For Applicants


Our application for 2022-23 fellowships is closed.

Sign up here to receive updates about the 2023-24 application cycle! 



Want to learn more about each post? Log in to access our Fellow reports! Please contact us to request access.

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.

All inquiries, including requests for website login information, can be sent to

If you haven’t already, please sign up for our listserv to make sure you receive all important updates and information.


Fellowship Search

Use the search bar below to find more information about specific fellowships.


Teaching Fellowship in Yakage

2 positions in Yakage working with kindergartens and elementary schools administered by the Yakage town council. Duties include teaching in several schools in the greater Yakage area, as well as participating in the town hall education section.

Teaching Fellowship in Tokyo

1 position in Tokyo teaching at a family-owned Buddhist temple school. The Fellow lives near the grounds of the temple and teaches English to young children and their mothers.

Teaching Fellowship in Chiba

1 position in Funabashi at a group of family-owned preschool and elementary schools in Chiba prefecture. Fellow will be teaching English to young children and their mothers.

NGO - Community Development Fellowship in Tokyo

1 position in Tokyo working for a Japanese charitable organization that serves children who have lost one or more parent from around the world.

Business Fellowship in Kawasaki

1 position in rural Miyagi prefecture working on every aspect of sake production from brewing to shipping at a 140+ year old sake brewery.


Teaching Fellowship in Almaty

4 positions in Almaty at the country’s leading business and economics university. Fellows teach academic English and research skills to undergraduates in the foreign language department as well as teaching general English to community members.

NGO - Community Development Fellowship in Almaty

1 position in Almaty in the Recruiting and Admissions Office of the country’s leading business and economics university. This position is perfect for someone who is interested in higher education and learning about the inner-workings of a large educational institution.


Teaching Fellowship in Bishkek

3 positions in Bishkek with an international liberal arts university that aims to educate future leaders in Central Asia. This post offers an exciting opportunity to join a diverse and progressive residential community of students and faculty from across the region on their beautiful, modern campus.


NGO - Reproductive and Public Health Fellowship in Vientiane

3-4 positions in Vientiane with a major NGO specializing in malaria prevention, WASH, AIDS prevention and family planning.

NGO - Community Development Fellowship in Vientiane

1 position in Vientiane as a Sponsorship and Marketing Coordinator at the national governing body for rugby union in Laos.

You may login with either your assigned username or your e-mail address.
The password field is case sensitive.