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About the Princeton in Africa Fellowship

A Princeton in Africa fellowship experience is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for personal and professional development and growth. It is often described as a way to get a foot in the door of the field of development on the African continent. It is also an opportunity to join a growing community of passionate PiAf alumni.

The fellowship experience varies greatly depending on placement and organization. Some Fellows work closely with a supervisor or colleague(s); others work more independently. Some Fellows work in offices that are filled with local staff; others work with a high number of expatriates. Some Fellows live in urban areas like Johannesburg and Nairobi; others are based in very rural areas with limited resources.

No matter the host organization or the location, all fellowships are 12 months long and all Fellows experience support from Princeton in Africa staff, alumni, and other Fellows. Community is a PiAf guarantee.


The Fellows cover:

  • Transportation to and from Princeton for interviews and orientation
  • $75 non-refundable application fee
  • $350 program placement fee upon acceptance of a post
  • Round-trip airfare to and from post in their host country.
  • Pre-departure medical expenses (immunizations, malaria prevention meds, personals meds, visit for completing medical release form)
  • Depending on post, Fellow may contribute to visa or work permit costs

Note: PiAf is committed to ensuring all applicants are able to participate in the program regardless of financial need. Once placed, there is an available financial aid application for Fellows with demonstrated need. Applicants with demonstrated need upon completion of their application should reach out directly to

Princeton in Africa Fellowship Organizations cover*:

  • Housing and living stipend
  • Certain visas/work permits
  • Medical, medical evacuation, security evacuation insurance
  • Pre-departure orientation housing and meals
  • Mid-year Retreat partial travel allowance and meals/housing

*Fellowship packages vary post-to-post: details will be provided in the offer letter prior to a Fellows acceptance.

Eligibility for Princeton in Africa Fellowship

  • Applicants must be young professionals or graduating seniors at the time of application
  • Applicants must have full professional English proficiency. Additionally, French is preferred at some posts
  • Applicants must be not more than 35 years of age
  • Applicants must have a passport valid through the fellowship date

In addition to all general requirements, Nexus Applicants:

  • Nexus Applicants  must have citizenship in an African Country and have current residency in an African country (applicants with dual U.S. citizenship will not be considered)
  • Nexus Applicants must have an Undergraduate Degree or a Master’s degree (or equivalent), or a Ph.D. from an African University
  • Applicants can Learn more about the Nexus Program

Incomplete Applications will not be acceptedPrinceton in Africa cannot confirm the receipt of application materials. We ask that you not call the Princeton in Africa offices.

If you have any questions specific to your application, please email after consulting our FAQ page.

All office hours are by appointment only. Make an appointment for telephone office hours with PiAf staff herePlease do not call the PiAf Office; a PiAf staff member will contact you for your appointment. Please email with any questions.

How to Apply for Princeton in Africa Fellowship

Interested Applicants can click here to apply

Application Deadline: October 26th, 2022 at 11:59 PM Eastern

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