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APPLICATION

The application for 2020-2021 Princeton in Asia fellowships is now open. The application can be accessed here. The application will close at 12:00 P.M. EDT on Thursday, October 31, 2019. 

Before you begin your PiA application, please download the 2020-21 Application Guide. If you have questions, please see our FAQ section

SUMMER INTERNSHIPS: The application for 2020 PiA summer internships is now open and can be accessed here. The first-round application deadline is November 25, 2019 at 11:59 PM. For more information, please consult the Summer Internships page of our website. Please note that PiA summer internships are only available to Princeton University undergraduate students.

FULL-YEAR FELLOWSHIP PREREQUISITES 

PiA applicants are generally college seniors or recent graduates. Please remember that this is a fellowship program, and that the emphasis of a PiA fellowship is contributing to your community and cultural immersion. Though a local stipend will be provided, a position with PiA is generally not a moneymaking venture. Working hours and vacation time vary greatly among the diverse PiA offerings. Some teaching fellowships require fewer teaching hours and provide longer vacations, allowing fellows the opportunity to pursue intensive language study or other personal projects. Workplace fellowships, however, provide less vacation time and generally require longer hours.

The basic prerequisite for placement is a bachelor’s degree. In addition:

  • All positions require professional proficiency in English, and English teaching positions require native English speaking ability. Host countries' visa restrictions may limit our ability to place citizens of certain nationalities.
  • Asian language ability is not a prerequisite for most positions. Non-teaching positions typically require some language skills or specific academic or work experience. For requirements for specific positions, please refer to the "Our Fellowships" section of our website.
  • All applicants should have a valid passport by January 2020. For visa purposes, your passport should be valid for 18 months from your date of arrival in Asia. If you do not have a passport or your passport will expire soon, we encourage you to apply for or renew your passport now.
  • Applicants selected for an interview MUST be able to attend one of our interview sessions in January. Interviews will be held at Princeton University as well as in select cities in the U.S. Applicants who are based outside the continental U.S. or are unable to attend the in-person interviews are eligible to be interviewed via Skype.
  • All applicants who receive placement in a teaching position MUST attend the TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification course held April 24-26, 2020 at Princeton University. While attendance at TEFL is mandatory for all Fellows in teaching positions, you are not required to have any level of TEFL training/experience prior to applying to PiA.
  • All applicants who accept offers from Princeton in Asia MUST attend PiA’s Orientation held May 15-18, 2020 at Princeton University.

COSTS

  1. Application fee: $60. We can accept payment by credit/debit card via PayPal or by check. 
  2. Transportation and housing expenses for trips to interviews in January.
  3. Transportation expenses to Princeton, NJ in mid-April for TEFL and mid-May for orientation. Housing and most meals will be arranged for you during these weekends.
  4. Fellow contribution: $550. Paid via credit/debit card or check upon acceptance of a PiA fellowship. This contribution represents only a small fraction of the total costs of arranging a fellowship. Payment is mandatory for all Fellows.
  5. Vaccination and pre-departure health expenses.
  6. Visa application fees and transportation fees to the nearest embassy for most positions.
  7. Round-trip transportation to Asia for most positions.

PiA is dedicated to offering these experiences to as diverse and talented an applicant pool as possible. Though PiA has limited resources, financial assistance in the form of application fee waivers, Fellow contribution waivers, and travel grants is offered on a case-by-case basis. We will work with each applicant to ensure that financial considerations do not preclude anyone from applying for or participating in these opportunities. However, please note that PiA is unable to provide travel grants for transportation to TEFL and Orientation for those traveling from outside of the United States.

To request an application fee waiver, please contact piaapps@princeton.edu.

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