Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship

About the Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship

The Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by Washington Center, provides outstanding students pursuing an IT related degree with an opportunity to apply technology solutions to the business of diplomacy. The program awards five Fellows (three graduates and two undergraduates) with tuition assistance, mentorship, and professional development to launch their careers in the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service. Fellows who successfully complete the program and the Foreign Affairs IT Specialist entry requirements will receive an appointment as a Foreign Service Information Management Specialist (IMS). Individuals from traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Location of award, if applicable: U.S. university with internships in Washington, D.C.

Eligible applicants:

– must be US citizen
– be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program relevant to IT and entering your junior year in the fall of the cohort year; OR be seeking admission to an IT-related master’s degree program beginning in the fall of the cohort year
– Graduate fellowship applicants must be seeking admission to a US graduate school and enroll in fall 2019 in a 2 year full time master’s degree program in an IT related field.
– have a GPA of 3.2 or higher and this must be maintained for the duration of the fellowship.
– must be prepared to enter Foreign Service

University endorsement required?


Citizenship requirement:

Must be U.S. citizen

The Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship application process:

Review the information on the fellowship website on eligibility, application process and the fellowship recipient obligations.

Discuss with CFSA and your mentor(s) your plans to apply for the fellowship.

Follow the instructions on the online student portal to complete an online application.

Application components include:
– a personal statement
– an updated resume
– your most recent financial aid award letter
– your most recent Student Aid Report (SAR)
– a statement of financial need

Request letters of recommendation from two individuals who can explain why you are uniquely qualified for the fellowship.

Application deadline is in December.

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

Advising contact:

Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising  Email: More Information:

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