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The application for 2021-22 PiA Fellowships is now closed. Please stay tuned for our 2022-23 application in fall 2021!

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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 students in 1898, the program has long been driven by a mission to foster mutual appreciation and cultural understanding by connecting service-minded graduates and partner organizations in Asia through immersive work experiences that transform perspectives, cultivate long-lasting friendships and benefit local and global communities. It is PiA’s vision that through extended exposure to Asian workplaces and cultures, Fellows will develop a life-long appreciation for and engagement in this part of the world, as well as a commitment to contributing to the communities of which they find themselves a part after PiA. We like to think of PiA as “a change in perspective, a job that matters, a community for life.”

Changes due to COVID-19 pandemic

For the 2021-2022 fellowship cycle, PiA will be making significant changes in response to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the road ahead is still unclear, we plan to offer a number of fellowships in 2021-22. We anticipate that some of these fellowships will be remote, some will be in-person, and some will be hybrid remote and in-person. We are working to develop the roster of available fellowships and fellowship countries, which will depend on a variety of factors, including the status of COVID-19 in-country. We will share this information with you as soon as it is available. 

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 COVID-19 pandemic, including conditions in host countries, immigration restrictions, and quarantine requirements, there is high uncertainty as to the number of countries we will be offering fellowships in next year. We anticipate that the program will be smaller in size and scope, and we are working diligently with our host organizations to adapt to these changing and difficult circumstances.


Princeton in Asia Fellows teach in kindergartens, secondary schools, polytechnics and universities; they work with international and local nonprofits as well as some of Asia’s most innovative businesses and social enterprises; they write for newspapers and create content for news platforms with an international reach. Considering the number and diversity of the positions available, we encourage applicants of all disciplines and backgrounds to apply.


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NGO - Community Development Fellowship in Phnom Penh

1 position in Phnom Penh working as a program manager at a leading social enterprise that provides job skills and trains employees from underserved populations to produce IT projects for international clients.

Teaching Fellowship in Phnom Penh

1-2 positions outside Phnom Penh teaching at a cutting edge non-profit K-12 school serving high-potential, economically disadvantaged students through an academic program based on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math).

NGO - Reproductive and Public Health Fellowship in Phnom Penh

1 position in Phnom Penh with a major NGO specializing in malaria-elimination, AIDS prevention and family planning.


NGO - Environmental Fellowship in Beijing

4 positions in Beijing working on legal reform, sustainable urbanization, and energy issues with a leading US-based environmental NGO.

Teaching Fellowship in Beijing

4 positions in Beijing at a university specializing in international affairs. Located in China’s political hub, this post is perfect for someone looking to develop their understanding of China’s policies.

Teaching Fellowship in Jishou

2 positions in Jishou at a teachers college in a beautiful area in western Hunan Province.

Teaching Fellowship in Wuhan

2 positions in Wuhan at a science and technology university in the provincial capital of Hubei.

Teaching Fellowship in Shenyang

2 positions in Shenyang at a large regional university.

Teaching Fellowship in Dalian

2 positions in Dalian at a major science university. With its clean environment and small foreign community, Dalian is probably one of the most livable cities in China.

Teaching Fellowship in Songjiang

2 positions in Songjiang as an international teaching assistant at a bilingual boarding school near Shanghai, China.

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