For Applicants

Princeton in Asia (PiA) is an independent, non-profit organization affiliated with and located on campus at Princeton University. Founded by students in 1898, the program has long been driven by a mission to foster mutual appreciation and cultural understanding by connecting service-minded graduates and partner organizations in Asia through immersive work experiences that transform perspectives, cultivate long-lasting friendships and benefit local and global communities. It is PiA’s vision that through extended exposure to Asian workplaces and cultures, Fellows will develop a life-long appreciation for and engagement in this part of the world, as well as a commitment to contributing to the communities of which they find themselves a part after PiA. We like to think of PiA as “a change in perspective, a job that matters, a community for life.”

For the 2019-2020 academic year, PiA expects to offer approximately 140 full-year fellowships in the following locations: Cambodia, mainland China, Hong Kong S.A.R., Macau S.A.R., Taiwan, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, The Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.

Princeton in Asia Fellows teach in kindergartens, secondary schools, polytechnics and universities; they work with international and local nonprofits as well as some of Asia’s most innovative businesses and social enterprises; they write for newspapers and create content for news platforms with an international reach. Due to the size and diversity of the positions available, we encourage applicants of all disciplines and backgrounds to apply.

More information about specific countries and fellowships is available below. Applicants may also view past Fellow reports with more detailed information about specific fellowships (please contact for this log-in information). 

Before you begin your PiA application, please download the 2019-20 Application Guide and visit the Apply to PiA page. If you have questions, please see our FAQ section

The deadline to apply is November 2nd, 2018. Click here to start your application!

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South Korea

Media Fellowship in Seoul

1 position in Seoul with a top English-language newspaper. Duties include fact checking, copy editing, and some writing assignments, though the main responsibilities will revolve around copy editing.

Sri Lanka

NGO - Environmental Fellowship in Colombo

1 position in Colombo working at a water and ecosystems focused research institution. This position will be in a science uptake function, with the purposes of promoting the organization’s research and policy solutions.

NGO - Environmental Fellowship in Colombo

2 positions in Colombo with a large NGO engaged in improving life through management of water resources.

Media Fellowship in Colombo

2 positions in Colombo with Sri Lanka’s largest newspaper publisher, which produces dozens of English, Sinhala and Tamil publications.


NGO - Environmental Fellowship in Bangkok

1 position working for an international not-for-profit environmental organization that supports community forestry and natural resource management.

Business Fellowship in Chiang Mai

1 position in Chiang Mai with a rock climbing, experiential education and team-building company founded by a PiA alumnus and his wife.

Teaching Fellowship in Chiang Mai

2 positions in Chiang Mai at a prestigious national university with a relaxed atmosphere. Fellows use a set syllabus but are able to develop their own lesson plans.

Teaching Fellowship in Chiang Mai

2-3 positions in Chiang Mai at a private university teaching in the English department. The administration is supportive, and the English office has a familial feel to it.

Teaching Fellowship in Chiang Mai

1 position in Chiang Mai at an elite private school that serves grades kindergarten through 12th grade.

Teaching Fellowship in Chiang Rai

3 positions in Chiang Rai at a government-funded university where all courses are taught entirely in English with a very structured curriculum.

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