How to Apply

Focusing on a demonstrated commitment to service and academic achievement, PiLA identifies highly qualified and motivated fellows to meet the needs of our partners and the communities they serve. Spanish- or Portuguese-language competency is essential, and is tested during the interview process. French may also be helpful in countries such as the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Application for PiLA fellowships in Latin America and the Caribbean is open to graduates of accredited U.S. and Canadian universities who are U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.

PiLA fellows may have studied international relations, public policy, economics, law, engineering, the sciences, pre-medicine, journalism, social sciences, foreign languages and literatures, the arts, and the humanities. Fellows include first- and second-generation immigrants, as well as those native to the region who wish to return to engage in a year of meaningful social service in the NGO and multilateral sector.

In addition to a sense of humor and humility, qualifications include academic excellence and polished writing skills; demonstrated commitment to community service at home, abroad or both; language fluency (Spanish, Portuguese and/or French); knowledge of and experience in the region; leadership skills; interpersonal and intercultural sensitivity; the flexibility to adapt successfully to shifting circumstances during the fellowship; and a commitment to PiLA’s mission that extends beyond the year of service, an ethos of “paying it forward.”

Please consult the FAQs before contacting PiLA; if you do not find an answer there, contact PiLA via email at rather than by telephone.

Applications for 2018–19 are now open. The application deadline is 11:59pm EST, November 6, 2017. If you are not in the Eastern Time zone, please make note!

Late applications cannot be accepted.