Funded seven-week summer program of coursework and leadership development at leading universities.


Application Deadline

November 1, 2024 at 4:00 AM

Deadline, typically in early November.

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Quick facts

Academic Discipline

Professional (Law/Medicine/Business)
Public Service
Social Sciences

Eligibility: Citizenship

U.S. Citizen, Non-US Citizen, DACA Recipient

When to Apply

Junior Year

Campus Nomination Required?



PPIA Junior Summer Institute (JSI) is a rigorous, intensive seven-week summer program of classes and co-curricular activities promoting the professional and personal development of emerging diverse leaders in public service. The JSI curriculum is structured to introduce or strengthen skills in economics, statistics, policy analysis, writing, and public speaking.


PPIA  provides full funding for seven weeks of intensive study at their seven host schools: UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard University, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, Princeton University, and University of Washington. PPIA alumni who attend graduate school at a consortium school can waive the application fees and receive at least $5,000 in tuition assistance.

Scholars also participate in professional development and community events, as well as gain access to a strong alumni network and ongoing opportunities for networking, collaboration, and advancement.


All prospective PPIA Fellows are expected to dedicate themselves to the objectives of the PPIA Junior Summer Institute Program, have a strong commitment to public service, and contribute to diverse perspectives in public policy and international affairs. The following are more specific criteria and guidelines:

  • If you are a United States citizen, legal permanent resident, or DACA recipient you are eligible to apply to all JSI programs. (International students are eligible for select JSIs – Carnegie Mellon, Princeton, and University of Washington – and must be enrolled in a U.S.-based institution.)
  • Applicants must have an expected graduation date between December following their program summer and the subsequent August.
  • If you will have already completed a bachelor’s degree prior to the start of Junior Summer Institute, you are not eligible to apply.
  • Must be committed to pursuing a Master’s Degree in public policy and/or international affairs at one of the PPIA Consortium graduate schools.
  • Must be committed to and demonstrate an interest in pursuing a professional career associated with public service such as government, nonprofits, and humanitarian and international organizations.
  • Must be interested in contributing to the diversity of perspectives present in the PPIA Junior Summer Institute Program. You must specifically demonstrate involvement in working to improve historically underserved or underrepresented communities, including African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanics, Latinx, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders.
  • Economic need is given consideration during the review of applications.
  • All academic majors are welcome to apply!

Selection Criteria

  • Commitment to a public service career
  • Engagement with historically underserved or underrepresented communities
  • Economic need is considered