Princeton in Africa

Founded in 1999, Princeton in Africa develops young leaders committed to Africa’s advancement by offering yearlong fellowship opportunities with a variety of organizations that work across the African continent.

Since our launch in 1999, PiAf has placed 545 Fellows in 36 countries. This year, 48 recent college graduates (from 31 colleges and universities) are working with 31 organizations in 13 African countries.

Service for a Year

Princeton in Africa matches talented and passionate college graduates with organizations working across Africa for yearlong service placements. The program is open to graduating seniors and young alumni from any college or university accredited in the U.S. Our Fellows have helped improve education and public health, source fresh water and alternative energy, increase family incomes, and so much more.


Young alumni and graduating seniors from any college or university accredited in the United States are eligible to apply. Prior experience in Africa is not a prerequisite.

Period of Study

Fellowships are 12 months long. Depending on the organizations where they are placed, Fellows will begin work between June and September and will complete their fellowship one year later, between June and September. This timing largely depends on the needs of the fellowship organizations; please let the program know early on if you have specific preferences in terms of timing but note that these preferences cannot always be accommodated. You must be prepared to make a 12-month commitment when applying to PiAf.


Princeton in Africa/fellowship organizations aim to cover:

  • On the ground expenses, including housing and living stipend.
  • Medical, medical evacuation, and security evacuation insurance.
  • Housing and meals for pre-departure orientation for all Fellows.
  • Mid-year retreat in Africa (including partial travel grant for travel to and from the retreat location).


The application for the 2019-2020 Princeton in Africa fellowship will be available on August 24th, 2018.


The deadline for the 2019-20 fellowship application is October 28, 2018 at 11:59pm EDT. 

Additional information and application materials can be found on the Princeton in Africa website


Class Year

  • Senior
  • Recent Graduate
  • Post-baccalaureate


  • Arts
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • International Affairs
  • Public Affairs/Government
  • Social Sciences
  • STEM
  • Multiple


  • English
  • Non English


  • Yearlong

Program Type

  • Post-Graduate
  • Professional
  • Public Service


  • Africa

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