Current Fellowship Organizations

African Leadership Academy
South Africa

African Leadership Academy seeks to transform Africa by identifying, developing, and connecting the next generation of African leaders.

African School of Economics

African School of Economics partners with academic institutions to address the dearth of quality tertiary education, research, and innovative public policy in Africa by creating an incubator of business leaders and social scientists.

Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative

BIPAI’s mission is to conduct a program of high-quality, high-impact, highly ethical pediatric and family HIV/AIDS care and treatment, health professional training and clinical research. They provide medical expertise, clinical supplies and professional training to health centers and hospitals run by the Ministry of Health throughout the country. BIPAI gives families the testing, counseling, care, treatment and psychosocial services needed by an HIV exposed family.

Emerging Public Leaders

Emerging Public Leaders (EPL) is a public service leadership organization preparing the next generation of public-sector leaders in Africa to drive development and ensure inclusive governance and growth in government. 

Equal Education
South Africa

Equal Education advocates for quality and equality in the South African education system and engages in evidence-based activism for improving the nation’s schools. EE’s campaigns, based on detailed research and policy analysis, are aimed at achieving quality education for all. EE promotes the rights to equality and education, with the firm belief that these will enable the poor and working classes to an equal opportunity in life. EE seeks to improve the poor quality of education in South Africa by working together with communities, schools, teachers, principals, learners, parents, academics, researchers and the government.

Foundation for Community Development and Empowerment (FCDE)

FCDE has a mission to build local capacity to lead community change in rural East Africa, which it does through technical support and professional training for local NGOs, CBOs, and GROs.

Integrate Health

At Integrate Health, they believe that no child should die from a disease that can be treated. They exist to prove that a better standard of healthcare is possible and affordable, even in the world’s most neglected communities. They have developed a primary healthcare approach that works—it delivers improved health outcomes while strengthening the national healthcare system. They work in partnership with governments to scale this approach, beginning in Togo.

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

ILRI works for better lives through livestock in developing countries with a mission to improve food and nutritional security and to reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock.

International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Kenya/Sierra Leone/Somalia(based in Kenya)

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the largest humanitarian agencies in the world, providing relief, rehabilitation and post-conflict reconstruction support to victims of oppression and violent conflict. IRC has worked for over seven decades and today is involved in over 25 conflict zones in the world. We address both the immediate, life saving needs of conflict-affected people in an emergency and the reconstruction needs in post-conflict societies.

Kakenya’s Dream

Through education, community engagement, and advocacy, Kakenya’s Dream transforms the lives of vulnerable girls across rural Kenya, and in the process, transforms the communities in which they live. Their work demonstrates the positive social and economic impact that empowered girls and women can have on their communities. Their programs are designed to help girls realize their full potential while engaging boys and men who will play critical roles in their long-term success. Kakenya’s Dream believes in the transformational power of holistic education to positively impact the lives of girls and the communities in which they live.

Kucetekela Foundation

The Kucetekela Foundation provides scholarships to Zambian girls and boys who are academically promising but financially disadvantaged to attend private secondary schools.

Lwala Community Alliance

Lwala helps to build the capacity of rural communities to advance their own comprehensive wellbeing.

Population Services International
Côte d’Ivoire

The mission of PSI is to measurably improve the health of poor and vulnerable people in the developing world, principally through social marketing of family planning and health products and services, and health communications.

Tanzania Education Corporation

Tanzania Education Corp, (TEC), was formed in 2009 to partner with Tumaini Schools to provide a top tier education to over 1,100 Tanzanian students in pre-primary through the end of high school. TEC has provided funds to build two campuses and to provide an innovative curriculum to supplement the Tanzanian curriculum.

The Rwanda School Project

The Rwanda School Project’s provides high quality secondary education in Rwanda. Their Rwamagana Leaders’ School offers a secure and nurturing school environment that transforms vulnerable youth into future leaders and problem solvers who champion environmental sustainability and social change.

USAP Community School

The USAP Community School is a residential 11th and 12th grade, Cambridge A-levels, boarding school that educates high-achieving, low-income Zimbabwean students to excel at the world’s top universities and return home to build society. USAP Community School was founded by Education Matters, a non-profit educational trust. We opened in January 2020, building from the USAP program, a college access program that has helped hundreds of Zimbabweans access higher education abroad over the last two decades. We focus on delivering a well-rounded education, including success in A-level sciences, a rigorous humanities core curriculum, training in research methods and community-based problem solving, as well as whole student development through extracurriculars, our Honor Code, and Quaker roots.

Warc Africa
Sierra Leone

WARC Africa’s mission is to progress to a world in which poor people can use the best of technology to generate conscious economic growth. They work to develop smart business models to enable farmers to access the best available machinery, agricultural practices, and technical advice in a way that is economically beneficial for all parties.

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