Monday, November 21st, 2011...10:18 am

Fellowship: Princeton in Africa is recruiting for yearlong post-grad fellowships

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Who is eligible?

Young alumni and graduating seniors from any non-profit college or university in the United States are eligible to apply. Prior experience in Africa is not a prerequisite.


Where will fellowships be available? May I apply to work for a specific organization or in a specific country?

Princeton in Africa expects to offer approximately 30 fellowships in about 15 countries next year. Although the complete list of fellowships will not be finalized until after the application deadline, you may study the lists of current and recent fellowships to get an idea of the types of positions that may be offered.


You may indicate preferences for region, country, and/or position type on your application form. But please note that a certain degree of flexibility may enhance the likelihood of your placement—and Princeton in Africa can not guarantee that a candidate’s top choices will be met. Overall, the PiAf pairing process is a very personalized one and we work hard to find the best match for both Fellows and partner organizations.


When do fellowships take place?

Fellowships are 12 months long. Depending on the organizations where they are placed, Fellows will begin work between June and September 2012 and will complete their fellowships between June and September 2013.


What does a fellowship package include?

The Princeton in Africa experience is an investment on the part of each Fellow, each partner organization, and PiAf. The following funding arrangements are in place.


Fellows should expect to cover:

  • Round-trip air travel to/from their post.
  • Some pre-departure medical expenses. (While a Fellow should be able to cover many of the medical costs associated with immunization and malaria prevention directly from the stipend received from PiAf/partner organization, as everyone’s health needs are different, there may be some instances where a Fellow will need to pay some expenses out of pocket.)
  • 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/partner organization cover:

  • On-the-ground expenses including housing and living stipend.
  • Group medical and evacuation insurance.
  • Pre-departure orientation for all Fellows.
  • PiAf operating costs.


Does PiAf fund or arrange summer internships?

No, Princeton in Africa does not provide funding or make arrangements for summer internships.


Where can I find more information about PiAf fellowships?

  • Attend an info session (see dates and times above).
  • Read our Fellows’ Flyers newsletters, which include photos and reflections Fellows have submitted about their experiences.
  • Contact Stephanie Hooper, PiAf Program Manager, at shooper(at) with questions or to schedule an appointment.
  • Visit PiAf’s office during office hours (see days and times above) to find out more information about PiAf fellowships.
  • View our online database of reports from former Fellows located here (Princeton in Africa Fellows’ reports are password protected.  To receive the login information, please email piafapp(at)  The reports link will direct you to a secure server outside the Princeton in Africa domain).


How do I apply?

The applications deadline for 2012-13 is Monday, November 21, 2011.  The online application is located here.


What else is required?

Should you be invited for an interview, you must be available for one of the sessions in January 2012.


Those candidates who receive a fellowship must attend PiAf’s pre-departure orientation program which will be held in May 2012 on Princeton’s campus.

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