PPIA Junior Summer Institute

The PPIA Junior Summer Institute (JSI) Fellowship Program is a program for undergraduate juniors committed to public service careers. The program seeks to diversify the spectrum of professional public servants.

The purpose of the JSI Fellowship is to prepare students to study for a Master’s or joint degree in public policy, public administration, international affairs, or a related field. Students must be committed to serving others through these fields. 

Students will apply to this program as juniors. The program takes place during the summer between a student’s junior and senior year of undergraduate study. 


  • Full tuition at a PPIA Junior Summer Institute. 
  • Potential to receive funding for travel expenses related to the program. 
  • University housing with most meals covered. 
  • Funding for books and course materials for the JSI. 
  • Stipend for incidentals not covered during JSI. 
  • Minimum of a one-time $5,000 scholarship at a PPIA graduate school if admitted for a Master’s degree.
  • Each JSI may offer additional benefits, such as GRE preparation and study resources at their discretion.
  • Fee waiver when applying to schools that are members of the PPIA Graduate School Consortium.

To apply for this program, students must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident, or DACA recipient. 
  • Have not completed a bachelor’s degree at the start of Junior Summer Institute.
  • Have an expected graduation date between December 2022 and August 2023 (for 2023 application cycle). 
  • International students are eligible for select JSIs – Carnegie Mellon, Princeton, and University of Washington – and must be enrolled in a U.S. based institution.

Link to complete eligibility requirements

Deadline: November 1, 2022 for the 2023 application cycle. 

Campus Contacts:

Nives Dal Bo-Wheeler, nives.dalbowheeler@maine.edu (Office of Major Scholarships, Director)