For Our Applicants

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 accredited college or university in the United States are eligible to apply. Prior experience in Africa is not a prerequisite.

Princeton in Africa expects to offer approximately 45 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.

Fellowships are 12 months long. Depending on the organizations where they are placed, Fellows will begin work between June and September 2015 and will complete their fellowships between June and September 2016.

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

Fellows should expect to cover:

  • Transportation to/from interviews in Princeton
  • Transportation to/from PiAf’s MANDATORY orientation in Princeton
  • $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 post
  • Pre-departure medical expenses (e.g. immunizations, malaria prevention medications, personal medications). 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 partner 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.
  • 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/partner organizations cover:

  • On-the-ground expenses, including housing and living stipend
  • Group medical and evacuation insurance
  • Pre-departure orientation for all Fellows
  • 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 2015-2016 application is available here. The submission deadline is 11:59pm EST on Sunday, November 2, 2014. After the deadline the application will no longer be accessible. The application timeline is posted here. Read about the application process here.

If you would like to receive updates from Princeton in Africa with 2015-16 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.