Frequently Asked Questions
- Attend an information session held in the fall. Dates TBD.
- Email questions or set up an individual or group appointment with Hema Lochan, Program Associate at email@example.com.
- Contact current Fellows and alumni who are involved with the program. A list of current Fellows is provided online.
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.
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.
Applicants must submit an application online by December 1, 2017 (click here to apply). Interviews with AlumniCorps staff and volunteers take place in January 2018, followed by organizational interviews in February. Offers will be provided in early March 2018.
We encourage you to contact Hema Lochan, Program Associate at firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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.
Yes, partner organizations are required to pay a Fellow a minimum stipend, which varies by city based on cost of living. Stipends for the 2018-2019 Fellowship Year can be found here. The stipend is the amount before taxes. Basic health insurance premiums are also covered by the organization.
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 1,700 Project 55 alumni. This can be a valuable network of professional contacts and personal relationships that will support you in your life and career.