Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by Howard University, the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program provides undergraduate and graduate students with financial support, mentoring and professional development to prepare them academically and professionally for a career in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service.

Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Limitations


Various Department of State posts worldwide.

Amount, Duration of Award

Award is up to $37,500 annually and covers tuition, room and board, books, mandatory fees and some travel expenses for the senior year of undergraduate studies, and first year of a master’s degree in fields related to the Foreign Service such as business administration, economics, public policy, international affairs and other relevant fields. Also, two summer internships, one at a domestic office of the Department of State in Washington, D.C., and one overseas at a U.S. embassy or consulate. The program provides stipends, transportation and housing for these internships. Further, the award provides mentoring from a Foreign Service officer throughout the duration of the fellowship and employment in the Department of State Foreign Service for those who successfully complete the program and Foreign Service entry requirements.

Application Requirements

Dates, Deadlines and Notification