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The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

September 18, 2016

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The Thomas R. Pickering 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 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. The goal is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds 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 from academic disciplines representing the skill needs of the Department, who are dedicated to representing America’s interests abroad.

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: Two years of a Master’s program


Eligibility: Applicants may be in their undergraduate junior year; be receiving their Bachelor’s degree in spring 2017; or may be alumni. 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: December 2016

Faculty Representative: Heather Smith-Cannoy, Associate Professor of International Affairs

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