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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 Ulaan Baatar

2 positions in Ulaanbaatar with a leading university for Finance and Economics.

Business Fellowship in Ulaanbaatar

1 position in Ulaanbaatar in the retail department of one of Mongolia’s leading financial institutions.


NGO - Community Development Fellowship in Yangon

2 positions in Yangon with a non-profit lab that creates money-making products and trainings for rural farmers at a price which they can afford.

NGO - Reproductive and Public Health Fellowship in Yangon

1 position in Yangon with a major NGO specializing in malaria-elimination, AIDS prevention and family planning. Fellow will support both the local Myanmar team and operations, as well as support the Southeast Asia regional division’s work on a new malaria-elimination grant.

NGO - Democracy-Building and Post-Conflict Reconciliation Fellowship in Naypyidaw

1 position in Naypyidaw with an international non-profit organization working to strengthen and expand democracy.

NGO - Environmental Fellowship in Yangon

1 position in Yangon working in the communications department for one of the world's largest conservation organizations.

NGO - Democracy-Building and Post-Conflict Reconciliation Fellowship in Yangon

1 position in Yangon at an international nonprofit organization working to strengthen and expand democracy throughout the world.


Teaching Fellowship in Singapore

2-4 positions in Singapore at a leading polytechnic institution. Fellows teach according to their area of expertise, depending on the needs of the polytechnic.

Business Fellowship in Singapore

1 position in Singapore at an independent economic think tank that applies market-based principles and financial innovations to social issues, with a focus on regional economics, demographics (aging), and healthcare.

South Korea

Media Fellowship in Seoul

1 position in Seoul with a top English-language newspaper. Duties include fact checking, copy editing, and some writing assignments, though the main responsibilities will revolve around copy editing.

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