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The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Foreign Affairs

The application process for both the Pickering Undergraduate Fellowship and the Pickering Graduate Fellowship is now open.

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Eligibility

All applicants should review the following important message from the Department of State:

We welcome your interest in applying to the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship. We want you to fully understand what is involved in the fellowship and suggest that you carefully review the website (www.woodrow.org/Pickering) on issues such as program elements, eligibility and application requirements, as well as the selection process. The Fellowship provides significant benefits in supporting graduate studies, internships, professional development, and employment with the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. However, you should also be aware of requirements and obligations associated with a career in the Department’s Foreign Service. Please read the following carefully. The information is designed to help you determine your qualification for this program and a career as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State.

If accepted as a Pickering Fellow, continued participation in the program is explicitly conditioned upon your obtaining a Department of State worldwide medical clearance, a top secret security clearance and a favorable suitability review. You will also have a contractual obligation to work as a Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State for a minimum of (5) five years following the completion of your Fellowship program. The purpose of the Final Review is to determine, from the candidate’s total record, whether the candidate is indeed suitable to represent the United States government as a Foreign Service Officer. The Final Review Panel has the authority to terminate a candidacy. The most common grounds for a finding of unsuitability are a recent history of drug or alcohol abuse and delinquency in repaying debt or other evidence of financial irresponsibility. Candidates whose file indicates such issues are unlikely to be found suitable for the Foreign Service.

If at any time you are unable to obtain the required clearances and a favorable suitability review or fail to fulfill your service obligation, you may be terminated from the program and may be required to repay the United States government the amount of money, plus interest, that is equal to the total cost of the financial assistance paid by the United States government in connection with your education.

With the above in mind, we invite you to continue your application. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions at Pickering@woodrow.org or 800-899-9963.

Undergraduate Fellowship

  • Only individuals who are United States citizens at the time of application will be considered.
  • Applicants must be in the junior year of undergraduate study (or equivalent).
  • Applicants must be expecting to receive their bachelor’s degree in spring 2016.
  • Winners are expected to enroll in a two-year, full-time master’s degree program in an academic field relevant to the work of the Foreign Service.
  • The Fellowship does not fund law or joint law degree programs.
  • Only U.S. institutions based in the U.S. are eligible.
  • Applicants must be available to fulfill the summer internship obligations (summer 2016 & 2017)
  • Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale must be maintained throughout participation in the program.

Graduate Fellowship

  • Only individuals who are United States citizens at the time of application will be considered.
  • At the time of application, candidates must be seeking admission to graduate school beginning in fall 2015.
  • Winners are expected to enroll in a two-year, full-time master’s degree program. Acceptable programs include public policy, international affairs, public administration, business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages.
  • The Fellowship does not fund law or joint law degree programs.
  • Only U.S. graduate institutions based in the U.S. are eligible.
  • Applicants must be available to fulfill the summer internship obligations (summer 2016 & 2017)
  • Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale from their most recently received degree.
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale must be maintained throughout participation in the program.

Consideration will be given to qualified applicants who demonstrate outstanding leadership skills and academic achievement in programs relevant to the work of the U.S. Department of State. Consideration will also be given to candidates who demonstrate financial need. The number of fellowships will be determined by available funding.

Finalists will be invited to participate in an interview process.

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