Fellows FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I learn more about the fellowship program?

Who is eligible to apply for a fellowship?

What kind of positions will be offered?

How and when do I apply?

I am currently studying or working internationally. How will I be able to learn more about positions and interview with volunteers and organizations?

If I am accepted into the Project 55 Fellowship program, will I be guaranteed a fellowship position?

When do fellowships begin?

Are these paid fellowship opportunities?

What happens after my fellowship?

 

How can I learn more about the fellowship program?

  • Attend an information session held in the fall. Our first information session will be held on Thursday, October 20th at 7 p.m. in Frist 302. Our final information session will be held on Thursday, November 10th at 7 p.m. in Frist 302.
  • Email questions or set up an individual or group appointment with Ry Beck, Recruitment and Engagement Manager, at rbeck@alumnicorps.org.
  • Contact current Fellows and alumni who are involved with the program. A list of current Fellows is provided online.

 

Who is eligible to apply for a fellowship?

We welcome all current Princeton University seniors (including international students) and recent graduates to apply no matter your major or concentration, past experience, or specific skills. Applicants who are not U.S. citizens should notify Princeton AlumniCorps staff and contact the Princeton University Office of Visa Services or Davis International Center to determine the appropriate documents needed for employment in the U.S. post-graduation.

 

What kind of positions will be offered?

Project 55 Fellowship placements are at a range of nonprofit, community-based, and public interest organizations. Some of our partner organizations are start-up nonprofits working to improve their local communities while others are major philanthropic foundations with a global scope. We place fellows with government agencies like the District Attorney of New York and the Illinois State Board of Education as well as public health institutions like the UCSF Breast Care Center and Aeras. While we place with many of the same organizations every year, we also regularly add new placements with organizations that are doing particularly compelling public work.

Project 55 Fellows serve in a variety of roles. Some positions involve direct service, such advocating for court-involved youth, leading financial literacy or employment readiness training, or working with children in the foster system. Other positions may involve managing a social media campaign, crafting proposals for federal community development grants, convening meetings of civic leaders and state legislators, assisting the executive director of an organization, or preparing literature reviews on urban policy. Each year we offer a few fellowships with a strong medical research or clinical component as part of our public health fellowships, as well as some charter school teaching placements. The common thread is that each Project 55 Fellowship placement provides valuable professional experience while advancing systemic social change.

A Fellowship Directory will be available online starting in late October, however, this list should be considered incomplete until December 2015. For more information about what current Fellows are working on, check out our program blog, The Leading Edge.

 

How and when do I apply?

Applicants must submit an application online by December 1, 2016 (click here to apply). Interviews with AlumniCorps staff and volunteers take place in January 2017, followed by organizational interviews in February. Offers will be provided in early March 2017.

 

I am currently studying or working internationally. How will I be able to learn more about positions and interview with volunteers and organizations?

We encourage you to contact Ry Beck, Recruitment and Engagement Manager at rbeck@alumnicorps.org to learn more about specific positions available during the current program year. Applicants who are living outside of the U.S. conduct interviews with AlumniCorps staff, alumni volunteers, and partner organizations via Skype or Google Hangouts.

 

If I am accepted into the Project 55 Fellowship program, will I be guaranteed a fellowship position?

No, we do not guarantee that an applicant will be offered a fellowship position. Each organization is responsible for hiring the applicant they feel is best suited for their organization. If you are accepted into the program, we will do our best to work with you to find a placement.

 

When do Fellowships begin?

Fellowships usually begin in June and July and complete one year from the determined start date. Organizations that require specific start dates are asked to provide that information in the position description. Start dates should be negotiated before applicants and organizations commit to employment.

 

Are these paid fellowship opportunities?

Yes, partner organizations are required to pay a Fellow a minimum stipend, which varies by city based on cost of living. Stipends typically range between $31,000 and $35,000 per year. The stipend is the amount before taxes. Basic health insurance is also covered by the organization.

 

What happens after my fellowship?

Each year approximately 25% of our fellows stay in their placement for a second year, and some have stayed with their organization for more than a decade. Many fellows use Project 55 as a springboard to other jobs in the nonprofit sector, while others head to law school or medical school or take a job in another sector. No matter what you choose to do after your fellowship year, you join a lifelong community of more than 1,600 Project 55 alumni. This can be a valuable network of professional contacts and personal relationships that will support you in your life and career.