What constitutes a successful application?

There is no set formula. PiLA assesses academic performance; professional recommendations; foreign-language proficiency; domestic and overseas study, service, work and travel experience; evidence of cultural sensitivity and emotional maturity; and an abiding commitment to service. Some fellows have completed a graduate degree or have postgraduate experience in the private, public or nonprofit sectors (e.g., Fulbright, Peace Corps, American Jewish World Service, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, AmeriCorps VISTA, Teach for America).