Princeton in Africa

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Princeton in Africa (PiAf) is a nonprofit organization that selects recent college graduates to work as Princeton in Africa fellows at a variety of organizations in Africa. PiAf places graduating seniors and young alumni of all non-profit colleges and universities in the U.S. who seek to serve other nations. Princeton in Africa fellows accept yearlong service fellowships in numerous fields, including humanitarian aid, public health, education, conservation, social entrepreneurship, and microfinance.

Princeton in Africa is registered in the United States as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


Princeton in Africa was founded in 1999 by a group of Princeton alumni, faculty and staff as an independent support organization of Princeton University.[1]


In 2014-15, Princeton in Africa has 49 fellows from 35 American colleges and universities pursuing fellowships with 30 partner organizations in 16 countries.

Princeton in Africa fellows serve in numerous fields, including:

  • Humanitarian aid
  • Public health
  • Education
  • Conservation
  • Post-conflict reconstruction
  • Social entrepreneurship

Fellow selection and placement[edit]

Princeton in Africa fellows are selected following a highly rigorous and lengthy selection process. Candidates must submit a written application, professional or academic references, and an academic transcript. The process continues with interviews by Princeton in Africa staff, board members, and alums. At the next stage, several potential fellows are presented to our partner organizations for their review and selection. Once fellows are chosen, Princeton in Africa provides all outgoing fellows with a pre-departure orientation and other assistance to help prepare fellows for their year in Africa. Ongoing professional support is provided to fellows throughout their fellowship year, and fellows provide quarterly reports regarding their work.

Fellows are matched with partner organizations based on their recent studies, their prior experience and capabilities and, where appropriate, their technical knowledge. Placements for fellows generally last for 12 months and begin between June and August. Positions have included assisting program officers, writing grant proposals, drafting annual reports, collecting and analyzing scientific data, monitoring projects in the field, representing organizations at coordination meetings, reviewing proposals for funding of local organizations, strengthening institutional capacities of local partners, teaching English, math, science, or basic health, entrepreneurial advice to local partners, guiding donors in the field, etc.

Partner organization selection[edit]

Princeton in Africa partner organizations also undergo an application and review process.

Organizations interested in partnering with Princeton in Africa complete a partnership application to be reviewed by the Princeton in Africa Program Committee, which includes staff and board members. References are checked and the partner organization’s operations in Africa are often visited by Princeton in Africa staff before a fellowship placement is finalized.


Fellows have been placed in:

Host organizations[edit]

  • African Cashew Alliance
  • African Impact
  • African Leadership Academy
  • African School of Economics
  • Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI)
  • The BOMA Project
  • Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT)
  • Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)
  • eleQtra (InfraCo)
  • Equal Education
  • Gardens for Health International
  • Global Shea Alliance
  • Hope Through Health (HTH)
  • Indigenous Education Foundation of Tanzania (IEFT)
  • Imani Development
  • International Rescue Committee (IRC)
  • The Kasiisi Project
  • Kucetekela Foundation
  • Lutheran World Federation
  • Maru-a-Pula
  • Mpala Research Centre and Wildlife Foundation
  • mothers2mothers
  • Nyumbani Village
  • Olam International
  • Plan International
  • Population Services International (PSI)
  • Sanergy
  • The Rwanda School Project
  • Village Enterprise
  • UN World Food Programme


Recently, Princeton in Africa fellows have:

  • Led an Africa-wide conference on women’s issues and coordinated political party and legislative training in Sudan
  • Run cultural orientation programs to prepare Eritrean and Somali refugees for re-settlement in the US
  • Provided microloans to help farmers in Kenya increase their production and profits
  • Taught primary and secondary school students English, math, science, computer literacy, and basic health
  • Conceived and implemented a community outreach program for health clinics in Lesotho
  • Founded a library and solicited donations of about 5,000 books for primary schools across Tanzania [2]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Princeton in Africa | About Archived 13 February 2011 at WebCite
  2. ^ Princeton in Africa | Fellows Archived 13 February 2011 at WebCite