PPIA Fellowship for International Students

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PPIA Fellowship for International Students

The Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) is pleased to announce the PPIA Fellowship. Each year, PPIA seeks out high-potential undergraduate students from universities across the country to participate in an intensive seven-week Junior Summer Institute (JSI) before their senior year.

This fellowship is open to international students who are currently studying at U.S. institutions and may be accepted to study at select U.S. institutions. The goal of the PPIA Fellowship is to help students achieve a Master’s or joint degree, typically in public policy, public administration, international affairs or a related field.

Who May Eligible:

  • If you are a United States citizen or legal permanent resident you are eligible to apply to all JSI programs.
  • International students, who are currently studying at U.S. institutions are eligible to apply and may be accepted to study at select U.S. institutions.
  • Students with DACA are also welcome to apply.
  • Applicants must have an expected graduation date between December 2019 and August 2020.
  • Must not have attained a bachelor’s degree before the start of Junior Summer Institute.
  • 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 services 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 considered during the review of applications.
  • All academic majors are welcome to apply!

How to Apply & Competition Rules:

To participate, the applicants must submit an online application form through the given link: https://www.ppiaprogram.org/ppia/what-we-do/junior-summer-institutes/how-to-apply/


  • Requesting Letters of Recommendation: You will submit the names and contact information for two people who will be submitting letters on your behalf.
  • One letter should be from someone familiar with your educational accomplishments (i.e. professor, academic advisor, etc.).
  • One letter should be from someone familiar with your public service activities or interests.
  • Once you submit this information, an email will be sent to the individuals with instructions for writing and submitting their letter.
  • These letters will be submitted through our online system but it is your responsibility to remain in contact with the individuals you ask for letters of recommendation and ensure they submit those letters by the November 1 deadline.
  • A key part of your application is a form that captures information about you, your educational background, and financial situation. To complete this you will need the following information:
    • Percent breakdown of college costs being paid by loans, grants, parents/guardians, yourself, and/or other sources.
    • Your parent/guardian’s gross income and savings/assets from the previous year.
    • Your gross income and savings/assets from the previous year.
    • Unofficial academic transcript from all colleges or universities that you have attended so that you can enter information about relevant courses and GPA.
    • Your preferred ranking for the Junior Summer Institutes.
  • All applicants are required to submit information about his or her work history and volunteer experience as well as Personal Statements Parts I through Parts IV
  • If you are applying to UC Berkeley’s Law program and/or Carnegie Mellon’s Policy and Data Analytics JSI you will be required to submit an additional essay.
  • For more information about each of these statements click here.
  • All statement lengths are listed assuming you are working with a standard word document that is single-spaced with 1-inch margins.

Submission Requirements:

To complete your application you will need to submit the following documents (as applicable):

  • A copy of your current resume (Should be uploaded as a PDF).
  • Unofficial academic transcript from all colleges or universities that you have attended.
  • Note: Students who are accepted to the Junior Summer Institutes will be required to submit official academic transcripts. (PDF preferred, .doc or .jpg also accepted).
  • A copy of your financial aid award letter for 2018-2019 (PDF preferred, .doc or .jpg also accepted).
  • Student Aid Report (SAR) (PDF preferred, .doc or .jpg also accepted). Or Parent/Guardian’s tax forms for 2017 if you are not receiving financial aid (PDF preferred, .doc or .jpg also accepted).


  • Full tuition at a PPIA Junior Summer Institute.
  • Eligibility to receive assistance with travel expenses.
  • A stipend of up to $1,500 (funding determined by each JSI).
  • University housing with a meal plan.
  • Books and related course materials at your JSI.
  • Each JSI may offer additional benefits, such as GRE preparation, at their discretion. Please check with each JSI about any additional benefits.
  • Minimum of a one-time $5,000 scholarship 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 members of the PPIA Graduate School Consortium.

Application Deadline:

The deadline to apply for summer 2019 is November 1, 2018.

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