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PAAIA’s Ansari Public Service Fellowship is a summer fellowship program generously funded by the Ansari Family. The Ansari Fellowship encourages and empowers young Iranian Americans to pursue careers in public service. Young Iranian Americans who are accepted for the fellowship receive a stipend for taking summer internships in public service.


The Civic Leadership Program also provides fellows mentorship opportunities via access to a network of Iranian American public policy experts. Our mission is to help give rise to an unprecedented generation of Iranian American leaders in government, policy, and public service.

This program is generously funded by the Ansari Family.

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Ansari Public Service Fellowship


The Public Service Fellowship is available during the summer.​

Summer 2023 Application Deadline: April 30, 2023


Incoming or current college students, graduate students, or recent graduates are welcome to apply. Students of political science, public policy, government, history, economics and journalism will be best suited to these opportunities.

Note that this is not an opportunity for an internship with PAAIA or the Civic Leadership Program. The Ansari Fellowship provides a stipend to young Iranian Americans who come to us with a qualifying summer internship.



Financial Support

Fellows receive a $2500 stipend


Meet and network with Iranian Americans who work in public policy.

Witness Democracy

Become fully immersed in the democratic process, learning how change happens, and why the work of public officials is important to our everyday lives.

Kickstart Your Career

Alumni of the Fellowship have found the experience helpful in informing their future career while making connections that have helped many land jobs in public service!

Ansari Fellowship Application

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