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Important note for applicants: we will be extending our deadline for the 2017-2018 fellowship cycle until Monday, November 14th at 5pm. We recognize that Friday is Veterans Day, a Federal Holiday celebrated by many, including the US Postal Service. We also recognize that with such a historic election, many of you may be distracted and struggling to find the time or energy you would like to put into your finalized applications. Given these circumstances, we are also adjusting the postmarking deadline for your transcripts and recommendations to the 14th as well. We hope even with short notice, this will allow you to submit your best, most thoughtful, and representative applications.

Thank you for applying for the 2017-18 Princeton in Asia Fellowships! Our application period starts on September 1, 2016. The deadline for submission of application materials is Monday, November 14th, 2016. 

Please download the 2017-18 Application Guide for application instructions, an application checklist, essay prompts, and application timeline.

Click here to access our Online Application Portal and start your application. Your online application must be completed by November 14th, 2016, at 5 P.M. EST.

Please note that PiA requires the following hard-copy materials to be mailed to our office (194 Nassau St. Suite 212 Princeton, NJ 08542) by November 14, 2016:

  • One official transcript
  • One letter of reference, ideally from someone who has supervised you in a relevant professional or academic environment.


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 salary 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 language study or other personal projects. Teaching fellowships in Malaysia, Singapore, and Japan, as well as the workplace fellowships, however, provide less vacation time and generally require longer hours.

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

  • English teaching positions require native English speaking ability. 
  • Asian language ability is not a prerequisite for most positions. Non-teaching positions typically require some language skills or specific academic or work experience.
  • All applicants MUST be able to attend one of our interview sessions in January and early February. Interview will be located at Princeton University as well as in select cities on the East Coast, Midwest, and West Coast.
  • All applicants who receive placement in a teaching position MUST attend the 20-hour TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification course held April 21-23 2017 at Princeton University. Attendance at TEFL is mandatory for all Fellows who receive teaching positions on PiA. 
  • All applicants who receive placement MUST attend PiA orientation held May 19-22 2017 at Princeton University.


  1. Application fee: $60. We can only accept payment by check or credit card (via our website).
  2. Transportation and housing expenses for trips to interviews in January or February.
  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: $500. Paid 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 accepted fellows.
  5. Vaccination and pre-departure health expenses.
  6. Visa application fees.
  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 aid 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 service opportunities.

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