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Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Program

The goal of the PPIA Fellowship Program is to help students achieve a Master’s or joint degree, typically in public policy, public administration, international affairs or a related field. Each year, PPIA seeks out high-potential undergraduate students from universities across the country to participate in an intensive seven-week Junior Summer Institute (JSI) before their senior year. During their program, fellows are equipped with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in graduate school and ultimately, in influential roles serving the public good.

Once a student has successfully completed their JSI, they join an alumni network of nearly 4,000 leaders. In addition to the opportunities that this network provides for mentoring and career development, our alumni network has the opportunity to receive financial support for their graduate school education if they attend one of the programs in our Graduate School Consortium, which is comprised of over 40 public policy and international affairs programs from across the county. These institutions share PPIA’s commitment to increasing inclusion in public service and are committed to supporting our fellows in their pursuit of a graduate education.

Fellows who apply to receive a graduate degree at these schools are able to waive the application fees and, if accepted, are guaranteed a minimum, one-time financial award of $5,000 from the school, although most programs are able to provide financial assistant well above this level. PPIA Fellows are encouraged to gain work experience before applying to graduate school. Our Graduate School Consortium members guarantee benefits for at least five years after fellows complete their undergraduate degree.

Application Deadline: November

Information
Current Status: 
Junior
Duration of Award: 
Full Year or More
Other: 
Graduate Study, Financial Need (including Pell Grant recipient), Non-U.S. Citizen
Procedure: 
Direct Submission
Fields of Study: 
Business, Communications and Journalism, Education, Health-related, Humanities and Social Sciences, Information Sciences and Technology, International Relations and Public Policy
Semester of Application Deadline: 
Fall (September – December)

Boucke Building
University Fellowships Office
321 Boucke Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-8199
univfellowships@psu.edu