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Princeton in Africa (PiAf) is a year-long fellowship program that sends recent graduates and young professionals from US universities to work in various sectors across the African continent. 

This year, they have 48 Fellows working with 31 businesses and organisations in 18 African countries. Over the past 20 years, they have placed over 600 Fellows in 36 countries across Africa working with organisations including the International Rescue Committee, Clinton Health Access Initiative, and African Leadership Academy. Fellowship posts include opportunities in M&E, computer science, public health, youth empowerment, grant-writing, film & photography, and communications. 

The fellowship experience varies greatly depending on placement and organisation. Some Fellows work closely with a supervisor or colleague(s); others work more independently. Some Fellows work in offices that are filled with local staff; others work with a high number of expatriates. Some Fellows live in urban areas like Johannesburg and Nairobi; others are based in very rural areas with limited resources.

No matter the host organisation or the location, all fellowships are 12 months long and all Fellows experience support from Princeton in Africa staff, alumni, and other Fellows. Community is a PiAf guarantee.

Application Requirements

  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcript(s)
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Letter of recommendation
  • $75 Application Fee
  • Complete Online Application

What else is required?If invited, availability for a virtual interview during one of the interview sessions, taking place January 7th-9th and 14th-15th, 2022.

Note: Princeton in Africa is committed to ensuring that all applicants are able to participate in the fellowship program regardless of financial need.  Once placed with a fellowship organisation, PiAf has a financial aid application for Fellows with demonstrated need. PiAf will work with applicants to ensure that financial considerations do not prevent any applicant selected for a fellowship from participating.


  • Open to young professionals and graduating seniors
  • Applicants must be graduates of a US accredited University


Princeton in Africa/fellowship organisations cover:

  • On the ground expenses, including housing and living stipend
  • Certain visas/work permits
  • Medical, medical evacuation, security evacuation insurance
  • Pre-departure orientation housing and meals
  • Mid-year Retreat partial travel allowance and meals/housing

About 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, we have had nearly 600 Fellows in 36 countries. This year, 48 recent college graduates are working with organizations in 18 African countries. Princeton in Africa matches talented and passionate college graduates with organizations working across Africa for yearlong service placements. Our 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.