Frequently Asked Questions


What is PiLA?

Princeton in Latin America is an alumni-founded non-profit organization that seeks to connect Princeton graduates, and non-Princetonians with fellowship opportunities in Latin America. We place graduates in one-year, service-oriented positions at NGOs and community based service organizations.

Do I need to be a Princeton graduate? What is the age limitation for applications?

No. PiLA is currently open to graduating seniors and young alumni of Princeton and other universities. Because PiLA is intended for young alumni seeking service opportunities abroad, we rarely consider applicants five years past graduation.

What positions are being offered for the coming year?

The PiLA website lists several organizations that have hosted or may host a PiLA fellow. However, this list is continually evolving and applicants can remain aware of new openings by checking our current positions.

What language skills do I need?

For most positions, some knowledge of the local language (Spanish, Portuguese, or French) is necessary. In addition, applicants who feel that they might need to strengthen their language skills may indicate that they plan on taking language classes prior to starting their fellowship.

Are PiLA fellowships paid positions?

Yes. However, we expect all three stakeholders in the process (the fellow, the partner organization, and PiLA) to have a stake in the cost of the fellowship. Therefore, fellows are responsible for their airfare and health insurance. For each country, a monthly stipend is determined to cover housing, food, and local transportation, which is paid to the fellow through contributions from the partner organization and PiLA. PiLA fellowships are not money-making ventures, and fellows should expect to live modestly within the local culture.

What costs can I expect as a PiLA applicant/fellow?

In addition to the application fee, fellows are responsible for their round-trip airfare to the region, their health insurance, any necessary visa application fees, and transportation expenses for attending the on-campus interviews in February and the orientation in late May.

What can I do to make myself a more attractive applicant?

Besides some proficiency in the language, there is no formula for successful applicants. The PiLA Selection Committee considers all aspects of an application, including academic performance, past travel and work experience, evidence of emotional maturity, and a sense of adventure.

I am an alumus/a or faculty member who wants to get involved – what can I do?

As a growing non-profit organization, PiLA is certainly looking for active involvement from Princeton University alumni and faculty – be it through serving on our board, mentoring a PiLA fellow, recruiting partner organizations, or helping with fundraising. The simplest way to get in touch with us is through e-mail: pila@princeton.edu.