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Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship Program

Goes By: PPIA

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PPIA Deadline
Wednesday, November 15, 2023

About this Fellowship

PPIA is a fully-funded seven-week long summer program for college juniors to study at one of five Junior Summer Institutes (JSI) in areas of public service and international affairs. The JSI curriculum includes economics, statistics, domestic/international policy issues and leadership topics, all designed to sharpen the students' quantitative, analytic and communication skills. The ultimate goal of PPIA is to prepare students for graduate school in public policy, public administration, international affairs, or a related field.

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. During their program, fellows 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 a student has 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, our alumni network has the opportunity to receive financial support for their graduate school education if they attend one of the programs in the Graduate School Consortium.

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 as well. 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 to qualify for graduate school benefits.

Students who are selected for the Junior Summer Institute cohort will study on the campus of one of five participating universities:

-Carnegie Mellon University

-Harvard Kennedy School

-Princeton University

-University of California, Berkeley

-University of Michigan

-University of Washington

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Award Value

Full tuition at a PPIA JSI, $1,500 stipend (funding determined by each JSI), university housing and meal plan, books and course materials, minimum of a one-time $5,000 scholarship at a PPIA graduate school if admitted for a Master's degree (PPIA Fellows often receive offers above and beyond this minimum), fee waiver when applying for PPIA Graduate School Consortium members, eligibility to receive assistance with travel expenses.

Eligibility Requirements

Requirements Details
Year(s) of Application Junior


Campus Nomination Required No

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