program including travel, health, visa, and packing information as well as cultural and current affairs background on our locations.
  2. Group medical insurance for all fellows in need of coverage and who qualify for PiA’s international travel plan, including emergency medical evacuation coverage.
  3. Language and cultural grants (awarded selectively).
  4. Assistance in student loan deferments in the form of letters issued to student loan agencies.
  5. 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.
  • Princeton students or applicants who live in the area may come by the PiA office and look through reports filed by previous fellows about their positions. Those who are applying from off-campus should contact the office so we can provide you with login information to access the reports on our website.
  • 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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