Application Process

Application Timeline for the 2021-2022 Fellowship Cycle

November 9, 2020: Deadline for submission of application materials. You must submit your online application and application fee by this date. Your online application form and all application materials must be submitted by 3:00 PM EST.

December 4: Applicants receive confirmation of completed application status. Please do not contact the PiA office before this date to check on the status of your application.

December 18: Selected applicants are notified of interview date and time. 

January-February: Interviews for selected applicants held via video call.

March-May: Finalization of positions. Upon receipt of an official fellowship offer, candidates must make a commitment within 4 calendar days to accept the position and to follow through on related commitments if accepted by the host. PiA host organizations make final selections, not PiA. 

April-May: Virtual Orientation. Attendance at Orientation is mandatory for all accepted Fellows. Details of PiA Orientation are still being solidified. Applicants will receive Orientation information as it becomes available.

May-September: As border restrictions and other factors allow, new Fellows depart for Asia. Remote Fellows begin work for their host organizations from their countries of residence. Start dates depend upon the country and host organization. Historical start dates for specific positions are available in the Our Fellowships section of our website. However, we anticipate timelines may change due to COVID-19. We will have more information on specific start dates at the interview stage.

General Information and Advice

As recipients of PiA fellowships, PiA Fellows receive:

  1. An employment opportunity at a host organization in Asia. Please note that PiA Fellows are employees of their host organizations, and not of PiA.
  2. A local stipend paid directly by the host organization.
  3. An orientation program including travel, health, visa, and packing information as well as cultural and current affairs background on fellowship locations.
  4. Travel medical and emergency evacuation insurance for all Fellows in need of coverage and who qualify for PiA’s international travel plan.
  5. Language grants (awarded selectively).
  6. Assistance in student loan deferments in the form of letters issued to student loan agencies.
  7. Note: airfare and other travel expenses are generally the responsibility of the Fellow. Financial assistance is awarded on a need basis through travel grants. A limited number of PiA host organizations provide reimbursement for airfare.

Please note that, due to ongoing, unpredictable, and long-lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, some fellowship positions may not be available. Because of this, our application asks for your countries and issues of interest, but will not ask for specific position preferences. 

It is a good idea to do some research on your countries of interest prior to submitting an application. We strongly encourage applicants to read past Fellows’ reports on our website, noting that positions may look different now than they did in the past, as well as seek advice from fellowships advisors, professors, international students, or friends in your network. Unfortunately, PiA is not able to connect applicants with former Fellows during the application process. 

Please do not contact any PiA host organizations 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. 

All applicants are invited to attend one of our online Information Sessions throughout the fall. Princeton University students may sign up for a group session or a 1:1 session at the HireTigers virtual career fair on September 10th.

All applicants are invited to read the Fellow reports written by previous Fellows about their posts, which are available in the “For Applicants” section of our website. Fellow reports are comprehensive, written reflections from Fellows in the field that cover various aspects of the fellowship experience. Please email to obtain the login information to access the Fellow reports. 

PiA’s application, selection, and placement processes are rigorous and multifaceted. In normal circumstances, our placement process requires patience and flexibility on the part of all involved, and due to the extraordinary circumstances brought on by COVID-19 and the resulting uncertainties, we know this will require even more patience, flexibility and adaptability. 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.

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