Future Public Servants Apply Now: PPIA Program Junior Summer Institute Fellowship

Sep 14, 2023

Junior Summer Institute Fellowship Fellows

Sponsored by Public Policy & International Affairs Program

Apply Now – Public Policy & International Affairs Program (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute Fellowship

Are you a diverse changemaker committed to a career in public policy or international affairs? Are you a junior currently enrolled in college or university?  Apply now for the Junior Summer Institute (JSI) Fellowship, PPIA Program’s rigorous graduate-level preparation program for undergraduate juniors committed to public service careers. 

The JSI Fellowship is a fully-funded opportunity that equips fellows with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in graduate school and, ultimately, in influential roles serving the public good. 

The JSI curriculum includes economics, statistics, domestic/international policy issues, and leadership topics, all designed to sharpen the students’ quantitative, analytic, and communication skills. These skills are vital for admission into top public and international affairs graduate programs. The successful completion of a summer institute is a requirement for PPIA Fellows to qualify for graduate school benefits.

Once students have completed their JSI, they join an alumni network of more than 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.

Apply by November 1st  

Students who are selected for the 2024 JSI cohort will study on the campus of one of our seven participating universities:

  • Carnegie Mellon University – Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy
  • Harvard Kennedy School – John F. Kennedy School of Government
  • Princeton University – School of Public and International Affairs
  • University of California, Berkeley – Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy
  • University of Michigan – Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
  • University of Minnesota – Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • University of Washington – Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance

JSI Fellowship Program Eligibility

  • If you are a United States citizen, legal permanent resident, or DACA recipient you are eligible to apply to all JSI programs. 
  • International students are eligible for select JSI Programs – Carnegie Mellon, Princeton, and University of Washington – and must be enrolled in a U.S. based college or university.
  • Applicants must have an expected graduation date between December 2024 and August 2025.
  • Economic need is given consideration during the review of applications.
  • All academic majors are welcome to apply!

JSI Fellowship Program Benefits

  • Full tuition at a PPIA Junior Summer Institute.
  • Eligibility to receive assistance with JSI travel expenses.
  • A stipend for incidentals not covered during your JSI. 
  • University housing with most meals covered.
  • Books and related course materials at your JSI.
  • Each JSI may offer additional benefits, such as GRE preparation and study resources.
  • Minimum of a one-time $5,000 fellowship at a PPIA graduate school if admitted for a Master’s degree. PPIA Fellows often receive financial offers above and beyond this minimum from their graduate program.
  • Fee waiver when applying to schools that are PPIA Graduate School Consortium members.

Apply By November 1, 2023

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