PPIA Program

“Diversity & Leadership in Public Service”

Benefits & Eligibility

What are the benefits of participation?

  • Full tuition at a PPIA Junior Summer Institute.
  • Eligibility to receive assistance with travel expenses.
  • A stipend of up to $1,500 (funding determined by each JSI).
  • University housing with a meal plan.
  • Books and related course materials at your JSI.
  • Each JSI may offer additional benefits, such as GRE preparation, at their discretion. Please check with each JSI about any additional benefits.
  • Minimum of a one-time $5,000 scholarship at a PPIA graduate school if admitted for a Master’s degree. PPIA Fellows often receive financial offers above and beyond this minimum from their graduate program.
  • Fee waiver when applying to schools that are members of the PPIA Graduate School Consortium.

Who is eligible?

All prospective PPIA Fellows are expected to dedicate themselves to the traditions and objectives of the PPIA Fellowship Program, have an abiding commitment to public service and contribute to more diverse perspectives in public policy and international affairs. The following are more specific criteria and guidelines:

  • If you are a United States citizen or legal permanent resident you are eligible to apply to all JSI programs. In addition:
    • Carnegie Mellon University, UC Berkeley (including the Law Fellows program) and Princeton University can accept international students who are studying at US institutions.
  • Applicants must have an expected graduation date between December 2017 and August 2018.
  • Must not have attained a Bachelor’s Degree prior to start of Junior Summer Institute.
  • Must be committed to completing a Master’s Degree in public and/or international affairs at one of the PPIA Consortium graduate schools.
  • Must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a professional career associated with public service such as government, nonprofits, humanitarian and international organizations and other related programs.
  • Must be interested in contributing to the diversity of perspectives present in the PPIA Fellowship Program.
  • Economic need is given consideration during the review of applications.
  • All academic majors are welcome to apply!

If you select UC Berkeley among your potential JSIs, please note the following:

  • Required: You must specifically demonstrate involvement in working to improve historically underserved or underrepresented communities, including African Americans, Asian Americans, Latino/as, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders.
    • Optional: If you are interested in being eligible for selection as a UC Berkeley PPIA Law Fellow, you must also explain your interests for wanting to pursue a joint law and public policy degree, what skills you would be seeking to acquire and how you could apply such skills to further your public service career goals.