National deadline: (TBA) October 2018 (08:59 p.m. PST)

Eligibility requirements:

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

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 545 Fellows in 36 countries around the continent.

Benefits include:

  • On-the-ground expenses including housing and living stipend.
  • Group health, medical and security evacuation insurance.
  • Pre-departure orientation for all Fellows
  • Mid-year retreat in Africa (including partial travel grant for travel to/from the retreat)

Fellows should expect to cover the costs of:

  • $150 program placement fee, paid upon acceptance of a PiAf fellowship post
  • Transportation to/from interviews in Princeton
  • Transportation to/from PiAf's MANDATORY orientation in Princeton
  • Round-trip air travel to/from their fellowship post in Africa. 
  • 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.

Application process: online

Application requirements: 

  • $50 application fee 
  • Application form
  • Resume (max 2 pages, include applicant email address, .PDF, file size limit 256 KB)
  • Current color passport style photo (.JPEG format, file size limit 256KB)
  • Unofficial transcript (s) uploaded 
  • Official transcript(s)* mailed 
  • A letter of recommendation (submitted through the LOR form)

*Official transcripts must be certified, sealed and unopened. It may be mailed or sent as official electronic copies (by registrar if electronic and with no expiration code).

Faculty Representative: Keith Raether

Selection process:
 Applicants invited for an interview must be available for one of the sessions held in January. Interview will be scheduled in December. Candidates who receive a fellowship placement must attend PiAf's pre-departure orientation program held in June on Princeton's campus.

Contact information:

Mailed materials must be sent to: 

Princeton in Africa-Application
Louis A. Simpson International Building
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544