Syracuse University

Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising

Princeton in Asia

About the 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’s mission is 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.
PiA arranges fellowships and internships with Asian host organizations that contribute to important global issues at the local level: education, public health, environmental sustainability, access to information/media, economic development and social justice. Some of the countries where current PiA fellows are working include: Cambodia, China, East Timor, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, The Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Special Location of award, if applicable: Asia

Eligible applicants:

– are college seniors or recent graduates
– English teaching positions require native English speaking ability
– Asian language ability is not a prerequisite for most positions

University endorsement required?

No

Citizenship requirement:

No citizenship requirement

The Princeton in Asia application process:


Start by reviewing the scholarship website for details on eligibility and other requirements to determine whether it is a good fit for your academic and career goals.

Contact your mentor(s) and CFSA to discuss your plans to apply.

Applications open on the PiA website in early September
Application components include:
– the online application form
– three essays (the prompts can be found on the website)
– one “put yourself out there” reflection (instructions on this can be found on the website as well)
– one short video about yourself (the prompt can be found on the website)
– an official transcript
– one letter of reference, ideally from someone who has supervised you in a relevant professional or academic environment
– $60 application fee

Applications are due in mid November

Interested? Contact CFSA for more information on how to get started

Advising contact:

Jolynn Parker  Email:  jmpark02@syr.edu
More Information:  https://piaweb.princeton.edu/

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