How to Apply

Focusing on a demonstrated commitment to community service (including with Spanish-speaking communities in the U.S.) and a record of academic achievement, PiLA identifies highly qualified and motivated fellows to meet the needs of our partners and the communities they serve. Spanish- or Portuguese-language competency is essential, and is tested during the interview process. French also may be helpful in countries such as the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Other essential qualifications include knowledge of and experience in the region,  interpersonal and intercultural sensitivity, leadership potential, polished writing skills, the flexibility to adapt successfully to shifting circumstances during the fellowship, a sense of humor and humility, and a commitment to PiLA’s mission that extends beyond the year of service: an ethos of “paying it forward.”

PiLA fellows come from many fields of study, including international relations, public policy, economics, law, engineering, the sciences, pre-medicine, journalism, social sciences, foreign languages and literatures, the arts, and the humanities. Fellows include first- and second-generation immigrants, as well as those native to the region who wish to return to engage in a year of meaningful social service in the NGO and multilateral sector.

Application for PiLA fellowships in Latin America and the Caribbean is open to recent graduates of accredited U.S. and Canadian universities. Non-U.S. citizens may apply, with the caveat that some placements will be unavailable to them. 

Please consult the FAQs carefully before contacting PiLA. We are a small staff. If your question is addressed in the FAQs, you may not receive a further response. If you do not find an answer there, please contact PiLA.

The annual application period runs from early September through early November. Check the application portal (below) for the precise deadline (Eastern Time).

Late applications cannot be accepted.


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