Junior Summer Institute, Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program (Various Locations)


The PPIA Junior Summer Institute (JSI) Fellowship Program is a rigorous academic graduate level preparation program for undergraduate juniors committed to public service careers. The program was started to address the lack of diversity across the spectrum of professional public service, including government, nonprofits, public policy institutions, and international organizations. The purpose of the JSI Fellowship is to prepare students to obtain a Master’s or joint degree, in public policy, public administration, international affairs, or a related field.

This fully-funded opportunity equips fellows 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 more than 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.

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 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.

Fellows spend seven weeks at one of the five host sites:
Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy
Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs
UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Humphrey School of Public Affairs


To be eligible for this application cycle, applicants must have junior or senior standing AND an expected graduation date for their first bachelor’s degree between December 2020 and August 2021. Applicants must also be committed to and demonstrate an interest in pursuing a professional career associated with public service and pursuing an advanced degree in public and/or international affairs. 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.


Application Deadline: November 1

Overview of JSI and Host Sites: https://ppiaprogram.org/undergrad-jsi/
Eligibility and Benefits: https://ppiaprogram.org/jsi-eligibility-and-benefits/
Frequently Asked Questions: https://ppiaprogram.org/jsi-application/faq/
Apply Here: https://jsiawards.ppiaprogram.org/

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