Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, 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.

The fellowship provides $37,500 of annual support for two years of a graduate program, which may fund tuition, room and board, fees, books and supplies for graduate study. 

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Campus Contact/ Application Process/ This Year's Deadline:

Heather Smith-Cannoy, Department of International Affairs


Applicants must be seeking admission to a U.S. graduate school for Fall 2018 in an academic field relevant to the work of the Foreign Service (public policy, international affairs, public administration, business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages). They must be U.S. citizens who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application. This GPA must be maintained throughout participation in the program.

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