Application Process

Application Timeline for the 2019-2020 Fellowship Cycle

November 2: 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 11:59pm EST.

November 30: 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 15: Selected applicants are notified of interview date and time. 

January 5-6, 12-13: Interviews for selected applicants held in Princeton, NJ.  

January 15-18: Interviews for selected applicants held throughout the West Coast.

January 19-20: Interviews for selected applicants held in Evanston, IL.

January 26-27: Interviews for selected applicants held in Boston, MA and Washington, D.C.

Mid-March: PiA notifies applicants of first-round selection results.

March-April: Finalization of positions. Upon receipt of an official fellowship offer, candidates must make a commitment within 5 calendar days to accept the position and to follow through on related commitments if accepted by the host. PiA partner organizations make final selections, not PiA. Teaching Fellows begin distance learning portion of TEFL training.

April 26-28: TEFL certification course at Princeton University. TEFL training starts on Friday evening and ends on Sunday evening. All Fellows in teaching positions must attend TEFL.

May 17-20: Orientation at Princeton University. Attendance at orientation is mandatory for all accepted Fellows. Orientation lasts four days, starting Friday afternoon and ending Monday evening. 

Late May-September: New Fellows leave for Asia. Date of departure depends upon the country and employing PiA partner organization. For departure dates for specific positions, please refer to the Our Fellowships section of our website.


As part of a PiA fellowship, PiA Fellows receive:

  1. A local stipend, paid directly by the host organization.
  2. An orientation program including travel, health, visa, and packing information as well as cultural and current affairs background on fellowship locations.
  3. Travel medical and emergency evacuation insurance for all Fellows in need of coverage and who qualify for PiA’s international travel plan.
  4. Language grants (awarded selectively).
  5. Assistance in student loan deferments in the form of letters issued to student loan agencies.
  6. Note: airfare and other travel expenses are generally the responsibility of the Fellow. Travel grants are awarded on a need basis. Some PiA partner organizations provide reimbursement for airfare at the completion of the fellowship.

Applicants will designate their country/countries of preference on the online application. If you are interested in a specific issue or sector, you will be given an opportunity to indicate that as well. Keep in mind, however, that maintaining a degree of flexibility increases your chances of placement.

Look through some general resources on your countries of interest prior to making your country selections and attending your interview. We strongly encourage applicants to read past Fellows’ reports on our website, as well as seek advice from fellowships advisors, professors, international students, or friends in your network. Please do not contact any PiA Fellows or 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 or applicants who live in the Princeton area may attend an in-person information session on October 3 (details posted on our website) or come by the PiA office during posted office hours to talk to the staff. Additional information sessions, hosted by PiA alumni, will be held at colleges and universities around the U.S. in September and October (details posted on our website). All applicants should read Fellow reports filed by previous Fellows about their positions, which are available on our website in the “For Applicants” section. Please email to obtain the login information to access the Fellow reports. This is one of the best ways to learn about our posts and what it is like to be a PiA Fellow in each post.

The PiA application and selection processes are rigorous and multifaceted. Applicant selected for an interview must attend a PiA interview session in January. We strongly recommend that applicants attend an in-person interview session, however those who are based outside of the continental U.S. or who are not able to make an in-person session may be eligible for Skype interviews. 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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