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The Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

November 05, 2012

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The Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship program provides funding to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the United States 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.

The goal of the fellowship program is to attract outstanding students who enroll in two-year master’s degree programs in public policy, international affairs, public administration, or academic fields such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages, who represent all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds and who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The program develops a source of trained men and women who will represent the skill needs of the Department and who are dedicated to representing America’s interests abroad.

For the 2013 Fellowships, financial support of up to $40,000 per academic year for each of a two-year master’s degree program will be provided for:

  • Tuition costs (first priority)
  • Room and board
  • Books
  • Mandatory Fees
  • One round trip ticket between Fellow’s residence and his/her academic institutions

Eligibility: Applicants must be US citizens, have a minimum of a 3.2 grade point average, and maintain a minimum of a 3.2 GPA throughout the program. Winners are expected to enroll in a two-year, full-time master’s degree program in a relevant field. 

Deadline: January 21, 2013

Contact: If you have any questions about the program, you may send an email to or write to:

Dr. Caryl Loney-McFarlane
Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
P.O. Box 2437
Princeton, NJ 08543-2437


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