National deadline: November 1, 2015, 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. 

Fellows should expect to cover:

  • Transportation to/from interviews in Princeton
  • Transportation to/from PiAf’s MANDATORY orientation in Princeton
  • $150 program placement fee, paid upon acceptance of a PiAf fellowship post. This contribution is only a fraction of the total yearly program costs to PiAf for each fellowship post.
  • Round-trip air travel to/from their post
  • Pre-departure medical expenses (e.g. immunizations, malaria prevention medications, personal medications)
  • In most cases, visa expenses
  • 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 organizations 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: Online and hard copy (mailed transcript, or official electronic copy) 

Application requirements: Completed online application form

    • Curriculum Vitae (CVs should be in .PDF format and file size limit is 256KB).
    • Current color photo of applicant ALONE. (Photos should be in .JPEG format and file size limit is 256KB).
    • UNOFFICIAL copy of transcript(s). (Transcripts should be in .PDF format and file size limit is 256KB).
    • 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 with your name and “Letter of Recommendation” in the subject line.
    • 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 Sunday, November 2 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
    • 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 Sunday, November 1, 2015

Faculty Representative: Keith Raether

Selection process:
 Applicants invited for an interview must be available for one of the sessions held on January 16-18, 2015 and January 23-24, 2015.  Interview will be scheduled in December.

Candidates who receive a fellowship placement must attend PiAf's pre-departure orientation program held June 4-8, 2015 on Princeton's campus.

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