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Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship Program

Application Deadline: November 1, 2023

Open to: Juniors
Award type: Academic
Area(s) of study:  All fields with an interest in public policy/international affairs
Award criteria: Academic achievement; service; leadership; diversity
Award provides:  Funds participation in PPIA’s seven-week Junior Summer Institute and provides financial support for graduate studies at member institutions.
Open to international students:  Yes: Berkeley and Princeton Summer Institute programs are now open to international and DACA students
Institutional Support or Endorsement Required: No

  • Expected graduation date between December 2024 and August 2025 (i.e., junior standing)
  • United States citizen, permanent resident, or DACA enrollee OR an international student studying in a U.S. based four-year college or university

The PPIA Junior Summer Institute (JSI) Fellowship Program is a rigorous academic graduate-level preparation program for undergraduate juniors committed to public service careers. The program was started to address the lack of diversity across the spectrum of professional public service, including government, nonprofits, public policy institutions, and international organizations.The purpose of the JSI Fellowship is to prepare students to obtain a Master’s or a joint degree (e.g., JD/MPP) in public policy, public administration, international affairs, or a related field.

This fully-funded opportunity equips fellows with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in graduate school and, ultimately, in influential roles serving the public good. Once students have completed their JSI, they join an alumni network of more than 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 our 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. Some campuses include specialized tracks or courses in law (Berkeley), race and public policy (Harvard), and data analytics (Carnegie Mellon). The successful completion of a summer institute is a requirement for PPIA Fellows to qualify for graduate school benefits.

For more information:

  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • Diversity essay
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Résumé
  • Transcripts
  • Copy of current academic year financial aid award letter
  • Student AID Report (SAR) or, if you are not receiving financial aid, your parent/ guardian’s most recent tax forms



  • Cecilia Garcia ('23C) Mathematics and Political Science
If you are interested in learning more about the application process and recommended timeline, visit our main Canvas course.

If you are not currently enrolled in our Canvas course, you may self enroll.
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