AMOUNT: All Summer Program Costs + $1,500 stipend + $5,000 graduate scholarship

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. The organization does this through the intensive study provided by participation in a Junior Summer Institute (JSI), through partnerships with universities across the country, and through an alumni network that provides opportunities to connect with nearly 4000 individuals who share the same interest in public service.

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.


  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident

  • Must have completed junior year by the time of Junior Summer Institute and have at least one full semester remaining before graduation

  • 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

  • Must be interested in contributing to the diversity of perspectives present in the PPIA Fellowship Program


  1. Submit online application with Student Aid Report and a copy of your financial aid award letter


Junior Summer Institutes offered the University of California, Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy; Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs; Carnegie Mellon University Heinz College; and the University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy. 

number of recipients: ~100