Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) fellowships provide a series of educational and developmental programs for rising seniors from diverse backgrounds who intend to pursue a master’s degree in public policy, public administration, and/or international affairs. Fellows are expected to complete a PPIA Junior Summer Institute before their senior year in college, attain a graduate degree from a PPIA consortium school, and pursue a public service-related career.
Each PPIA fellowship provides for tuition and a $1,000 stipend for participation in the Junior Summer Institute, plus a minimum of $5,000 toward tuition at the recipient’s graduate school. PPIA fellows often receive graduate school financial offers above this minimum. PPIA encourages its fellows to gain practical professional experience through internships, and to this end it offers access to various organizations with paid internship opportunities.
Candidates must generally be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who will have completed their junior year of college by the start of the Junior Summer Institute and who have at least one full semester remaining after the institute session to complete their bachelor’s degree. Candidates must also be committed to completing a master’s degree in an appropriate field at a consortium school and demonstrate an interest in pursuing a professional career associated with public service and/or the public sector.
All eligible individuals from all majors and other backgrounds are welcome to apply. However, financial need is considered among selection criteria—all other factors being equal, students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds will receive extra consideration. Similarly, students will be considered more favorably if they can demonstrate involvement with diverse communities or convey how their cross-cultural experiences can enable them to contribute to PPIA’s goal of building a diverse and more representative generation of leaders in public policy and international affairs.