National deadline: November 1, 2015

Eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident (International applicants pursuing a bachelor's degree in the U.S. will only be considered for the JSI programs at Carnegie Mellon University and Princeton University)
  • Junior (must not have attained a Bachelor's Degree prior to start of Junior Summer Institute) 
  • Must be committed to completing a Master's Degree in public and/or international affairs at one of the PPIA Consortium graduate schools
  • Must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a professional career associated with public service such as government, nonprofits, humanitarian and international organizations and other related programs.
  • Must be interested in contributing to the diversity of perspectives present in the PPIA Fellowship Program.
  • Students in need of financial support are given consideration during the review of applications

Award summary and conditions: The PPIA Junior Summer Institutes (JSI) have been the hallmark of the PPIA Fellowship Program for over 30 years. JSI is an intensive seven-week summer program that focuses on preparing students for graduate programs in public and international affairs and careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service. The JSI curriculum includes economics, statistics, domestic/international policy issues and leadership topics, all designed to sharpen the students' quantitative, analytic and communication skills. Extracurricular activities are also included. These skills are vital for admission into the top graduate programs in public and international affairs. The successful completion of a summer institute is a requirement for PPIA Fellows.

As a PPIA Fellow you are entitled to the following benefits:

Full tuition at a PPIA Junior Summer Institute.

  • Eligibility to receive assistance with travel expenses.
  • A stipend of up to $1,500 (funding determined by each JSI).
  • University housing with a meal plan.
  • Books and related course materials.
  • Each JSI may offer additional benefits, such as GRE preparation, at their discretion. Please check with each JSI about any additional benefits.
  • Minimum of a one-time $5,000 scholarship at a PPIA graduate school if admitted for a Master's degree. PPIA Fellows often receive financial offers above and beyond this minimum from their graduate program.

PPIA encourages applicants to apply to at least three JSI’s in order to improve chances for admission. While each JSI may feature some unique features, they are all part of the PPIA Fellowship Program and are meant to serve students with a broad range of public service interests, both domestic and international. You are encouraged to consider all PPIA JSI’s in your application. 

Students who are selected for the 2016 JSI cohort will study at one of the campuses of the following Universities:
  • Carnegie Mellon University 
  • Princeton University 
  • University of Michigan 
  • University of California, Berkeley*

*If you select UC Berkeley among your potential JSIs, please note the following:

  • Required: You must specifically demonstrate involvement in working to improve historically underserved or underrepresented communities, including African Americans, Asian Americans, Latino/as, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders.
  • Optional: If you are interested in being eligible for selection as a UC Berkeley PPIA Law Fellow, you must also explain your interests for wanting to pursue a joint law and public policy degree, what skills you would be seeking to acquire and how you could apply such skills to further your public service career goals.

Application process: online 

Application requirements: For instructions going into more detail please visit the website:

  • Initial eligibility and application form 
  • Letters of recommendation* (2) 
  • Educational background and financial situation form 
  • Essays (2 required) 
  • Current curriculum vitae 
  • Unofficial transcript 
  • Copy of financial aid award letter 
  • Student aid report (SAR) 

*PPIA will e-mail recommenders directions immediately after you submit the application. Please ask and confirm that this person is willing to write your recommendation before submitting the application. It is your responsibility to confirm that the recommenders have received email messages from PPIA with instructions for uploading the letters with ample time to submit letters by deadline.

Faculty Representative: Keith Raether

National committee interview: No