Princeton in Asia (PiA) offers year-long service-oriented fellowships in eighteen Asian countries in the fields of education, international development, environmental advocacy, journalism, law, and business, with a majority of fellows working as English teachers at universities and high schools.
In addition to local salary, each PiA fellowship provides an orientation program, group medical insurance, and assistance with student loan repayment deferments. PiA may also provide grants for pre-fellowship language training, on a selective basis. Airfare and other travel expenses are generally the responsibility of each fellow.
Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree before beginning their programs. For English teaching positions, candidates must also have experience teaching English as a second language and also have native fluency in spoken English. Asian language ability is generally expected for non-teaching positions, but not necessary for English teaching positions.
In selecting fellows, PiA looks for open-minded, self-motivated, enthusiastic, and hardworking individuals. Previous travel and cross-cultural experience is helpful but not essential. A patient and flexible outlook toward career decisions is also beneficial.
Please note: There is a $50 application fee for this program. All applicants must be able to travel to Princeton University for interviews in January of the application year, and all recipients must attend a weekend orientation at Princeton in the summer prior to departure for Asia—applicants are expected to bear these travel expenses. Fellows are also expected to contribute $350 to overall program costs, and to cover their travel to and from the host country in many cases.