Princeton in Asia
Princeton in Asia (PiA) is an independent, non-profit organization affiliated with and located on campus at Princeton University. Founded by students in 1898, the program has long been driven by a mission to foster mutual appreciation and cultural understanding by connecting service-minded graduates and partner organizations in Asia through immersive work experiences that transform perspectives, cultivate long-lasting friendships and benefit local and global communities. It is PiA’s vision that through extended exposure to Asian workplaces and cultures, Fellows will develop a life-long appreciation for and engagement in this part of the world, as well as a commitment to contributing to the communities of which they find themselves a part after PiA. We like to think of PiA as “a change in perspective, a job that matters, a community for life.”
For the 2018-2019 academic year, PiA expects to offer approximately 135 full-year fellowships in the following locations: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Macau SAR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, The Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.
Princeton in Asia Fellows teach in kindergartens, secondary schools, polytechnics and universities; they work with international and local nonprofits as well as some of Asia’s most innovative businesses and social enterprises; they write for newspapers and create content for news platforms with an international reach. Due to the size and diversity of the positions available, we encourage applicants of all disciplines and backgrounds to apply.
National Deadline: Thursday, November 9, 2017
PiA applicants are generally college seniors or recent graduates. Please remember that this is a fellowship program, and that the emphasis of a PiA fellowship is contributing to your community and cultural immersion. Though a local stipend will be provided, a position with PiA is generally not a moneymaking venture. Working hours and vacation time vary greatly among the diverse PiA offerings. Some teaching fellowships require fewer teaching hours and provide longer vacations, allowing fellows the opportunity to pursue intensive language study or other personal projects. Workplace fellowships, however, provide less vacation time and generally require longer hours.
The basic prerequisite for placement is a bachelor’s degree. In addition:
- English teaching positions require native English speaking ability.
- Asian language ability is not a prerequisite for most positions. Non-teaching positions typically require some language skills or specific academic or work experience.
- All applicants MUST be able to attend one of our interview sessions in January. Interview will be located at Princeton University as well as in select cities on the East Coast, Midwest, and West Coast. Applicants who are based outside of the continental U.S. are eligible for interviews via Skype.
- All applicants who receive placement in a teaching position MUST attend the 20-hour TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification course held April 20-22, 2018 at Princeton University. Attendance at TEFL is mandatory for all Fellows who receive teaching positions on PiA.
- All applicants who receive placement MUST attend PiA orientation held May 18-21, 2018 at Princeton University.
- Application fee: $60. We can only accept payment by check or by credit card, debit card, or Paypal on our Online Application Portal.
- Transportation and housing expenses for trips to interviews in January.
- Transportation expenses to Princeton, NJ in mid-April for TEFL and mid-May for orientation. Housing and most meals will be arranged for you during these weekends.
- Fellow contribution: $550. Paid upon acceptance of a PiA fellowship. This contribution represents only a small fraction of the total costs of arranging a fellowship. Payment is mandatory for all Fellows.
- Vaccination and pre-departure health expenses.
- Visa application fees.
- Round-trip transportation to Asia for most positions.
PiA is dedicated to offering these experiences to as diverse and talented an applicant pool as possible. Though PiA has limited resources, financial aid is offered on a case-by-case basis. We will work with each applicant to ensure that financial considerations do not preclude anyone from applying for or participating in these opportunities.
Thank you for applying for the 2018-19 Princeton in Asia Fellowships! Our application period starts on August 18, 2017. The deadline for submission of application materials is Thursday, November 9th, 2017.
Please download the 2018-19 Application Guide for application instructions, an application checklist, essay prompts, and application timeline.
Click here to access our Online Application Portal and start your application. Your online application must be completed by November 9th, 2017, at 11:59 P.M. EST.
Please note that PiA requires the following hard-copy materials to be postmarked by November 9th, 2017 and mailed to the PiA office:
- One official transcript
- One letter of reference, ideally from someone who has supervised you in a relevant professional or academic environment.