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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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Teaching Fellowship in Vientiane

1 position in Vientiane at the premier institute for English language instruction in the country. Duties may include teaching English courses for a wide array of age groups, though candidates with an interest in teaching elementary age students will find this post particularly fulfilling.

NGO - Community Development Fellowship in Khoun

1 position in Khoun (Xieng Khouang Province) with a leading Australian child rights NGO based in the organization’s field office focusing on building English language and computer literacy of staff and key community partners and beneficiaries.

Business Fellowship in Vientiane

1-2 positions in Vientiane working as a software developer at a leading social enterprise that provides job skills and trains employees from underserved populations to produce IT projects for international clients.

NGO - Community Development Fellowship in Vientiane

1 position in Vientiane with a major international development organization working to address the needs of unexploded ordnance (UXO) accident survivors and their families and coordinating UXO education and awareness programming.

Media Fellowship in Luang Prabang

2 positions in Luang Prabang with a leading Southeast Asian film festival, which is known for building relationships between the region’s industries and filmmakers and which has played a significant role in growing the film industry in Laos.

NGO - Community Development Fellowship in Xamneua

1 position in Xamneua (Houaphanh Province) working at a leading Australian child rights NGO based in the organization’s field office focused on building English language and computer literacy of staff and key community partners and beneficiaries.

Macao S.A.R., China

Teaching Fellowship in Macau

2 positions in Macau working at a major university. Macau offers more than just casinos - there are seaside villages, old Portuguese-style streets, and a cute cafe scene.


Teaching Fellowship in Penang

2 positions in Penang at a national science university. The English department is comprised of a very diverse staff and a welcoming environment.


Business Fellowship in Ulaanbaatar

1 position in Ulaanbaatar working for the leading investment bank in Mongolia that encourages investment in Mongolian-owned companies.

Business Fellowship in Ulaanbaatar

1 position in Ulaanbaatar as an analyst in the eco-banking department of a leading financial institution in Mongolia.

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