Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Program Junior Summer Institute (JSI)

Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Program Junior Summer Institute (JSI)

About the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Program Junior Summer Institute (JSI)

The goal of the PPIA Junior Summer Institute Program is to help students achieve a Master’s or joint degree, typically in public policy, public administration, international affairs, or a related field. The organization does this through the intensive study provided by participation in a Junior Summer Institute (JSI), through partnerships with universities across the country, and through an alumni network that provides opportunities to connect with nearly 4,000 individuals who share the same interest in public service.

Each year, PPIA seeks out high-potential undergraduate students from universities across the country to participate in an intensive seven-week Junior Summer Institute (JSI) before their senior year. During their program, fellows are equipped with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in graduate school and ultimately, in influential roles serving the public good.

Once a student has successfully completed their JSI, they join an alumni network of nearly 4,000 leaders. In addition to the opportunities that this network provides for mentoring and career development, our alumni network has the opportunity to receive financial support for their graduate school education if they attend one of the programs in our Graduate School Consortium.

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:

University endorsement required?


Citizenship requirement:

U.S. citizen or permanent resident

The Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Program Junior Summer Institute (JSI) 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:

Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising  Email: More Information:

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