Princeton in Africa

National deadline:  November 6, 2013, 11:59 EST - receipt of all application materials

Eligibility requirements: 
•    Graduating seniors, young alumni
•    U.S. citizens and international students

Award summary and conditions: 
Princeton in Africa (PiAf) is a nonprofit organization that offers yearlong fellowship opportunities with a variety of organizations working across the African continent. PiAf Fellows work in service-oriented positions in many different fields, including humanitarian aid, public health, conservation, education and social enterprise. Since its launch in 1999, PiAf has placed more than 300 Fellows in 34 countries around the continent. Graduating seniors and young alumni from any nonprofit U.S. college or university are eligible to apply. Princeton in Africa develops young leaders committed to Africa’s advancement. Depending on the organizations where they are placed, Fellows will begin work between June and September 2014 and will complete their fellowships between June and September 2015.  The Princeton in Africa experience is an investment on the part of each fellow, each partner organization, and PiAf. Fellows should expect to cover:

  • Round-trip air travel to/from their post.
  • Pre-departure medical expenses. (e.g. immunizations, malaria prevention medications, personal medications)
  • Transportation to PiAf's mandatory orientation
  • Sundries and recreational travel.

Note: PiAf is committed to ensuring that all applicants are able to participate in the fellowship program without regard to need. Students with demonstrated financial need should speak directly with PiAf. We will work with applicants to ensure that financial considerations do not prevent any applicant selected for a fellowship from participating.

PiAf and partner organization cover:
•    On-the-ground expenses including housing and living stipend.
•    Group health, medical and political evacuation insurance.
•    Pre-departure orientation for all Fellows, and PiAf program support and operating costs

Application process:  on-line application with uploaded supplemental materials and hard copy mailed transcript, or official electronic copy. (See below*.)
Application materials:

---Completed online application form
---REQUIRED UPLOADS:
o   -In order to submit the completed application form you are required to upload a current CV or resume. (CVs should be in .PDF format and file size limit is 256KB).
o   -In order to submit the completed application form you are required to upload a current color photo of you ALONE. (Photos should be in .JPEG format and file size limit is 256KB).
o   -In order to submit the completed application form you are required to upload an UNOFFICIAL copy of your transcript(s). (Transcripts should be in .PDF format and file size limit is 256KB).
---NON-REQUIRED UPLOADS:
o   -If the person writing your letter of recommendation provides you with a recommendation letter for your Princeton in Africa fellowship application, you may upload it to the form.  If your recommender prefers to email the letter directly to PiAf, s/he may email it to piafapp@princetoninafrica.org with your name and "Letter of Recommendation" in the subject line.
---OTHER REQUIRED MATERIALS:
o   -Your application will not be complete unless you submit an official transcript from each undergraduate/graduate university you have attended. You must obtain an OFFICIAL transcript in a signed and sealed envelope from your registrar's office and mail it to the Princeton in Africa office so that it is received by PiAf by Wednesday, November 6th at 5PM EST. *If your school has a system for submitting electronic copies of official transcripts you may have your registrar's office email an OFFICIAL copy of your transcript to piafapp@princetoninafrica.org).
---APPLICATION FEE PAYMENT:
o   The $50 application fee may be paid via PayPal at the end of the application or can be paid by sending a check to Princeton in Africa's office (please make checks out to "Princeton in Africa" and write the name of the applicant and "Application fee" in the subject line.  Your application will not be processed until all materials and application fee have been received.
Any materials that are mailed need to go to this address:
Princeton in Africa—Application
194 Nassau Street, Suite 219
Princeton, NJ 08542
Mailed materials need to arrive to the PiAf office by Tuesday, November 5, 2013.

Faculty Representative:  Keith Raether

Selection process:
  Princeton in Africa expects to offer approximately 40-50 fellowships in about 15 countries next year. You may indicate preferences for region, country, and/or position type on your application form. But please note that a certain degree of flexibility may enhance the likelihood of your placement—and Princeton in Africa cannot guarantee that a candidate’s top choices will be met.

Applicants invited for an interview must be available for one of the sessions held in January 2014. Interview will be scheduled in December.

Candidates who receive a fellowship placement must attend PiAf's pre-departure orientation program held in mid-May on Princeton's campus.

Announcement dates:
March-April 2014: Applicants notified of status
May 2014: Placements finalized
Mid-May 2014: Orientation
June-September 2014: Fellowships begin

Contact information:
  http://www.princetoninafrica.org/about