The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, 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.

United States citizens who are in their junior year of undergraduate study and are expected to receive their bachelor's degree in spring 2021. Applicants must have a 3.2 or higher GPA at the time of application. Eligible students must enroll in a two-year, full-time master's degree program in an academic field relevant to the work of Foreign Service and be prepared to enter the Foreign Service in Summer 2023. Competitive candidates are those who demonstrate strong leadership and academic excellence, have an interest in working as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State and representing the U.S. around the world and a passion for public service.

Up to $37,500 annually for 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. In addition, 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:
Online application, copy of U.S. citizenship, resume, transcript, personal statement, most recent financial aid award letter, most recent Student Aid Report, statement of financial need, two letters of recommendation

Final Deadline:
January 2020

If interested in applying reach out to by December 1, 2019.

Selection interviews will take place in April 2020, followed by notification of fellowship winners.

Website: Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program