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Pickering, Thomas R., Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

The Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program provides graduate students with financial support, mentoring and professional development to prepare them academically and professionally for a career in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.

Provides up to $37,5000 annually for tuition, room and board, books, and some travel expenses to participants preparing to enter the US Department of State Foreign Service.

Applicants must enroll in a two-year, full-time master’s degree program, at U.S. based graduate institutions only, 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) and be prepared to enter the Foreign Service in Summer 2018.

Applicants must be US citizens and graduating seniors with at least a 3.2 GPA. Each successful candidate is obligated to a minimum of five years service as a Foreign Service officer.


mid January

Application Procedure:
Student applies directly

Eligible to Apply:

Undergraduate: Senior

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:
June 15, 2017

Last Updated: 9/12/17