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Pickering, Thomas R., Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

The Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship is a U.S. Department of State program administered by Howard University that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people, based on financial need, who represent ethnic, gender, social, and geographic diversity and have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The Program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need.

This is a highly selective program. To be eligible to participate, you must meet the following criteria:

Be a U.S. citizen.
Seek admission to a two-year, full-time, on-campus, master’s degree program at a U.S.-based graduate institution to begin in the fall of 2019 in an academic field relevant to the work of the Foreign Service (public policy, international affairs, public administration, business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages).
Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale


September 20

Application Procedure:
Student applies directly

Eligible to Apply:

Undergraduate: None

Graduate: None

Award Type:
Scholarship / Fellowship

Award Period:
Academic Year (Graduate)
Summer (Graduate)

Disciplines / Areas of Study or Interest:
Open to all fields; Foreign service

Additional Qualifications:
US Citizen; Economically disadvantaged or under-represented minority; Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2

Last Updated:
July 12, 2018

Last Updated: 9/12/17