National deadline: (TBA) November 2018

Eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident*
  • Junior
  • Committed to completing a Master's Degree in public and/or international affairs at one of the PPIA Consortium graduate schools
  • Demonstrated interest in pursuing a professional career associated with public service such as government, nonprofits, humanitarian and international organizations and other related programs
  • Interested in contributing to the diversity of perspectives present in the PPIA Fellowship Program

*Note: 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)

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 students' quantitative, analytic and communication skills. Extracurricular activities are also included. Benefits include:

  • 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 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
  • Fee waiver when applying to schools that are members of the PPIA Graduate School Consortium

PPIA encourages applicants to apply to at least three JSI's in order to improve chances for admission. Students who are selected for the 2018 JSI cohort will study at one of the campuses of the following Universities:

  • Carnegie Mellon University 
  • Princeton University 
  • University of Michigan 
  • University of Minnesota 
  • 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 in pursuing 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: (

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

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

Faculty Representative: Keith Raether

National committee interview: No