Princeton in Latin America (PiLA) offers year-long service-oriented fellowships for work in NGOs and government and community-based organizations in Latin America. Partner institutions work in microfinance, natural resource conservation, public health, education policy, and many other areas. Most placements are in Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries, but the program is hoping to secure additional opportunities in the Anglophone and Francophone Caribbean.
For each country, PiLA determines a monthly stipend to cover housing, food, and local transportation, which is paid to the fellow through contributions from the host organization and PiLA. In addition to this local salary, PiLA provides an orientation program and assistance finding health insurance and deferring student loan repayment obligations.
Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree before beginning their programs. For most positions, some knowledge of the local language (Spanish, Portuguese, or French) is necessary. Because the program is intended for graduating seniors and recent alumni/ae, it rarely considers applicants who are more than five or six years out of college.
Besides some proficiency in the language, PiLA has no set formula for selecting fellows. Its selection committee considers all aspects of an application, including academic performance, past travel and work experience, evidence of emotional maturity, and a sense of adventure.
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 late May—applicants are expected to bear these travel expenses. Fellows are also expected to cover their health insurance and travel to and from their host country.