We develop the young leaders of tomorrow as they contribute to some of the most impactful organizations in Africa today.

Our Impact

Since 1999, our program has connected highly-skilled, dedicated, and visionary young leaders with some of Africa’s most impactful organizations. Our Fellows have contributed to improvements in Business and Economic Development, Education & Youth Capacity Building, Public & Community Health, Environmental Conservation and Sustainability, and Civil Society in 37 countries across the continent.









Princeton in Africa’s mission to give young leaders the opportunity to serve in Africa is a model. . . Working in every field from public health to conservation to conflict resolution, PiAf Fellows improve the lives of everyday Africans in tangible and significant ways. Bill Clinton

Become a Fellow

Experience unparalleled personal and professional growth. Make lifelong connections and fast-track your career.

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Host a Fellow

Invest wisely by choosing from a hand selected pool of talented and motivated candidates.

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Join a global community of professionals, connected by a shared commitment to Africa.

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Join our global network of supporters who believe in our mission to develop young leaders of tomorrow.

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The Fellows Experience

Princeton in Africa 2022-23 Cohort
Please enjoy this video featuring staff, board members, and 2022-23 Fellows, where we detail the impact of our program, reflect on its unique opportunity for young leaders and African organizations, and look to the future of Princeton in Africa.
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The International Rescue Committee has been so fortunate to have had a longstanding relationship with Princeton in Africa since our very first Fellows landed in Rwanda in 1999.  Whether it was Emily or Renee in 1999 or the 110 Fellows across 14 IRC countries over the years, we have been blessed by the relationship, the quality of the Fellows and the impact on what IRC does on the ground every single day.

Brian Johnson
Chief Human Resources Officer
International Rescue Committee

My fellowship has been the most impactful personal and professional development opportunity of my life. I wanted a post-college experience that would push my limits, expand my comfort zone, and help me discern the next steps in my career journey. And this has been the case.

Ryan Elliott
2014-15 Fellow
Baylor Pediatric AIDS Initiative in Lesotho

I can honestly say that this year has changed my life and my view of what’s possible for the future. Princeton in Africa isn’t just a one-year fellowship, it’s an introduction to a particular way of life and a new way of thinking about the world. I feel like so many doors are open now that I never would have considered before.

Katie Fackler
2010-11 Fellow
UN World Food Programme

My Princeton in Africa fellowship was everything I could have hoped for and much more. The myriad of experiences makes my head swim, and it has strengthened my desire to help underserved populations worldwide.

David Bartels
2006-2007 Fellow
Baylor Pediatric AIDS Initiative

Princeton in Africa was an invaluable experience for me. I learned an infinite amount through my work and through living in Uganda. I also realized that I want to continue working on African issues as long as I can.

Alexis Okeowo
2006-2007 Fellow
The New Vision

The International Rescue Committee’s experience with Princeton in Africa has been exceptional. Each Fellow brings excellent writing and analytical skills as well as unique interests and passions that enrich the program and the field office environment. We were so pleased we expanded the program to more field offices.

Susan Riehl
Human Resources, IRC

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation has been working in Africa for over 11 years through its Secure the Future program.  One common theme in all aspects of program implementation is having passionate, energetic individuals on the ground who can think outside the box and then transfer the skills for sustainability.  The Princeton In Africa Fellows have been a huge asset in this regard and our programs and patients have been better for it.

John Damonti
President, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation


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Contact Us

Louis A. Simpson International Building
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Princeton, NJ 08544

Phone: 609.258.7215
Fax: 609.964.1818
Email: piaf@princetoninafrica.org

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