September 2022 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

Spread the Word – 2023-24 Fellowship Application is Open!

On August 31st, 2022, PiAf launched its application for the 2023-24 fellowship year. The deadline to apply is October 26th at 11:59 PM EST. For the 2023-24 Fellowship cycle, PiAf is proud to launch our Nexus Pilot Program, where we will pair 5 Africa Fellows who are citizens of African countries educated and resident on the African continent, with 5 Fellows educated at U.S. accredited institutions in the same fellowship host organizations on the African continent.

We are also proud to say that starting with the 2023-24 fellowship year, all applicants (for both the General and/or Nexus program) can apply to our renowned fellowship program without a fee. PiAf has eliminated our $75 application fee. We could not have made this advancement to our program without the commitment and generosity of our supporters and partners. With this application fee elimination, we hope to reach more qualified applicants from across the U.S. and the African continent.

Are you looking for a unique, one-year paid work experience on the African continent? Know any young professionals who may be interested in beginning or advancing their careers with a PiAf fellowship?

Learn more and apply here.

Read more about Nexus here.

PiAf Thanks our Donors

To thank our dedicated supporters through the years, PiAf hosted a Donor Appreciation Night, hosted at the lovely New York City home of Board Member David Huntington and his wife Susanna Huntington. We cannot thank our donors enough for their commitment to our mission and to the growing PiAf community.

Special thanks to Kamila Radjabova (2021-2022 Fellow with Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative, Botswana) and Catherine Blizzard (2021-2022 Fellow with Mount Elgon Ecosystem Trust (MEET), Kenya) for their moving words about their fellowship experiences.

Damilola Akinyele Attends African Union events at the UN General Assembly

On September 19th, 2022, Executive Director Damilola Akinyele spoke on the African Union Panel: “Harnessing the Potential of Africa’s Youth to Transform the Continent”, part of the AU’s launch of EnergizeAfrica.

EnergizeAfrica focuses on young professionals on the African continent, enhancing Africa’s public sector, stimulating solution-focused research and development, and expanding entrepreneurial opportunities for young Africans. Africa is the youngest continent in the world, with 40 percent of its population aged 15 years and younger.

Princeton in Africa is proud to be part of this launch and looks forward to our continued engagement with the African Union. Please read more about EnergizeAfrica here.

2022 Board Matching Campaign: Coming soon

Match our Board Member’s Commitment!

In 2021, Princeton in Africa received an overwhelming amount of support from our network of like-minded individuals. Thanks to your commitment to our mission, we raised $15K from our Board of Directors and $15K from the public. These funds have been integral to Princeton in Africa’s mission of developing the young leaders of tomorrow.

In 2022, our dedicated Board of Directors generously pledged $25K in support of this year’s Board matching campaign. The 2022 Board Matching Campaign will launch on October 6th, 2022. Be sure that you are subscribed to this newletter and the bimonthly Fellows Flyer, follow us on our social media platforms so you do not miss an update, and get ready to support PiAf!

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Warm Regards,
The PiAf Team

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