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Our application for 2022-23 fellowships is now open! Apply today!

Please download and review the Application Guide before you start your application.

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The deadline for all application materials is November 1st, 2021 at 3PM EDT.

Please note that there is no fee to apply for a Princeton in Asia fellowship.

We are holding virtual information sessions for prospective applicants throughout the fall.

Want to learn what you can gain from a PiA fellowship and what we’re looking for in our applicants? Sign up for an information session on one of the following dates:

Info Session #1: Thursday, September 9th at 1 pm Eastern Time
Info Session #2: Wednesday, September 15th at 9 am Eastern Time
Info Session #3: Thursday, September 23rd at 1 pm Eastern Time
Info Session #4: Friday, October 8th at 3 pm Eastern Time

We are holding two virtual alumni panels for prospective applicants.

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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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South Korea

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

2 positions in Seoul at an international nonprofit organization working to strengthen and expand democracy throughout the world.

Sri Lanka

NGO - Environmental Fellowship in Colombo

2 positions in Colombo working at a water and ecosystems focused research institution. One position will be in a research uptake function, with the purposes of promoting the organization’s research and policy solutions. The second position coordinator for the Sustainable Intensification of Agriculture (SAI) Commission.

NGO - Environmental Fellowship in Colombo

1-2 positions in Colombo with a large NGO engaged in improving life through management of water resources.

NGO - Environmental Fellowship in Colombo

1 position in Colombo with a research program focusing on water, land and ecosystems.


NGO - Environmental Fellowship in Bangkok

2 position working for an international not-for-profit environmental organization that supports community forestry and natural resource management.

Business Fellowship in Chiang Mai

1-2 positions in Chiang Mai with a rock climbing, experiential education and team-building company founded by a PiA alumnus and his wife.

Teaching Fellowship in Chiang Mai

2 positions in Chiang Mai at a prestigious national university with a relaxed atmosphere. Fellows use a set syllabus but are able to develop their own lesson plans.

Teaching Fellowship in Chiang Mai

2-3 positions in Chiang Mai at a private university teaching in the English department. The administration is supportive, and the English office has a familial feel to it.

Teaching Fellowship in Chiang Mai

1 position in Chiang Mai at an elite private school that serves grades kindergarten through 12th grade.

Teaching Fellowship in Chiang Rai

3 positions in Chiang Rai at a government-funded university where all courses are taught entirely in English with a very structured curriculum.

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