Commitment for a Lifetime


Princeton in Africa has great pride in our global community of alumni. For more than 23 years, Princeton in Africa has helped future leaders develop lifelong connections to the people and nations of Africa. You are now joining this invaluable network of nearly 700 alumni. Welcome to a community of like-minded people who have lived on the African continent, who challenge one another to engage respectfully, who continue to be the soft power of U.S. Africa relations, and who are dedicated to encouraging and reinforcing each other’s aspirations. 

Stay connected 
There are many ways to stay connected with Princeton in Africa. Please update your contact information in your Profile and VITALS form in Connect or email us at In addition, we periodically host events or share opportunities to connect with others in your area.    

Attend Princeton in Africa events
Princeton in Africa hosts several virtual or in-person events in the United States and Africa, bringing together experts or alumni. Spread the word and join us.

We send periodic newsletters to a global network of over 3,000 friends, partners, alumni, fellows, staff, and colleagues. Subscribe to the newsletter here.

Share Impact
Princeton in Africa thrives because of your story. Please share the story of the impact of your program on your personal life or professional career. You can send us your stories at, participate in our alumni surveys, or share them publicly and tag Princeton in Africa. Alumni also amplify our work to their personal and professional networks. For example, we’ve had alumni speak of us on CNN, reference us in their bestseller books, or connect us to professional development networks for recruitment.

Help us extend the impact of our program and initiatives. Your generous gift will touch the lives of Fellows, Host Organizations, Alumni, and the communities we work in. Please consider joining the annual alumni matching campaign or setting up recurring monthly donation-in ways big or small here.

Volunteer Time
Princeton in Africa maintains a preeminent Fellowship program due to the rigor and commitment of this alumni network. Alumni volunteer in several ways, such as joining the Alumni Board, volunteering time to join the diligent review and interview process for new Fellows, connecting Princeton in Africa with potential host organizations, serving as a mentor in the formal mentorship program with current Fellows, or speaking at Princeton in Africa events.

Africa Engagement 
There are many ways to stay connected with Africa through Princeton in Africa. Alumni can donate to organizations in Africa, volunteer skills to African organizations within our network, and contribute directly to PiAf to sponsor Fellows working at African organizations.

Jobs Network (PiAf Alumni Google Group)
This group is for Princeton in Africa Alumni to connect, share information about jobs, events, and conferences related to Africa and international development, and seek advice on topics ranging from housing to grad school. Use this resource!

Alumni Mini-Grants 
Alumni can apply for mini-grants for relief or support for professional, academic, personal, etc. needs. Needs can include learning and development opportunities (entrepreneurial expenses, professional courses, graduate school applications or exams), alumni projects (software or hardware for technical or creative needs, spiritual or empowerment retreats), and activities that improve Alumni’s capacity and development interests (training or certifications, attending conferences, workshops). 

Work with Princeton in Africa
Join us in helping future leaders develop lifelong connections to the people and nations of Africa. We hire full-time staff from the Princeton in Africa network. Please don’t hesitate to apply when an opportunity arises on the team. Keep yourself updated by following our LinkedIn page and checking our Open Positions page on our website.

Our History

In 1999, a group of Princeton alumni, faculty, and staff launched Princeton in Africa as an independent affiliate of Princeton University inspired by the University’s informal motto, “Princeton in the Nation’s Service and in the Service of All Nations.” In 2010, the program opened up to include graduates of any US accredited university in order to meet the growing demand from host organizations and allow more young professionals access to the unique opportunities afforded by PiAf. During the past 20 years, we have placed over 600 Fellows with more than 100 organizations in 36 countries, while developing more strategic partnerships across Africa and creating more opportunities for our alumni community to engage with the continent and with one another.


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