Becoming a Fellowship Organization

Organizations that are interested in becoming Princeton in Africa fellowship organizations should refer to the online PiAf Fellowship Organization Application (available here), which provides information about becoming a PiAf host organization, potential roles for Fellows, and the application. If you have limited Internet access and are unable to complete the application online, or have any questions about the online application, please email piaf@princetoninafrica.org.

Update: The deadline to apply to be a Fellowship Organization for the 2018-19 fellowship year is August 31st, 2017.

About Fellowship Organizations

Hosting a PiAf Fellow benefits both Fellows and host organizations by creating opportunities for talented young people to serve in Africa and by providing bright, hardworking recent graduates for organizations working in Africa. Fellowships last 12 months and begin between June (anytime after PiAf’s mandatory Fellows’ orientation) and the second Monday of September each year.

Current fellowship organizations include the International Rescue Committee, Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative, The BOMA Project, and African Leadership Academy. Click here to see a full list of our current organizations.

To become a fellowship organization, please complete the PiAf Fellowship Organization Application available here.

Funding

Princeton in Africa seeks to ensure that the basic costs of each fellowship are covered (thereby keeping these fellowship experiences open to all applicants). Fellows are not expected to profit and are expected to live frugally.

Depending on the location where a Fellow is based, fellowships have typically had a total cost of $15,000 – $25,000, as well as a mid-year retreat where all the fellows are brought together to reflect on their experiences. This aims to cover the Fellow’s costs, including housing, food, local travel, visas, and other basic living expenses, as well as ongoing personal and professional support, insurance, and other assistance provided by PiAf. Placing Fellows in more rural locations would obviously decrease some of those costs. While funding arrangements vary between posts, we do ask that fellowship organizations to cover the cost of the fellowships. Click here to read more about the Princeton in Africa Funding Structure.

Fellow Overview

Overview
Princeton in Africa Fellows are recent university graduates; some are enrolled in or have completed graduate-level studies. They have specialized in a variety of fields—from politics and public policy to biology and engineering. Many hold African Studies certificates or have previously spent time in Africa or abroad.

Selection and Placement of PiAf Fellows
We receive hundreds of applications each year for our program. Fellows are chosen by Princeton in Africa through a rigorous and lengthy process to identify the students with the greatest chance at success. Candidates must submit a written application, professional or academic references, and an academic transcript. The process continues with in-person interviews and review by a selection committee. PiAf then presents organizations with several candidates for their review. Once Fellows are chosen, PiAf helps prepare both Fellows and field offices to utilize Fellows as effectively as possible.

Fellows are matched with host organizations based on their capabilities and, where appropriate, their technical knowledge and language skills. Relevant language skills among candidates include English (mother tongue), French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Swahili.

Possible Roles for Fellows
PiAf Fellows fit in well to a general information/reporting officer role. Their writing skills are strong and they are able to synthesize significant quantities of information quickly. Fellows make strong assistant program officers/program officers, overseeing, for instance, a specific project and focusing on monitoring and evaluation. They also are well-prepared to play a coordination role amongst different organizations.

While not yet specialists at this stage in their careers, many applicants have the ability to work more broadly on issues such as health, education, and sustainable development. Applicants have included pre-medical candidates who have worked in health clinics; biology and engineering majors who have worked to improve solar panels and designed sustainable water filters; and individuals with teaching certificates or other education or mentoring experience.

Recent PiAf Fellows have:
  • Organized activities to educate and empower HIV-positive youth in Botswana, Lesotho, and Tanzania
  • Designed micro-enterprise trainings for women in poverty in Kenya
  • Assisted with grants management and reporting at humanitarian aid NGOs in West, East and Southern Africa
  • Developed an environmental studies curriculum for secondary school students in Rwanda
  • Trained cashew farmers in best practices for farm sanitation and maintenance in Ghana