Public Policy and International Affairs Program


ppia-logoThe Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) supports students in their pursuit of graduate degrees in public policy and international affairs.  The Program begins with a Junior Summer Institutes (JSI), which a seven-week summer program that focused on preparing students for graduate programs.

Students who are selected will get to study at one of their four participating universities:

Carnegie Mellon University

University of California, Berkeley

Princeton University

University of Michigan

Norma Torres

Don’t forget to read about Norma‘s experience with PPIA! She attended Princeton University as part of the program. She is now a DACAmented student at Harvard pursuing her Masters degree.

What are the benefits of participating in this program? 

  • 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 to apply?

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 undocumented and international students who are studying at US institutions.
  • Applicants must have an expected graduation date between December 2016 and August 2017.
  • 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!

The deadline to apply is November 1, 2015.

For more information, and to apply, please visit their official website: “Public Policy and International Affairs Program“.

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