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The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

August 17, 2017

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The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship program provides funding to participants as they prepare 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 Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. Fellowship recipients receive funding for study, take part in two summer internships, and receive mentoring from a foreign service officer. Successful candidates will demonstrate strong leadership and academic excellence and 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.  Additionally, those who complete the program successfully make a five-year service commitment to the Department of State’s Foreign Service.

Two years of $37,500 annual support, which may fund tuition, room and board, fees, books and supplies for

  • Undergraduate candidates (applying their junior year): senior year and first year of a Master’s program
  • Graduate Candidates (applying at the same time they apply to enter graduate school in Fall 2018): Two years of a Master’s program


Eligibility: Applicants may be in their undergraduate junior year; be receiving their Bachelor’s degree in spring 2019; or may be alumni planning to enter graduate school in Fall 2018. They must be United States citizens; have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application and must be maintained throughout participation of the program.

Deadline: anticipated January 2018

Faculty Representative: Heather Smith-Cannoy, Dept. of International Affairs

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