Princeton in Asia
National deadline: November 16, 2013, postmark date for mailed materials, 5 p.m. EST for submission of online
- Bachelor's degree
- TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) experience which can be fulfilled through 20 hours of class or volunteer tutoring
- International students eligible
- Native English speaking ability
- Asian language ability not necessary for most teaching positions; non-teaching positions typically require some language skill or specific academic or work experience
- Must attend orientation at Princeton in May
- Valid passport
Award summary and conditions: Mission Statement: “To promote good will and understanding and to facilitate in every way the free interchange of the best ideals in the civilizations of both East and West.” PiA is dedicated to offering these experiences to as diverse and talented an applicant pool as possible. Princeton in Asia will work with each applicant to ensure that financial considerations do not preclude anyone from applying or participating in these service opportunities. Salary and housing are provided. In addition, group medical insurance is provided. Language and cultural grants are awarded on a merit basis. Assistance in student loan deferments in the form of letters issued to student loan agencies.
- Application fee: $50
- Transportation and housing expenses for trips to interviews in January or February and to Princeton, NJ in mid-May for orientation. (Housing, however, will be arranged for you during orientation.)
- $350 contribution paid upon acceptance of a PiA posting. This contribution represents only a fraction of the total costs of arranging a fellowship. Payment is mandatory for all accepted fellows.
- Vaccination and pre-departure health expenses.
- Visa application fees.
- Round-trip transportation to Asia for most positions.
- TEFL certification course where applicable- the course offered at Princeton costs $150 and will be held April 25-27, 2014
Application process: Both hardcopy and electronic
- Application Fee: $50.00--checks payable to Princeton in Asia.
- A completed PiA application form.
- Three completed essays
- One short video (See application for details.)
- Two copies of your resume (one page in length) including your current and permanent addresses and phone numbers. Tailor your resume for PiA purposes, highlighting previous teaching, travel, Asian language proficiency, and cross-cultural experience. Applicants for workplace and technical-teaching (Singapore) positions should detail their coursework and work experience as appropriate.
- All official college transcripts (as recent as possible).
- One letter of reference, including the phone number and email address of the writer, plus contact information for a second reference. We prefer at least one employer reference, if possible.
- Contact information for a second reference (phone number & email). We prefer at least one employer reference, if possible.
- One photocopy of your currently valid passport information page (which includes passport number, period of validity, etc.). If your passport is due to expire within 18 months, begin the renewal process now. All applicants must have a valid passport by interviews in January.
- Four passport photos with your name printed on the back of each and put in an envelope. Digital photo printouts or photocopies are not acceptable.
Faculty Representative: Keith Raether
National committee interview: Yes
Selection and announcement dates:
December 2, 2013: All applicants are notified that we have received their application. Please do not contact the office before this date to check on the status of your application.
December 27, 2013: Selected applicants are notified of interview date and time.
January 11-12, 18-19 & 25-26, 2014 : Interviews of selected applicants held at Princeton University. Interviews for Southeast Asian countries are generally held the first weekend. All other interviews are the second weekend.
Late January and early February: Interviews for selected applicants held in New England, the Midwest and on the West Coast. Date(s) and location(s) TBA.
Mid-March: PiA notifies applicants of first-round selection results. Upon notification, candidates must make a commitment within 4 days to accept the position and to follow through on related commitments if accepted by the host. If first choice candidates cannot commit, then alternates are contacted. Asian institutions make final selections, not PiA.
Late March- Early April: Finalization of positions.
April 25-27: TEFL certification course offered at Princeton University.
May 17-20: Orientation at Princeton. All new fellows must attend orientation. Orientation lasts four days, starting Friday afternoon and ending Monday evening.
Late May-October: New fellows leave for Asia. Date of departure depends upon the country and employing institution.
Contact information: http://www.princeton.edu/~pia/