PPIA Fellowship Program

Helps students achieve a Master's Degree or joint degree, typically in public policy, public administration, international affairs or a related field.

The Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship Program helps students achieve a Master's Degree or joint degree, typically in public policy, public administration, international affairs or a related field. The organization does this through the intensive study provided by participation in a Junior Summer Institute (JSI), through partnerships with universities across the country, and through an alumni network that provides opportunities to connect with nearly 4,000 individuals who share the same interest in public service.

The entry point for the PPIA Fellowship Program is attendance at a Junior Summer Institutes (JSI). Each year, this national program selects an elite group of students to participate in the Junior Summer Institutes, where these high-potential individuals are equipped with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in graduate school and ultimately, in influential roles serving the public good.

Once students have successfully completed their JSI, they join an alumni network of nearly 4,000 leaders. In addition to the opportunities that this network provides for mentoring and career development, members of the JSI alumni network have the opportunity to receive financial support for their graduate school education if they attend one of the programs in the PPIA's Graduate School Consortium.

The PPIA Junior Summer Institutes (JSI) have been the hallmark of the PPIA Fellowship Program for over 30 years. JSI is an intensive seven-week summer program that focuses on preparing students for graduate programs in public and international affairs and careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service. The JSI curriculum includes economics, statistics, domestic/international policy issues and leadership topics, all designed to sharpen the students' quantitative, analytic and communication skills. Extracurricular activities are also included. These skills are vital for admission into the top graduate programs in public and international affairs. The successful completion of a summer institute is a requirement for PPIA Fellows.

JSI take place at UC Berkeley, Michigan,  Carnegie Mellon, and Princeton.

Deadline Information

National Deadline: Thursday, November 1, 2018

Eligibility Requirements

All prospective PPIA Fellows are expected to dedicate themselves to the traditions and objectives of the PPIA Fellowship Program, have an abiding commitment to public service and contribute to more diverse perspectives in public policy and international affairs. The following are more specific criteria and guidelines:

  • Students must be planning to graduate from a US undergraduate institution.
  • US Citizens and legal permanent residents are eligible to apply to all JSI programs. Students who are not US Residents or legal permanent residents are considered "international applicants" and will only be considered for the JSI programs at Carnegie Mellon University and Princeton University.
  • Applicants must have completed their third year of college by the start of Junior Summer Institute (JSI) and have at least one full semester or two quarters of coursework remaining before graduation.
  • Must be committed to completing a Master's Degree in public and/or international affairs at one of the PPIA Consortium graduate schools.
  • Must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a professional career associated with public service such as government, nonprofits, humanitarian and international organizations and other related programs.
  • Must be interested in contributing to the diversity of perspectives present in the PPIA Fellowship Program.
  • Economic need is given consideration during the review of applications.
  • All academic majors are welcome to apply.