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Princeton in Asia (PiA) is an independent non-profit organization affiliated with and located on-campus at Princeton University. Founded by Princeton students in 1898, the program is driven to foster mutual appreciation and cross-cultural understanding between the United States and Asia through immersive work fellowships in host organizations and communities. It is PiA’s vision that through extended engagement with Asian cultures and workplaces, Fellows will develop a life-long appreciation for this part of the world, as well as a commitment to contributing to the communities in which they live after PiA. We like to think of PiA as a change in perspective, a job that matters, a community for life.

In the 2019-20 cycle, PiA offered 140 full-year fellowships in the following locations: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong S.A.R., Macau S.A.R., Taiwan, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including conditions in host countries, immigration restrictions, and quarantine requirements, there is much uncertainty as to the number of countries and regions in which we will be offering fellowships next year. The program will be significantly smaller in size and scope than in previous years as we start sending Fellows overseas again. We are working carefully with our host organizations in addition to international health and safety providers to adapt to these changing circumstances.

PiA applicants are generally college seniors or recent college graduates. The emphasis of a PiA fellowship is cultural immersion and contributing to your community. We are looking for Fellows who are flexible, open, and resilient, and who seek a transformative experience, want to contribute to their host organization, and want to facilitate cultural exchange through relationship building. Though a local living stipend will be provided by the host organization, 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.



Transformation. Our Fellows are open to being transformed by their work and their relationships with the people with whom they interact abroad.

Immersion. Our Fellows strive to be citizens of the communities in which they live and work, becoming fully immersed in the life of their host organization and communities.

Relationship building. Our Fellows build meaningful and long-lasting relationships with their peers, community members, and each other.

Humility. Our Fellows dedicate themselves to professional service in the organizations where they work and the communities where they live, and approach their daily interactions with respect and understanding.

Mutuality and interdependence. Our Fellows are both learning from the communities in which they work and teaching people in those communities about what life is like in the United States, fostering cross-cultural understanding and mutual understanding and respect.

Contributing to the community. Our Fellows endeavor to contribute to their host communities and broader global community by making a lasting difference.

More information about specific 2019-20 fellowships is available below. Applicants may also view past Fellow reports with more detailed information about specific fellowships.

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Business Fellowship in Xizhou

2 positions in Xizhou working with a boutique hotel in rural Yunnan Province that aims to connect tourists with the local community

Teaching Fellowship in Taichung, Taiwan

2 positions in Taichung teaching at one of the oldest established universities in Taiwan. Taichung is located in the well-developed west coast of Taiwan, and offers a plethora of night markets and cafes to explore.

NGO - Environmental Fellowship in Beijing

1 position in Beijing​ working for an NGO that designs and implements better transport and infrastructure solutions for China’s megacities.

Teaching Fellowship in Dunhuang

1 position in Dunhuang, China working at a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Hong Kong S.A.R., China

Teaching Fellowship in Hong Kong

3 positions in the heart of Hong Kong at a small family-run university.

Teaching Fellowship in Hong Kong

3 positions in the New Territories of Hong Kong at an education university. The university is located about 1.5 hours outside of Central HK, with beautiful sea views and located next to some of the best hiking trails in Hong Kong.


Teaching Fellowship in Jaipur

4 positions in Jaipur with a small education foundation that offers afterschool English language instruction and health education to young, underprivileged children in Amer village (approximately 45 mins outside of Jaipur by car).

NGO - Community Development Fellowship in Bangalore

1 position in Bangalore with a charitable trust empowering children and young people from vulnerable backgrounds to overcome adversity and flourish using a creative life skills approach.

Business Fellowship in Mumbai

1-2 positions in Mumbai with an independent, economic development-focused think/do tank to investigate and facilitate India’s transition from a low-income, state-led country to a prosperous market-based economy.


Teaching Fellowship in Kurashiki

1 position in Kurashiki at a private Catholic girls’ junior high/high school in a regional city with easy access to Osaka.

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