Syracuse University

Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising

Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Program

About the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Program

The PPIA Program promotes the inclusion and full participation of underrepresented groups in public service and to advance their leadership roles throughout our civic institutions serving domestic and international affairs. To fulfill this mission, the program offers intensive, preparatory coursework for rising college seniors intent on completing a Master’s degree in either public or international affairs. PPIA Fellows spend the summer between their junior and senior years at one of the Junior Summer Institutes (JSI) studying economics, statistics, domestic/international policy issues and leadership topics. All coursework is designed to strengthen students’ quantitative, analytic and communication skills. The program, lasting seven weeks, also includes extracurricular activities with other members of the cohort (20-30 students per host institution). Benefits include all costs of the program, including housing, travel, tuition, supplies, and meal vouchers, as well as a small stipend and a one-time graduate scholarship of $5,000 (provided the Fellow completed the program and enrolls in a PPIA partner institution). Applicants from all majors of study are welcome to apply.

Location of award, if applicable: Various U.S. institutions

Eligible applicants:

– must be committed to completing a Master’s degree in public or international affairs at one of the PPIA Consortium graduate schools
– must be a rising senior
– must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident (but international students studying at U.S. institutions may apply to the UC Berkeley or Princeton University programs)

University endorsement required?


Citizenship requirement:

U.S. citizen or permanent resident

The Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Program application process:

Review the information on the program website to get a better understanding on the requirements, eligibility and application process. Read the descriptions of the themes of the different institutes to identify the one that is a good fit for your academic goals.

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

The application is available online in August. Complete the online preliminary application form to confirm your eligibility and to be given access to the full application.

Application components include:
– completed online application
– two recommendation letters
– current resume
– transcript(s)
– a copy of your financial aid award letter
– personal statements

The application deadline is in early November.

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

Advising contact:

Jolynn Parker  Email: More Information:

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