Syracuse University

Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising

Pickering Fellowship

About the Pickering Fellowship

To attract and prepare students for entry into the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service by funding a Master’s degree in a relevant field of study.

What exactly is the Foreign Service? The mission of a U.S. diplomat in the Foreign Service is to promote peace, support prosperity, and protect American citizens while advancing the interests of the U.S. abroad. Foreign Service officers work in a variety of positions and tracks around the globe, but generally, serving as a U.S. diplomat requires fortitude, flexibility, the ability to adapt to changing situations, and cultures other than your own. The job requires strong language skills and the ability to flourish in a constantly changing environment—Foreign Service officers change jobs and locations every 2-4 years. It’s a challenging and rewarding career path.

The Pickering Graduate Fellowship is designed to support two years of graduate study, frequently for a master’s degree, offering tuition and living stipends. The Pickering Undergraduate Fellowship supports the student’s senior year of undergraduate study and one year of graduate study, frequently for a master’s degree, offering tuition and living stipends. All Pickering Fellows benefit from summer internships and mentoring by a Foreign Service officer. Following the completion of graduate study, Fellows must enter the Foreign Service for at least three years.

Special Location of award, if applicable:

Eligible applicants:

• are seniors or alumni
• at the time of application, candidates must be seeking admission to graduate school for the following academic year
• are eager to embark on an international career path and want to enter the US Department of State Foreign Service
• have at least a 3.2
• are US citizens

Student year:

Student year at time of application:  Graduate or Senior

University endorsement required?


Citizenship requirement:

Must be U.S. citizen

The Pickering Fellowship application process:

Research graduate programs relevant to the Foreign Service. Eligible two-year, full-time master’s degree programs include either public policy, international affairs, public administration, or in an academic field such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages. Only programs at U.S. graduate institutions are eligible.

Applications are due in early February. Contact CFSA to get started!

Advising contact:

Jolynn Parker  Email:
More Information:

Enter any terms you are interested, such as “Government” or “Biotechnology”,