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Please note that there is NO fee to apply for a Princeton in Asia fellowship.

Full-year Fellowship Prerequisites

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

The primary 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 May 2022. 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 interviews will be asked to complete two interviews⁠—one with a PiA alum and one with a staff member⁠—in January or February via Zoom.

  • All applicants who receive placement in a teaching position will be asked to complete our TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification course. This TEFL training will include completion of an online course in addition to virtual sessions with our TEFL instructors on topics such as culturally responsive pedagogy. You are not required to have any level of TEFL training or experience before applying to PiA.

  • All applicants who accept offers from PiA must complete a virtual Orientation program. More information on Orientation, including timing, will be provided when it becomes available.


  1. Fellow contribution to travel medical and emergency evacuation insurance: $550. 

    • Paid via credit/debit card or check upon acceptance of a PiA fellowship.

    • This contribution represents a fraction of the total cost of an insurance premium for the duration of a fellowship.

    • Some full or partial contribution waivers are available upon request.

  2. Vaccination and pre-departure health expenses.

  3. Visa application fees and transportation fees to the nearest embassy for most positions.

  4. Round-trip transportation to Asia for most positions.

Please note that there is no cost to submit a PiA fellowship application.

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 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.

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