Apply to Princeton in Asia

The application for 2021-22 PiA Fellowships is now open! Submit your application here.

Full-year Fellowship Prerequisites

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 stipend will be provided, a position with PiA is generally not a money-making venture. Working hours and vacation time vary greatly among the diverse PiA offerings. Some teaching fellowships require fewer teaching hours and provide longer vacations, offering Fellows the opportunity to pursue intensive language study or other community service. Workplace fellowships, however, provide less vacation time and generally require longer hours.

The basic 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 January 2021. 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. Please note that as of September 3, 2020, the United States has suspended expedited passport processing, and notes that applicants should expect delays in routine processing due to COVID-19.
  • Applicants selected for an interview will be asked to complete an interview in January or Feburary via online video call.
  • All applicants who receive placement in a teaching position will be asked to complete our TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification course. Historically, PiA’s TEFL training took place over one weekend on Princeton University’s campus. However, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are developing virtual TEFL training options. More information will be provided when it is available. You are not required to have any level of TEFL training/experience prior to applying to PiA. 
  • All applicants who accept offers from Princeton in Asia must complete PiA’s Orientation. In the past, PiA Orientation took place over one long weekend on Princeton University’s campus. In response to the COVID-19 situation, PiA is developing virtual Orientation alternatives. More information on the Orientation program, including timing, will be provided when it becomes available. 


  1. Application fee: $30. We can accept payment by credit/debit card via PayPal. Application fee waivers are available upon request. Contact to request a waiver.
  2. 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.
  3. Vaccination and pre-departure health expenses.
  4. Visa application fees and transportation fees to the nearest embassy for most positions.
  5. 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 assistance in the form of application fee waivers, 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.

To request an application fee waiver, please contact

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