What are the benefits of being a PiAf Fellow after my fellowship year?

We believe 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. But it is also an opportunity to join a growing community of PiAf alumni who are passionate about Africa and eager to network and support each other in the years to come. Since 1999, Princeton in Africa has placed 545 Fellows in 36 African countries. But don’t just take our word for it…

“Princeton in Africa has been a wonderful opportunity in so many ways, and I will forever be grateful for this experience. One unique facet of the program that I didn’t fully appreciate before starting my fellowship year was the fact that the PiAf team not only selects you as a Fellow, they play the role of professional matchmaker, placing you in the position they feel best suits both you and the organization. I couldn’t imagine a post better suited to my skillset, professional interests, and passions; as a result, I have been able to grow as a professional and as a person, and have had an incredibly fulfilling experience. I have been able to accomplish far more than I would have expected, and truly believe that the impact of my work on my placement organization and the youth I work with will last far beyond my time in Lesotho. That is far from the case for many recent graduates, especially in development, and I have the PiAf team to thank for placing me here and making this possible.”

Helena Hengelbrok, PiAf 2016-17 Fellow, Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative Lesotho

Princeton in Africa alumni go on to pursue careers in diverse fields, staying in Africa, returning to the U.S., or finding opportunities around the world. The majority of alumni pursue graduate studies as well, including MA, MBA, MD, MPA/MPP, MPH, JD, PhD degrees.

In a recent PiAf alumni survey:

  • 98% of alumni respondents reported being “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with their experience as a Princeton in Africa Fellow.
  • 88% of alumni respondents “strongly agree” or “agree” that skills, awareness and experience gained during their fellowship helped them acquire a job in their field of interest.
  • 95% reported that they had an increased commitment to Africa’s advancement after their fellowship.
  • Nearly 77% of alumni have returned to Africa since their fellowship year.

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