Application Deadline: October 26th, 2022 at 11:59 PM Eastern
A Princeton in Africa fellowship experience is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for personal and professional development and growth. It is often described as a way to get a foot in the door of the field of development on the African continent. It is also an opportunity to join a growing community of passionate PiAf alumni.
The fellowship experience varies greatly depending on placement and organization. Some Fellows work closely with a supervisor or colleague(s); others work more independently. Some Fellows work in offices that are filled with local staff; others work with a high number of expatriates. Some Fellows live in urban areas like Johannesburg and Nairobi; others are based in very rural areas with limited resources.
No matter the host organization or the location, all fellowships are 12 months long and all Fellows experience support from Princeton in Africa staff, alumni, and other Fellows. Community is a PiAf guarantee.
How the placement process works:
Resources for applying/learning about PiAf:
- Current Fellowship Organizations
- Expected Roles & Sectors – broken down by organization and location.
- Fellows Report Database – provides detailed information about past fellowship experiences. Gain access by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- To be added to our applicant mailing list, email email@example.com
Expenses For the Fellowship:
The Princeton in Africa experience is an investment on the part of each Fellow, each fellowship organization, and Princeton in Africa. The following funding arrangements are in place.
- Applicants must be young professionals or graduating seniors at the time of application
- Applicants must be graduates of a U.S. accredited University
- Applicants must have full professional English proficiency. Additionally, French is preferred at some posts
- Applicants must be not more than 35 years of age
- Applicants must have a passport valid through the fellowship date
In addition to all general requirements, Nexus Applicants:
- Nexus Applicants must have citizenship in an African Country and have current residency in an African country (applicants with dual U.S. citizenship will not be considered)
- Nexus Applicants must have an Undergraduate Degree or a Master’s degree (or equivalent), or a Ph.D. from an African University
- $75 non-refundable application fee
- Transportation to and from Princeton for interviews and orientation
- $350 program placement fee upon acceptance of a post
- Round-trip airfare to and from post in their host country.
- Pre-departure medical expenses (immunizations, malaria prevention meds, personals meds, visit for completing medical release form)
- Depending on post, Fellow may contribute to visa or work permit costs
Note: PiAf is committed to ensuring all applicants are able to participate in the program regardless of financial need. Once placed, there is an available financial aid application for Fellows with demonstrated need. Applicants with demonstrated need upon completion of their application should reach out directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Princeton in Africa/Fellowship Organizations cover*:
- Housing and living stipend
- Certain visas/work permits
- Medical, medical evacuation, security evacuation insurance
- Pre-departure orientation housing and meals
- Mid-year Retreat partial travel allowance and meals/housing
*Fellowship packages vary post-to-post: details will be provided in the offer letter prior to a Fellows acceptance.
Incomplete Applications will not be accepted. Princeton in Africa cannot confirm the receipt of application materials. We ask that you not call the Princeton in Africa offices. Please send any inquiries to email@example.com.
What else is required?
- If invited, availability for a virtual interview during one of the interview sessions, taking place January 6th-7th and 10th-13th, 2023.
Office Hours [By Appointment Only]
We will start holding virtual office hours Tuesdays and Wednesdays from Tues, Sept 27th to Weds, Oct 19th, 2022. We recommend that applicants email a copy of their resume to firstname.lastname@example.org in advance of their appointment. If you have any questions specific to your application, please email email@example.com after consulting our FAQ page.
All office hours are by appointment only. Make an appointment for telephone office hours with PiAf staff here. Please do not call the PiAf Office; a PiAf staff member will contact you for your appointment. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Attend the Webinar Information Session
This year’s information session will be held virtually on Wednesday, September 21st, 2022 at 12 pm Eastern. Please register in advance for the webinar here. A recording of the session will be sent to the full Princeton in Africa applicant mailing list. Please email email@example.com with any questions.