What are the costs of applying and being placed as a PiLA Fellow?

Application ($100), non-refundable fellowships placement ($500, payable upon acceptance to confirm your placement offer), medical and emergency evacuation insurance ($260–$540, depending on coverage), visa fees (variable), and international round-trip airfare.

For applicants who cannot travel to Princeton, we arrange interviews via Skype, and where possible, with alumni representatives in other U.S. cities. If you choose to attend finalist interviews in Princeton from December to mid-January, that would represent an additional cost (n.b. in-person interviews are NOT required, and confer no special advantage).

There is also a mandatory fellowship orientation in Princeton in early June before departing for the field; this is a chance to meet all the other fellows, as well as PiLA staff, alumni, and board members.

Applicants who currently are Pell Grant recipients or federal financial aid recipients may submit a copy of their current award letter to be evaluated for possible fee reductions. Email a copy of your award letter directly to applications@pila-princeton.org. Note, however, that insurance coverage is mandatory and cannot be discounted.