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

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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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Teaching Fellowship in Khon Kaen

3 positions in Khon Kaen at a national university set in Isaan Province, one teaching in the English program, one teaching English to public health and science majors and professionals, and one teaching in the Business English program.

Teaching Fellowship in Nan

4 positions in Nan at an elementary school. Located in the rural North, close to the Lao border, Nan is one of the few cities in Thailand to retain a great deal of old-style charm.

Teaching Fellowship in Phang Nga

4 positions in Phang Nga Province teaching English, Science, and math courses at two Thai high schools in beautiful Phang Nga city.

Teaching Fellowship in Bangsak

2 positions in Bangsak teaching at a Thai boarding school in the tsunami-devastated region of Khao Lak. The students are ages 5-18, and there is plenty of room for creativity and flexibility in planning curriculum as well as special activities for the school.

NGO - Community Development Fellowship in Bangkok

1 position in Bangkok with a small NGO providing experiential education to youth in Thailand and Southeast Asia, and addressing issues of leadership and global citizenship.

Business Fellowship in Bangkok

1 position in Bangkok at an international consulting firm specializing in political risk analysis, public policy, and government relations in Southeast Asia.

NGO - Community Development Fellowship in Bangkok

1 position in Bangkok with a medium-sized Thai-based international development and capacity building organization whose mission is to inspire students, developed skilled people, and grow strong leaders across the fields of education, public health, and economic and business development.


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

1 position in Dili with an NGO that works to improve civilian oversight of East Timor's military, police force, and government. The NGO also creates policy recommendations for security sector reform.


NGO - Reproductive and Public Health Fellowship in Ho Chi Minh City

2-3 positions in Ho Chi Minh City with a regional NGO that works collaboratively with local governments and communities to prevent road traffic fatalities and injuries across the developing world.

Media Fellowship in Hanoi

1 position in Hanoi with a local English-language newspaper. Duties mainly include copy editing, with the possibility of small writing assignments. Candidates must have journalism experience, and experience in copy editing is preferred.

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