Fellow Support

Medical Insurance while on site

CISI: Basic Medical Insurance Coverage, Medical Evacuation & Security Evacuation Coverage
Princeton in Africa provides basic supplemental medical insurance as well as medical evacuation and security evacuation insurance coverage through Cultural Insurance Services International (www.culturalinsurance.com) through the “World Class Coverage Plan.” CISI provides basic medical insurance coverage, medical Evacuation & security evacuation coverage

Mental Health Support

Princeton in Africa is Partnered with The KonTerra Group to provide our Fellows with mental and emotional health counseling through their Employee Resilience Program.

Princeton in Africa is dedicated to the full health and wellbeing of our Fellows but understands the sensitive nature of issues one may face while living and working abroad. PiAf staff members are always here to speak to, but we recommend using this professional and ever-available resource if you are overwhelmed. This service is entirely confidential, and the counselors are independent of Princeton in Africa.

Check-ins with staff

PiAf program staff are available via email, phone, and video call to support Fellows as they work through any challenges that arise in the workplace, such as figuring out how to be more productive if their job description is not as clear as planned, strategies to deal with transitions in the office if a supervisor leaves, or figuring out how to navigate working in a different culture. Staff spend time throughout the fellowship year sending check-in emails to each Fellow, hosting WhatsApp calls, and meeting with Fellows individually during Orientation, the Retreat, and site visits.

Alumni Mentorship

Created by the PiAf Alumni Network, the Princeton in Africa Alumni Mentoring Program serves as a resource and additional support system for PiAf Fellows. Many participants have found this program rewarding, as it establishes meaningful connections across PiAf classes by pairing current fellows with alumni. Alumni help fellows navigate current fellowship posts, provide career or personal advice, and more! 87% of the 2020-21 Fellows found that the Alumni Mentor program added value to their fellowship experience.

Alumni-Led Affinity Groups

PiAf Affinity Groups were designed so that Fellows could have the support of designated alumni, as well as one another when it comes to personal and professional challenges and/or opportunities they encounter that might be related to certain aspects of their identities.

Our organized affinity groups include:

Each group will have one designated alum to lead an introductory session and who they are free to reach out to throughout the year. After the introductory meeting, each group will be led by a current Fellow for the remainder of the year. Conversations held within these groups are private as long as nothing discussed reveals any sort of health, safety, and security emergency for a Fellow. Alumni facilitators will encourage Fellows to reach out directly to staff if any significant issues arise.

Over the last few years, our affinity groups have acted as great support systems for our Fellows, creating a space for open and honest discussion, and forging bonds between Fellows and alumni. In a survey taken of 2020-21 Fellows, 56% participated in an alumni-led affinity group. We hope to grow this project further as we welcome new Fellows to the PiAf family.

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