2021-22 Princeton in Asia Fellowships Applications Now Open

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The application for 2021-22 PiA Fellowships is now open!

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Princeton in Asia (PiA) is an independent, non-profit organization affiliated with and located on campus at Princeton University. Founded by students in 1898, the program has long been driven by a mission to foster mutual appreciation and cultural understanding by connecting service-minded graduates and partner organizations in Asia through immersive work experiences that transform perspectives, cultivate long-lasting friendships and benefit local and global communities. It is PiA’s vision that through extended exposure to Asian workplaces and cultures, Fellows will develop a life-long appreciation for and engagement in this part of the world, as well as a commitment to contributing to the communities of which they find themselves a part after PiA. We like to think of PiA as “a change in perspective, a job that matters, a community for life.” 

Princeton in Asia Fellows teach in kindergartens, secondary schools, polytechnics and universities; they work with international and local nonprofits as well as some of Asia’s most innovative businesses and social enterprises; they write for newspapers and create content for news platforms with an international reach. Considering the number and diversity of the positions available, we encourage applicants of all disciplines and backgrounds to apply

For the 2021-2022 fellowship cycle, PiA will be making significant changes in response to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the road ahead is still unclear, we plan to offer a number of fellowships in 2021-22. We anticipate that some of these fellowships will be remote, some will be in-person, and some will be hybrid remote and in-person. We are working to develop the roster of available fellowships and fellowship countries, which will depend on a variety of factors, including the status of COVID-19 in-country. We will update our website with pertinent and information as soon as it is available. 

In the 2019-20 cycle, PiA offered 140 full-year fellowships in the following locations: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong S.A.R., Macau S.A.R., Taiwan, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including conditions in host countries, immigration restrictions, and quarantine requirements, there is high uncertainty as to the number of countries we will be offering fellowships in next year. We anticipate that the program will be smaller in size and scope, and we are working diligently with our host organizations to adapt to these changing and difficult circumstances.


The basic prerequisite for placement is a bachelor’s degree.

In addition:

  • All positions require professional proficiency in English, and English teaching positions require native English speaking ability. Host countries’ visa restrictions may limit our ability to place citizens of certain nationalities.
  • Asian language ability is not a prerequisite for most positions. Non-teaching positions typically require some language skills or specific academic or work experience. For requirements for specific positions, please refer to the “Our Fellowships” section of our website.
  • All applicants should have a valid passport by January 2021. For visa purposes, your passport should be valid for 18 months from your date of arrival in Asia. If you do not have a passport or your passport will expire soon, we encourage you to apply for or renew your passport now. Please note that as of September 3, 2020, the United States has suspended expedited passport processing, and notes that applicants should expect delays in routine processing due to COVID-19.
  • Applicants selected for an interview will be asked to complete an interview in January or February via online video call.
  • All applicants who receive placement in a teaching position will be asked to complete our TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification course. Historically, PiA’s TEFL training took place over one weekend on Princeton University’s campus. However, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are developing virtual TEFL training options. More information will be provided when it is available. You are not required to have any level of TEFL training/experience prior to applying to PiA. 
  • All applicants who accept offers from Princeton in Asia must complete PiA’s Orientation. In the past, PiA Orientation took place over one long weekend on Princeton University’s campus. In response to the COVID-19 situation, PiA is developing virtual Orientation alternatives. More information on the Orientation program, including timing, will be provided when it becomes available. 


  • Application fee: $30. We can accept payment by credit/debit card via PayPal. Application fee waivers are available upon request. Contact [email protected] to request a waiver.
  • Fellow contribution to travel medical and emergency evacuation insurance: $550. Paid via credit/debit card or check upon acceptance of a PiA fellowship. This contribution represents a fraction of the total cost of an insurance premium for the duration of a fellowship. Some full or partial contribution waivers are available upon request.
  • Vaccination and pre-departure health expenses.
  • Visa application fees and transportation fees to the nearest embassy for most positions.
  • Round-trip transportation to Asia for most positions.

PiA is dedicated to offering these experiences to as diverse and talented an applicant pool as possible. Though PiA has limited resources, financial assistance in the form of application fee waivers, Fellow contribution waivers, and travel grants is offered on a case-by-case basis. We will work with each applicant to ensure that financial considerations do not preclude anyone from applying for or participating in these opportunities.

Application Deadline: Monday, November 9, 2020

To request an application fee waiver, please contact [email protected]