Princeton in Asia

About the Program

Founded in 1898, Princeton in Asia (PiA) has been building bridges between the U.S. and Asia for over a century. PiA’s original mission is as meaningful and urgent today as it was 119 years ago. The need to educate Americans about Asia and to help Asian communities better understand the United States has never been higher. PiA is dedicated to offering these experiences to as diverse and talented an applicant pool as possible. Princeton in Asia will work with each applicant to ensure that financial considerations do not preclude anyone from applying or participating in these service opportunities.  


  • Bachelor's degree
  • TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) experience which can be fulfilled through 20 hours of class or volunteer tutoring
  • Native English speaking ability
  • Asian language ability not necessary for most teaching positions; non-teaching positions typically require some language skill or specific academic or work experience
  • Must attend orientation at Princeton in May


  • Application fee: $50
  • Transportation and housing expenses for trips to interviews in January or February and to Princeton, NJ in mid-May for orientation. (Housing, however, will be arranged for you during orientation.)
  • $350 contribution paid upon acceptance of a PiA posting. This contribution represents only a fraction of the total costs of arranging a fellowship. Payment is mandatory for all accepted fellows.
  • Vaccination and pre-departure health expenses.
  • Visa application fees.
  • Round-trip transportation to Asia for most positions.
  • TEFL certification course where applicable

Application Procedure

  • Hard copy
  • Application Fee: $50--checks payable to Princeton in Asia.
  • A completed PiA application form.
  • Three completed essays
  • One short video
  • Two copies of your resume (one page in length) including your current and permanent addresses and phone numbers. Tailor your resume for PiA purposes, highlighting previous teaching, travel, Asian language proficiency, and cross-cultural experience. Applicants for workplace and technical-teaching (Singapore) positions should detail their coursework and work experience as appropriate.
  • All official college transcripts (as recent as possible).
  • One letter of reference, including the phone number and email address of the writer, plus contact information for a second reference. We prefer at least one employer reference, if possible.
  • Contact information for a second reference (phone number & email). We prefer at least one employer reference, if possible.
  • One photocopy of your currently valid passport information page (which includes passport number, period of validity, etc.). If your passport is due to expire within 18 months, begin the renewal process now.All applicants must have a valid passport by interviews in January.
  • Four passport photos with your name printed on the back of each and put in an envelope. Digital photo printouts or photocopies are not acceptable.


Application Deadline

Campus and national deadlines fall in November. Applicants are notified that their applications have been received in early December, and selected applicants are notified of their interview date and time later that month.

Each applicant is required to meet with fellowships director, Kelli Delaney in Howarth 114 (send an email to for an appointment).

See the Princeton in Asia website for more.