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Junior Summer Institutes for Undergraduates

The goal of the PPIA Fellowship Program is to help prepare students to pursue graduate education, typically a master’s degree (or joint degree) in public policy, public administration, international affairs or a related field. The organization does this through the intensive study provided by participation in a Junior Summer Institute (JSI), through partnerships with universities across the country, and through an alumni network that provides opportunities to connect with nearly 4000 individuals who share the same interest in public service.

Each year, PPIA engages with high-potential undergraduate students from universities across the country to participate in the intensive seven-week JSI held over the summer 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.

Once a student has completed their JSI, they join a diverse and accomplished alumni network. 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 deadline to apply for summer 2022 is November 8, 2021.

About the Graduate School Consortium

PPIA’s Graduate School Consortium is comprised of over 50 public policy and international affairs programs from across the county. These institutions share PPIA’s commitment to increasing diversity and fostering inclusion in public service and support our fellows in their pursuit of graduate education. Alumni of the PPIA JSI’s who apply for admission to the member schools can waive the application fees and, if accepted, are guaranteed a minimum, one-time financial award of $5,000 from the school, although most programs can provide financial assistance well above this level (including 100% tuition scholarships and generous stipend support).

JSI Overview and Host Sites
JSI Eligibility and Benefits
Application Requirements
Frequently Asked Questions


1. Register

Click on the "Register" button. Then complete and submit the registration form.

2. Login

Login to the application with your email and password.

3. Create

Create your online application from the opportunities listed on the My Applications dashboard. For Public Service Weekends, select the application based on the month when the conference will be held.

4. Save

During the application acceptance period, your application can be saved as DRAFT until all the required information is completed and attachments uploaded. As each section is complete, you will see a appear in the category tab when the application is saved. Please ensure that all attachments are in the format requested. At any time, you can download and print your application by clicking on the icon in the Application Summary section.

5. Submit

On completion, submit your Application as FINAL on any tab. Download and print a copy of your application for your records by clicking on the icon in the Application Summary section in the right column. Note: If an update is required prior to the deadline, you can make the update and resave as FINAL.

If you require assistance or additional information, please contact the Award Administrator.

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Contact Us

Public Policy and International Affairs Program
130 Humphrey School,
301-19th Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Email: info@ppiaprogram.org