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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. 

PiAf Fellows work in many different sectors, including international humanitarian aid, public & community health, business & economic development, agricultural development, and education & youth capacity building. Many of our fellowship organizations are also led by social entrepreneurs.

Our host organizations include the African Leadership Academy, Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative, Emerging Public Leaders, International Rescue Committee, the International Livestock Research Institute and many other organizations – both large and small - doing remarkable work around the African continent. Princeton in Africa expects to offer approximately 40 fellowships in about 17 countries in the 2023-24 fellowship year. Since its launch in 1999, PiAf has placed nearly 700 Fellows in 37 countries across the continent. 

Princeton in Africa Fellows serve organizations in a variety of sectors and fill roles within the organizations including Communications, Research, Business Development, Financial Analysis, Grant Writing, Program Management and Monitoring and Evaluation. Fellowships offer an incredible opportunity for personal and professional development, skill building and launching a meaningful career.


In 2023, Princeton in Africa is expanding our model to pilot Nexus! Princeton in Africa Nexus will pair 5 Nexus Fellows, who are citizens of African countries educated and resident on the African continent, with 5 Fellows educated at U.S. accredited institutions in the same fellowship host organizations on the African continent for a co-fellow exchange of skills, knowledge, leadership, and technical expertise. All Nexus applicants must be citizens of an African country who are residing on the African continent and who are recent graduates or graduating seniors of a bachelor's, master's or PhD program at an African university. The Nexus is an addition to PiAf’s signature fellowship program tailored for young leaders educated at U.S.-accredited institutions.

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 6th-7th and 10th-13th, 2023.

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 young professionals or graduating seniors at the time of application
  • Applicants must be graduates of a U.S. accredited University General Fellowship) OR have a degree from an African University (Pilot Nexus Program)
  • Applicants must have full professional English proficiency. Additionally, French is preferred at some posts 
  • Applicants must be not more than 35 years of age
  • Applicants must have a passport valid through the fellowship date

In addition to all general requirements, Nexus Applicants:

  • Nexus Applicants  must have citizenship in an African Country and have current residency in an African country (applicants with dual U.S. citizenship will not be considered)
  • Nexus Applicants must have an Undergraduate Degree or a Master’s degree (or equivalent), or a Ph.D. from an African 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.