Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship (PPIA)

Are You Interested in Promoting the Inclusion and Full Participation of Underrepresented Groups in Public Service and in Advancing Their Leadership Roles throughout Our Civic Institutions Serving Domestic and Internationals Affairs?

DEADLINES

Online application availability

August; Check www.ppiaprogram.org for details

Campus deadline

N/A; Candidates may apply directly

National deadline

Early November

ELIGIBILITY

Applicant education level

Juniors

Open to applicants who have

completed an undergraduate degree?

No

Open to applicants not currently

enrolled in college/university classes?

No

Open to (non-U.S.) international students?

Some; UC Berkeley and Princeton campuses accept non-U.S. citizens/permanent residents

Age limit

None

Are applicants limited to specific fields of study?

No

Are students required to demonstrate financial need?

Yes

Minimum G.P.A.

None, but students need to demonstrate potential to succeed at the  graduate school level

Average G.P.A. of recipients

3.5

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

UAA Institutional Endorsement

Not Required

Advising Appointment

Schedule an advising appointment with the PPIA Fellowship Campus Advisor, Dr. Francisco Miranda, at fmiranda2@alaska.edu or at 907.786.4035 to discuss intent to apply

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The goal of the PPIA Fellowship is to help students achieve a Master’s or joint degree, typically in public policy, public administration, international affairs, or a related field and pursue a career in public service

The organization does this through the intensive study provided by participation in a Junior Summer Institute (JSI), with partnerships with universities across the country, and through an alumni network that provides opportunities to connect with nearly 4,000 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 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

AWARD BENEFITS

  • Host university will help you pay for travel expenses, cover all tuition costs, provide you room and board, supply books and study materials for courses, plus give you a stipend for the summer
  • Each Junior Summer Institute may offer additional benefits, such as GRE preparation
  • Minimum of a one-time $5,000 scholarship at a PPIA graduate school if admitted for a Master’s degree
  • Fee waiver when applying to schools that are members of the PPIA Graduate School Consortium

Stipend/Benefits

Up to $1,500

Can the award be deferred?

No

Can the award be renewed?

No

Specific notes and/or exceptions

PPIA has a common application and applicants rank the host campuses in order of preference

Basic mathematics courses are required to demonstrate potential to handle quantitative coursework in statistics and economics

CANDIDATE PROFILE

Key characteristics sought by Review Committee:

  • Selected students will be impressive academically, and more importantly, culturally aware, socially sensitive, committed to public service, and possess a common vision about making the world a better place
  • Selected students should embody PPIA’s diversity goals, demonstrate a commitment to public service, and possess the ability to succeed in graduate school
  • Selected students should be able to articulate their interest in the fellowship, how it will contribute to their long-term goals, and the unique perspectives that they will bring to their cohort

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Review details and all eligibility requirements for the award by visiting www.ppiaprogram.org

  • Find a faculty member willing to serve as your mentor throughout the application process
  • Schedule an advising appointment with the PPIA Fellowship Campus Advisor, Dr. Francisco Miranda, at fmiranda2@alaska.edu or at 907.786.4035 the semester before you plan to apply for the award
  • Register at www.ppiaprogram.org and start completing the application
  • Start developing your Resume and your Personal Statements according to the guidelines of the PPIA Fellowship program
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation are required, one of which should be from an instructor who can speak to your academic abilities; the other letter may come from anyone who can comment on your commitment to public service
  • Secure a copy of your Financial Aid Award letter, your Student Aid Report (SAR)--or parent/guardian tax forms if you are not receiving financial aid--and an unofficial transcript for attachment to your application
  • Submit a complete application by the national deadline
  • You will be notified of the status of your candidacy for the award in early February

SELECTION PROCESS

Number of applications received nationwide

~500

Number of awards granted

100

Is an interview required?

No

When are qualifying candidates notified?

N/A

When are winning candidates notified?

Early February

CONTACT INFORMATION

PPIA Fellowship Campus Advisor

Dr. Francisco Miranda

Office

ADM/HUM 276

Phone

907.786.4035

Email address

fmiranda2@alaska.edu

INFORMATION SESSIONS

Webinars for candidates are available at www.ppiaprogram.org

Schedule an advising appointment at fmiranda2@alaska.edu or at 907.786.4035