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The 2017 PPIA Fellowship application is live

For nearly 35 years PPIA has been supporting students in their pursuit of graduate degrees in public policy and international affairs. The PPIA Fellowship begins with the completion of a Junior Summer Institutes (JSI). JSI is an intensive seven-week summer program that focuses on preparing students for graduate programs in public and international affairs and careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service.

Students who are selected for the 2017 Junior Summer Institute Fellowship cohort will study on the campus of one of our five participating universities:

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Princeton University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota

The JSI curriculum includes economics, statistics, domestic/international policy issues and leadership topics, all designed to sharpen the students’ quantitative, analytic and communication skills. Extracurricular activities are also included as well. These skills are vital for admission into the top graduate programs in public and international affairs. The successful completion of a summer institute is a requirement for PPIA Fellows to qualify for graduate school benefits.

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. (Yes, SIPA is a PPIA member!)
  • 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:
    • 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!

Eligible candidates are current undergrads who will be completing their B.A. between December 2017 and August 2018. The deadline to apply is November 1, 2016. Apply here.

We’re going to Chicago!

Thinking about going back to school?  The first question you ask yourself is what do you want to study?  The second question is where do you go to pursue your studies?

The Public Service Graduate School Fair brings together representatives of some of the nation’s top graduate programs in public policy and international affairs with highly qualified individuals who are interested in making a difference. So if this is your “thing”, come meet us on Friday, June 20, 2014 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM at the University of Chicago.

Young professionals, undergraduates, and recent grads alike can benefit from the expertise and guidance they can access through this event.

Learn about the graduate school admissions process!

Attendees of this Graduate School Fair receive access to key decision makers in the admissions process at the nation’s top policy and international affairs schools. Prospective applicants have an opportunity to ask questions about various policy programs, what makes a strong candidate, and carefully consider which programs align with their interests and careers.

Recognizing the importance of networks, this event provides a crucial meeting point for students to exchange of ideas, information, and inspiration.

Register today

Participating Graduate Schools

  • American University, School of International Service
  • Carnegie Mellon University, John H. Heinz III College
  • Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs
  • Duke, Sanford School of Public Policy
  • Georgetown, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
  • Harvard University, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Indiana University – Bloomington, School of Public & Environmental Affairs
  • Johns Hopkins University, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
  • Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy & International Affairs
  • Science Po, Paris School of International Affairs
  • Syracuse, Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs
  • Texas A&M, The Bush School of Government and Public Service
  • The George Washington University, The Elliott School of International Affairs
  • Tufts, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
  • University of California, San Diego, School of International Relations & Pacific Studies
  • University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Studies


Friday, June 20, 2014
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration
969 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

PPIA 2014 Junior Summer Institutes

There is a great academic opportunity for college students interested in pursuing a career in public policy and international affairs.  The Public Policy & International Affairs Fellowship Program (PPIA) is now accepting applications for the 2014 Junior Summer Institutes (JSI).  Each year, PPIA brings together high-potential undergraduate students from universities across the country to participate in an intensive seven-week Junior Summer Institute (JSI) before their senior year.

The program focuses on preparing students for graduate programs in public and international affairs and careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service.  The JSI curriculum will cover courses and topics that will strengthen the students’ quantitative, analytic and communication skills. These skills are vital for admission into the top graduate programs in public and international affairs.  If you are interested, an application must be submitted through the PPIA website at:  The application deadline for the 2014 Junior Summer Institutes is November 1, 2013.

PPIA’s mission is to promote the inclusion and full participation of underrepresented groups in public service and to advance their leadership roles throughout our civic institutions serving domestic and international affairs.

hide and seek

If you come looking for us and you can’t find us; it’s because we have been temporarily relocated.

The Admissions Office will be undergoing some repair work this summer so we will be temporarily relocated from the International Affairs Building (IAB) Room 408 to IAB 803/804 from July 18 to July 29.  If you decide to brave the heat and visit us in New York, we will be happy to meet with you (in an air conditioned space).  However, due to space constraints, you should try to plan your visit when we are back in our home suite, IAB 408.

If you are already registered for this Friday’s (July 19th) information session, please arrive at 12pm.  We will be set up for the session directly across the hall from 408.  If you are interested in attending one of our future information sessions, you may register on our website.

This week you can also find us in Washington, D.C.  Come speak with admissions representatives and SIPA alumni at the Summerfest 2013 event held at Johns Hopkins University, SAIS on Thursday, July 18th at 6:00 p.m.  If you can’t make it to Summerfest on Thursday, an admissions representative will be at American University’s Katzen Arts Center for the 11th Annual PPIA Public Service Expo on Friday, July 19th from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Looking forward to meeting you this summer.


PPIA Fellowship Program 2013

The Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program  (PPIA) Fellowship program prepares undergraduates to be competitive candidates for top degree programs in the fields of Public Policy, Public Administration, International Affairs, or a related field through a consortium of over 30 graduate schools of Public Policy and International Affairs in the U.S.   Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs is one of the 30 graduate schools that make up the consortium.

PPIA is currently accepting applications for the 2013 Junior Summer Institutes; which gives students the chance to strengthen their prospects of attending graduate school and achieving a career in public service.  The entry point for the PPIA program is acceptance and attendance to one of its Junior Summer Institutes. Each year, the national program selects an outstanding group of college juniors from across the U.S. to participate in the JSIs.

Participation in a JSI will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in graduate school and, ultimately, in influential roles serving the public good. Upon completion of their institutes, students have access to opportunities for mentoring and career development through an extensive alumni network. JSI participants are also guaranteed a minimum, one-time financial award of $5,000 for their graduate school education if they attend one of the programs in PPIA’s graduate school consortium. Most PPIA alumni who are accepted to a consortium school receive well above this figure in financial aid towards their graduate education.

Interested applicants can access the application online at Deadline for all materials is November 1st, 2012.

To learn more about PPIA, please visit:

"The most global public policy school, where an international community of students and faculty address world challenges."

—Merit E. Janow, Dean, SIPA, Professor of Practice, International and Economic Law and International Affairs

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