Frequently Asked Questions
Who applies for Project 55 fellowships? The Project 55 applicant pool is comprised of graduating seniors and recent graduates of Princeton University who represent a variety of majors, interests, skills, and experiences. In recent years, approximately 12% of the senior class has applied for a Project 55 Fellowship, and each applicant is screened by our staff and alumni before being referred to our partner organizations for a final interview. In general, our applicants are energetic, thoughtful, and highly capable young people who are prepared to engage with social issues while learning from and contributing to our partners.
How many partner organizations participate in the Princeton Project 55 Fellowship Program? Over the last 25 years, more than 500 public interest and nonprofit organizations have partnered with the Project 55 Fellowship Program. In the 2016-17 fellowship year, more than 80 organizations applied to host a fellow. We are always looking for new partner organizations. To get a sense of who our partners are and what the impact of the fellowship program has been for them, please visit our Partner Organization Profiles page. If you know of an organization that might be interested in hosting a fellow, please contact us.
What is the required stipend amount to host a fellow? Fellowship stipends are provided by our partner organizations, and we have set minimum requirements for each of our fellowship locations based on cost of living, comparable entry-level salaries, and the quality of our fellows. Stipends for the 2017-18 year are being finalized and will be posted before the applications open on September 7th, 2016.
Absolutely. Many partner organizations do pay more, but you are not required to.
My organization would like to recruit a fellow, but we cannot yet guarantee funding for the position. May I still submit a position description? Yes. We will not ask you to confirm the availability of funds until the middle of January. If you still do not know about funding, or if you learn that you cannot afford a fellow after the January deadline, we will not refer applicants to your organization.
What do I do if there is a challenge with my fellow? Partner organizations rarely experience problems with their fellows; however, AlumniCorps staff is prepared to support partner organizations and fellows as needed. Partner organizations should always contact the AlumniCorps Partnership Manager if there is problem. The Partnership Manager will coordinate with partner organization staff, local alumni, and the fellow’s mentor to help resolve any problems.
My organization has a number of projects the fellow could take on. How do I chose which project to include in the position description? When writing the position description, you should briefly detail the various projects a fellow could work on and indicate that the project will be chosen based on the fellow’s skills and interests as well as the needs of your organization. You may also change and review your position description(s) before the January deadline.
Didn’t find the answer to your question? Email Caryn Tomljanovich, Partnership and Volunteer Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.