Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

About the Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program is a program funded by the U.S. Department of State, administered by Howard University, that provides graduate fellowships to outstanding college seniors and college graduates committed to Foreign Service careers in the U.S. Department of State. The Program welcomes the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the State Department, women, and those with financial need. Based on the fundamental principle that diversity is a strength in our diplomatic efforts, the program values varied backgrounds, including ethnic, racial, social, and geographic diversity.

Upon successful completion of a two-year master’s degree program and fulfillment of Foreign Service entry requirements, fellows have the opportunity to work as Foreign Service Officers in accordance with applicable law and State Department policy, serving in Washington, DC and at a U.S. embassy, consulate, or diplomatic mission around the globe. Fellows also agree to a minimum five-year service commitment in the Department of State’s Foreign Service. The five-year service commitment begins upon entry into the Foreign Service.

Location of award, if applicable: U.S. universities and internships in Washington, D.C.

Eligible applicants:

University endorsement required?


Citizenship requirement:

Must be U.S. citizen

The Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship application process:

Start by reviewing the program website for information on the program requirements and eligibility.

Contact a CFSA advisor and your mentor(s) to discuss your interest in the program and plans to apply.

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 open in the summer.

Application components include:
– completed online application
– transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended
– proof of US citizenship
– a copy of GRE/GMAT scores report (optional)
– a personal statement
– an updated resume
– statement of financial need
– official financial award letter from your last year of undergraduate studies
– two letters of recommendation

Application deadline is in mid September.

Interested? Contact CFSA for more information on how to get started!

Advising contact:

Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising  Email:  cfsa@syr.edu More Information:  https://pickeringfellowship.org/

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