Office of International Affairs and Operations: Mpala Research Centre UAF

Fellowship Description

Anticipated Start Date for this UAF: 2023-09-01

    The Office of International Affairs and Operations is seeking a UAF to assist with various projects related to  the Mpala Research Centre located in Kenya. Princeton is the managing partner of Mpala and will be engaging with Mpala staff to implement a new strategic plan. It is a very exciting time as we look to grow the impact and capability of Mpala. The UAF will be responsible for assisting with these specific projects, but may be asked to participate in other Mpala related projects as needed:

    • Assisting with the development of an internal Princeton Mpala website- writing and organizing some content, working with Princeton partners to publish and design the site
    • Assisting with events and forums to get the word out about Mpala at Princeton
    • Assisting with donor stewardship events and donor correspondence
    • Working with communications fellows at Mpala to review social media and newsletter  content
    • Board meeting support such as taking board minutes

    The UAF will have the opportunity to learn about engaging in projects in higher education—as they will need to collaborate with stakeholders across the University. Additionally fundraising and communications are important skills to have no matter what sphere the individual ends up in, and this opportunity will allow them to build something from the ground up.

    UAF Mentor

    Grace Penn
    Associate Director for International Affairs and Operations, Princeton University
    University Administrative Fellowship Mentor

    Grace Penn is the Associate Director for International Affairs and Operations, reporting to the Associate Provost for International Affairs. She is responsible for supporting Princeton’s oversight of Mpala and advancing the international scope of Princeton’s teaching, research, and service mission. From December 2015 to February 2022 Grace served as the Associate Director for Affinity Groups in Princeton’s Office of Advancement.

    Current & Former Fellows

    Daniel Persia, GS, SPO
    University Administrative Fellow

    "The GradFUTURES UAF program has allowed me to develop transferable skills by: designing newsletters, leading social media campaigns, building a donor database, analyzing outreach efforts, and more, all with real-world impact. Working with the International Affairs & Operations team, I've gotten a behind-the-scenes look at how Princeton builds and sustains relationships with partnering institutions across the globe. Traveling to the Mpala Research Centre in Kenya and meeting the local team was a life-changing experience that has shaped both my research and professional goals."