The Public Policy & International Affairs Program (PPIA) is now accepting applications for the 2018 PPIA Fellowship!

PPIA prepares undergraduates to be competitive candidates for top degree programs in the fields of public policy, public administration or international affairs through participation in a Junior Summer Institute (JSI). JSI is an intensive, 7-week, academic program during the summer at one of these host campuses:  The Ford School – University of Michigan; The Goldman School – UC Berkeley;  Heinz College – Carnegie Mellon University; Woodrow Wilson School – Princeton University; Humphrey School – University of Minnesota

Eligible candidates are current undergrads who will be completing their B.A. between December 2018 and August 2019. The deadline to apply is November 1, 2017. See  for more info, eligibility, and application instructions.

PPIA’s mission is to promote the inclusion and full participation of underrepresented groups in public service and to advance their leadership roles throughout our civic institutions serving domestic and international affairs. Applicants must be:

  • committed to completing a Master’s Degree in public and/or international affairs at one of the PPIA Consortium graduate schools.
  • demonstrate an interest in pursuing a professional career associated with public services such as government, nonprofits, humanitarian and international organizations and other related programs.
  • 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!

Princeton in Africa, Princeton in Asia, Princeton in Latin America fellowships provide year-long fellowships working in non-profit and community settings in multiple countries. Young alumni and graduating seniors from any college or university accredited in the United States are eligible to apply (all citizenships). Prior experience in country is not a prerequisite. For more information, application process and deadlines, see specific program websites:

Princeton in Africa

Princeton in Asia

Princeton in Latin America


The application for the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program–a fully-funded summer study abroad program–is now open!

The CLS Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 14 critical languages (see below). The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.

CLS, a program of the U.S. Department of State, is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. CLS plays an important role in preparing students for the 21st century’s globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness.

The application is now live and available online at:

Applications are due November 15, 2017 by 7:59pm EST.

Here are links to informational videos:

CLS Program Overview:

Tips for Writing a Successful Application:

The fourteen languages offered by the CLS Program are:

  • Arabic
  • Azerbaijani
  • Bangla
  • Chinese
  • Hindi
  • Indonesian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Persian
  • Punjabi
  • Russian
  • Swahili
  • Turkish
  • Urdu

Most languages offered by the CLS Program do not require applicants to have any experience studying critical languages. Language pre-requisites can be found on our website at

The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, and from a wide range of fields of study and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of the United States. Participants are selected based on their commitment to language learning and plans to apply their language skills to their future academic or professional pursuits. Students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, science, social sciences, arts and humanities are encouraged to apply.

Prior to preparing their application, interested students should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website.

The Obama Foundation Fellows will be a diverse set of community-minded rising stars – organizers, inventors, artists, entrepreneurs, journalists, and more – who are altering the civic engagement landscape. By engaging their fellow citizens to work together in new and meaningful ways, Obama Foundation Fellows will model how any individual can become an active citizen in their community.

The inaugural class of 20 Fellows will be integral to shaping the program and the community of Fellows for future years. For this first class, we’re seeking participants who are especially excited about helping us design, test, and refine the Fellowship.

Our two-year, non-residential Fellowship will offer hands-on training, resources, and leadership development. Fellows will also participate in four multi-day gatherings where they will collaborate with each other, connect with potential partners, and collectively push their work forward. Throughout the program, each Fellow will pursue a personalized plan to leverage Fellowship resources to take their work to the next level. Learn more at

Internal deadlines are coming up! Details below:

Watson Fellowship: Middlebury’s application deadline is noon on Tuesday, 9/12/17. All students registered in the online Watson application system received an updated email with updated instructions on 9/8. Because of issues generated pdfs from the online system, the fellowships office will do that for you. However, you must email before noon on Tuesday, September 12, to confirm that your application is ready for download. You also need to complete the online fellowships waiver form, if you haven’t already. If you decide not to apply, please email us also to let us know we can withdraw you from the Watson application system.

Fulbright GrantsMiddlebury’s application deadline is noon on Wednesday, 9/13/17. You must SUBMIT your application through Embark by this date to apply through Middlebury. You also need to complete the online fellowships waiver form, if you haven’t already; alumni will need to use the word doc format of this form on the go/fellowships website. Here are some answers to common questions I am asked around this time:

  1. Alumni applicants can choose to apply through Middlebury or At Large. Middlebury seniors MUST apply through Middlebury. Anyone applying through Middlebury must adhere to our internal deadlines.
  2. When you submit your application in Embark and you are applying through Middlebury, your submitted application goes to the fellowships office. We will submit your application to Fulbright after adding material from the campus committee interview. Alumni, if you apply At Large, your submitted application goes directly to Fulbright.
  3. You will get an interview sign up sheet on Wednesday afternoon. You must sign up for an interview time by Friday 9/15 at noon. These interviews are brief and you will be given more information about it via email.
  4. You should submit a complete and polished application. If there are issues that need to be addressed in the essays and these are noted through the campus interview, we will return the application to you to make those changes.
  5. If letters of recommendation or language evaluations are late, these will be added to your application when they are submitted by the recommender/evaluator. Just let us know if this is the case. If your letter of affiliation is late, please be in touch with us about this, so you can add it when it arrives. Materials not submitted by 9/13 will likely not be available for the campus committee review; this does happen occasionally. All applications must be complete, however, by Oct 4.
  6. We endeavor to submit applications a day ahead of the national deadline.
  7. If you decide not to apply, we appreciate an email confirming that. Otherwise, we assume if you did not submit an application on 9/13 by noon that you are not proceeding with your Fulbright application.
  8. Everyone planning on applying through Middlebury should have an active application in the Embark online system by this date. Access to that is available through 


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