For Our Applicants

The 2016-17 fellowship application is now closed. Please check this page in late August 2016 when our 2017-18 application will become available.

Princeton in Africa develops young leaders committed to Africa’s advancement by offering yearlong fellowship opportunities with a variety of organizations that work across the African continent.

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

Princeton in Africa expects to offer approximately 50 fellowships in about 15 countries next year. Although the complete list of fellowships will not be finalized until after the application deadline, please take a look at the list of current fellowship organizations, the reports database, and the outline of expected 2016-17 sectors and roles to get an idea of the types of positions that may be offered.

Fellowships are 12 months long. Depending on the organizations where they are placed, Fellows will begin work between June (anytime after the mandatory Fellows’ orientation from June 1-5, 2016) and Monday, September 12, 2016, and will complete their fellowships between June and September 2017, twelve months after their start date.

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.

Fellows should expect to cover:

  • Transportation to/from Princeton for interviews.
  • Transportation to/from Princeton for PiAf’s entire MANDATORY pre-departure orientation.
  • $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 fellowhip post in Africa
  • Pre-departure medical expenses (e.g. immunizations, malaria prevention medications, personal medications). This also includes any doctor or clinic costs associated with completing the mandatory PiAf medical clearance form. A Fellow may be able to cover some of the medical costs associated with health check ups, immunizations and malaria prevention directly from the stipend received from the PiAf fellowship organization. However, as everyone’s health needs are different, Fellows should be prepared to pay for pre-departure medical expenses out-of-pocket. Current students should visit their university health centers for advice on necessary immunizations and preparations, and to complete the medical clearance form.
  • In most cases, visas and work permits.
  • Sundries and recreational travel.

Note: Princeton in Africa is committed to ensuring that all applicants are able to participate in the fellowship program without regard to need.  Once placed with a host organization, Fellows 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.

Princeton in Africa/fellowship organizations cover:

  • On-the-ground expenses, including housing and living stipend
  • Medical insurance, medical evacuation insurance 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)
  • Princeton in Africa program support and operating costs

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for more information about the application, the placement process, and the fellowship experience.

How To Apply

The 2016-17 fellowship application is now closed. Please check this page in late August 2016 when our 2017-18 application will become available. The application timeline is posted here. Read about the application process here.

If you would like to receive updates from Princeton in Africa with 2017-18 application information, please e-mail to be added to our applicant mailing list.

More Information

For details about information sessions, office hours, reports from former Fellows and the application timeline, click here.