This message contains information about the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute (JSI).

The Public Policy and International Affairs Program is a not-for-profit organization that has been supporting efforts to increase diversity in public service for over 30 years. Students who are selected for the 2016 Junior Summer Institute Fellowship cohort will study on the campus of one of four participating universities: Carnegie Mellon University, University of California-Berkeley, Princeton University, or University of Michigan.

Interested students must meet the eligibility criteria below, follow the guidelines, and apply by Tuesday, November 1, 2015 11:59 PM (EST).


  • College Juniors
  • Individuals who possess a passion for public service in diverse communities
  • United States citizens or permanent residents.
    • or AB 540 students studying in a U.S. based four-year college or university
    • or International students studying in a U.S. based four-year college or university

Online Application Components

  • General Information
  • 6 Essays
  • Summary of employment history
  • History of volunteer service
  • 4 part personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A copy of the student’s Federal Student Aid Report
  • Transcript
  • Resume

Benefits of Completing a Junior Summer Institute:

  • Minimum of a one-time, $5,000 scholarship at a PPIA graduate school if admitted for a Master’s degree. PPIA Fellows often receive financial offers above and beyond this minimum from their graduate program.
  • Graduate school application fee waivers for programs that are part of our Graduate School Consortium.
  • Access to a network of over 4,000 accomplished alumni.

Click here to complete the application online.

All materials, including your letter of recommendation, must be submitted by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, November 1st 2015. 

For more information on the PPIA program and applying for a Junior Summer Institute please call: (877) 774-2001 or email Erin Mann at