Princeton in Latin America

Campus deadline:  November 1 (Application, letters of recommendation, and transcript/s turned in to Fellowships office Howarth 114)

National deadline:  November 20

Eligibility requirements

  • Graduating seniors
  • Young alumni under 30
  • For most positions, some knowledge of the local language (Spanish, Portuguese, or French) is necessary. In addition, applicants who feel that they might need to strengthen their language skills may indicate that they plan on taking language classes prior to starting their fellowship. Please note that while we do not reject applicants who have little Spanish, our program, because of the work you will be doing, emphasizes solid language skills. However, our new teaching positions do not require fluency; you should make note of your interest in those on the applications forms.
  • Required new fellow orientation held at Princeton

Award summary and conditions: Mission Statement:Princeton in Latin America (PiLA) is a nonprofit organization that provides year-long service work and non-profit sector fellowships in Latin America to current undergraduates and recent alumni. PiLA opens the doors to career paths, personal enrichment, and understanding service as an effective way to address social needs. A year devoted to service work offers students an extraordinary opportunity to become familiar with a region experiencing significant development. PiLA fellowships enable students to extend the benefits of a Princeton education beyond the classroom and join a group of motivated citizens with a lifelong commitment to Latin America. In the spirit of Princeton's informal motto "In the Nation's service and the service of all Nations," the work of these graduates supports efforts to overcome the region’s educational, economic, and environmental barriers to development. 

Costs: PiLA fellowships are paid positions. Fellows will receive a monthly stipend, either from PiLA or the partner organization, or a combination of the two, to cover daily living expenses: housing, food, and local transportation. In a few instances, you may be asked to do some of your own fundraising. Applicants and selected fellows should be prepared to assume the following costs:

  • Application fee: $50
  • For off-campus applicants: transportation expenses for trip to Princeton in February (interviews) and late May (orientation)
  • Pre-departure health expenses and health insurance (approx. $40 a month)
  • Visa application fees
  • Round-trip airfare to Latin America

Upon selection for a fellowship, the PiLA home office will work with the fellow to arrange student loan deferrals, health insurance, and to provide letters of support for visas.

Application process: electronic and hardcopy

Application materials

  •  Application Fee: $50.  Please make checks payable to Princeton in Latin America.
  • Resume:  Your resume should include all pertinent contact information and should not exceed one page.  Please do not forget to include public service and time spent in Latin America, noting what the purpose was (internships, study abroad, travel, living).
  • Letter of reference:  Please include one letter of reference from a professor or an employer that comments on your personal characteristics that qualify you to live and work abroad.  
  • Essays 
  • University Transcript and any Study Abroad Transcripts
  • Supplemental Language and Location Preference Form

Faculty Representative: Greta Austin

National committee interview: Yes

Selection and announcement dates:
February: Organizations may contact finalists for further interviews. Notification of placements is rolling. Therefore, fellowship acceptances must be made within 3 days of your receipt of the offer from PiLA. If finalists cannot commit, alternates arecontacted.

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 Latin America website.