Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship
The Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship, funded by the U.S. Department of State, supports students entering graduate school as preparation for careers in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service. The fellowship aims to attract students from all ethnic, social, and racial backgrounds who will put their educations to use as Foreign Service Officers. The Graduate Fellowship is a comprehensive program that prepares fellows for such a career and funds a two-year Master's degree relevant to work in the Foreign Service, such as international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, or science policy.
The fellowship awards up to $40,000 annually towards tuition, institution fees, room and board, books, and some travel for the duration of a two-year master's degree program.
Fellows also receive stipends during a domestic summer internship following the first year of coursework and an overseas summer fellowship following the second year of graduate study.
- be a U.S. citizen
- be applying for a two-year master's degree program for the following year in one of the following fields: public policy, international affairs, or public administration, or in an academic field such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages
- have a GPA of 3.2 or higher
- intend to work as a Foreign Service officer after graduate school
All eligible candidates are welcome to apply, but the Pickering especially encourages applications from women and members of minority groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the Foreign Service. Those with evidence of financial need are also especially encouraged.
Fellows are obligated to serve a minimum of three years in an appointment as a Foreign Service Officer after the completion of their studies. Candidates must be able to obtain medical, security and suitability clearances in order to remain in the program.
Participants must be able to show outstanding leadership skills and academic achievement relevant to the work of the Department of State, in disciplines such as international affairs, management, communications, history, political science, economics, and modern languages.
External deadline: February 2014 (TBA)