How to Apply

Applications are now closed for 2024-25 Princeton in Africa fellowships.

Applications for 2025-26 fellowships will open in late August 2024. To learn more about PiAf, please join our applicant mailing list here.

Eligibility & Application Requirements

Please note there are different eligibility requirements for our general fellowship program and our Nexus program. Please see both sets of eligibility requirements outlined below. Applicants would only be eligible to apply for both programs if they are currently residing on the African continent and have a bachelors or postgraduate degree from an African institution that is U.S.-accredited.

General Fellowship Program Eligibility:

Nexus Program Eligibility:

Learn more about the Nexus Program

Application Requirements

PiAf cannot accept any application materials emailed directly by applicants, please see below for a list of application materials and how they are to be submitted. You can find additional information regarding these requirements on our FAQs and in the online application.

Incomplete Applications will not be accepted. Princeton in Africa cannot confirm the receipt of application materials. We ask that you not call the Princeton in Africa office with questions about the application. Please send any inquiries to

PLEASE NOTE: As of 9/17/22 Princeton in Africa is no longer requiring applicants to pay a $75 non-refundable application fee.

The Princeton in Africa Fellowship Experience

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. It is also an opportunity to join a growing community of passionate PiAf alumni.

The fellowship experience varies greatly depending on placement and organization. Some Fellows work closely with a supervisor or colleague(s); others work more independently. Some Fellows work in offices that are filled with local staff; others work with a high number of expatriates. Some Fellows live in urban areas like Johannesburg and Nairobi; others are based in very rural areas with limited resources.

No matter the host organization or the location, all fellowships are 12 months long and all Fellows experience support from Princeton in Africa staff, alumni, and other Fellows. Community is a PiAf guarantee.

The Placement Process

Expenses For The Fellowship

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 cover:

Note: PiAf is committed to ensuring all applicants are able to participate in the program regardless of financial need. Once placed, there is an available financial aid application for Fellows with demonstrated need. Applicants with demonstrated need upon completion of their application should reach out directly to

Princeton in Africa/Fellowship Organizations cover*:

*Fellowship packages vary post-to-post: details will be provided in the offer letter prior to a Fellows acceptance

Note: Fellowship stipends are to cover living costs directly related to the fellowship. Stipends are not meant to cover outside costs, including costs in Fellows’ home countries.

Learn More about Princeton in Africa

Join our Prospective Applicant Session on September 17, 2024!

We will be holding an info session for prospective applicants on September 17th from 12:00-1:30 PM (EDT). Please sign up for our prospective applicant mailing list here to receive updates about our Prospective Applicants Info Session.

A recording of the session will be sent to the full Princeton in Africa applicant mailing list. Please email with any questions.

Consult these resources for more information about Princeton in Africa:

Application & Fellowship Timeline:

Late August, 2024
Application goes live

Tuesday, Sept 17th, 2024 at 12:00-1:30 PM Eastern
Information Session for prospective applicants

Sunday, October 27th, 2024 at 11:59 PM Eastern
Application Deadline

Early December, 2024
Applicants notified about interviews

Early January, 2025
Fellowship interviews (conducted virtually)

February-May 2025
Ongoing acceptance and placements

June 6 – 8th, 2025
MANDATORY Virtual Orientation

June 10-August 8, 2025
Fellowships begin

June 10-August 8, 2026
Fellowships end

For more information about the application process, check the online application form or the Frequently Asked Questions page. To learn more about the Fellowship program, please review the Current Fellows page, Where We Work page, and Fellow Support page.