Apply to Princeton in Asia


Thank you for applying for the 2019-20 Princeton in Asia Fellowships! Our application period starts on August 10, 2018. The deadline for submission of application materials is November 2, 2018.

Please download the 2019-2020 Fellowships Application Guide for application instructions, an application checklist, essay prompts, and application timeline.

Click here to access our Online Application Portal and start your application. Your online application must be completed by November 2, 2018, at 11:59 P.M. EST.

Please note that PiA requires the following materials to be submitted by 11:59pm EST on November 2, 2018, in addition to the online application form:

  • One official electronic transcript, sent to
  • One letter of recommendation, ideally from someone who has supervised you in a relevant professional or academic environment. Please send your recommender the upload link well in advance of the application deadline.


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 moneymaking venture. Working hours and vacation time vary greatly among the diverse PiA offerings. Some teaching fellowships require fewer teaching hours and provide longer vacations, allowing fellows the opportunity to pursue intensive language study or other personal projects. Workplace fellowships, however, provide less vacation time and generally require longer hours.

The basic prerequisite for placement is a bachelor’s degree. In addition:

  • English teaching positions require native English speaking ability
  • Asian language ability is not a prerequisite for most positions. 
  • All applicants should have a valid passport by January 2019. For visa purposes, your passport should be valid for 18 months from your date of arrival in Asia. 
  • Applicants selected for an interview MUST be able to attend one of our interview sessions in January.
  • All applicants who receive placement in a teaching position MUST attend the TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification course held April 26-28, 2019 at Princeton University.
  • All applicants who accept offers from Princeton in Asia MUST attend PiA’s Orientation held May 17-20, 2019 at Princeton University.


  1. Application fee: $60. We can only accept payment by check or by credit card, debit card on our Online Application Portal.
  2. Transportation and housing expenses for trips to interviews in January.
  3. Transportation expenses to Princeton, NJ in mid-April for TEFL and mid-May for orientation. Housing and most meals will be arranged for you during these weekends.
  4. Fellow contribution: $550. Paid upon acceptance of a PiA fellowship. This contribution represents only a small fraction of the total costs of arranging a fellowship. Payment is mandatory for all Fellows.
  5. Vaccination and pre-departure health expenses.
  6. Visa application fees.
  7. 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 aid 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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