Partnering with PiA

How do PiA partnerships work?

In each PiA partnership, there are three stakeholders: Princeton in Asia, the host organization in Asia, and the PiA Fellow. Each of the three stakeholders is responsible for fulfilling their duties to ensure that the PiA fellowship is a meaningful and positive experience for everyone involved.

PiA is expected to:

  • Recruit and evaluate candidates to fit the host organization's criteria and needs.
  • Conduct a rigorous selection process, including reviewing applications, conducting interviews and reviewing letters of recommendation from references.
  • Nominate candidate(s) who fit the host organization's needs and collaborate with the host organization to select a Fellow or Fellows.
  • Provide Fellows with pre-departure training and orientation, including Teaching English as a Foreign Language training and certification for teaching positions.
  • Provide a best-in-class emergency assistance provider and comprehensive travel medical and emergency evacuation insurance.
  • Cover visa application costs paid by Fellows before departure to their posts.
  • Connect Fellows to PiA's network of Country Advisors.
  • Connect Fellows to the extensive PiA alumni network.
  • Conduct site visits to host organizations as possible.
  • Provide professional development opportunities for Fellows.

The host organization is expected to:

  • Provide meaningful work in a local (non-expatriate) work environment.
  • Provide a safe and harassment-free working environment for the Fellow.
  • Offer mentorship and professional development for each Fellow throughout their fellowship.
  • Maintain a reasonable work-life balance for Fellows so they have time to engage with their host community. When possible, help Fellows engage with the community.
  • Determine and fund the local costs associated with the appropriate visa/working papers for the Fellow.
  • Supply the Fellow with a monthly stipend to cover safe housing, clean food and water, telecommunications, local transportation and local travel, and other living costs.
  • Provide additional benefits such as compensation for airfare, language training, housing, vacation days, and stipend for telecommunications. These benefits are encouraged but not required.
  • Remain in communication with appropriate PiA staff members to establish a yearly memorandum of understanding (MOU), to share Fellow job descriptions for upcoming fellowship cycles, to coordinate on Fellow selection processes, to report any Fellow issues as they arise, and to report intermittently on each Fellow's performance.

The PiA Fellow is expected to:

  • Sign an employment contract with the host organization and follow all employee policies.
  • Purchase airfare to and from their host country (travel grants are available from PiA as necessary).
  • Make a one-year or a two-year commitment, depending on the host organization's arrangements with PiA.
  • Arrange for proper immunizations and medical clearances.
  • Conduct themselves based on the PiA Code of Conduct.
  • Uphold the Fellow Values and PiA mission both inside and outside the workplace throughout their fellowships.
  • Integrate into their work environment and host community.
  • Stay in communication and engagement with PiA staff through planned programming as well as regular check-ins and written reports.
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