Two years of funding toward a Master's, leading to Foreign Service career.



September 29, 2022

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Quick facts

Academic Discipline

Government, Law, and Policy
Leadership and Business
Social Sciences


US Citizen


Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Entering Graduate, Graduate



GPA: Required Minimum


Endorsement Required


Award Amount

Financial support of up to $42,000 annually towards tuition and mandatory fees (excluding health insurance), living stipend (based on the institution room and board rate), reimbursement for books, and some travel may be paid during the senior year and during the first year of graduate study, pending availability of funding. Participating schools provide financial support in the second year of graduate study based on need.


The Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship program provides funding to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the United States 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. The Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. The goal is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The Program develops a source of trained men and women from academic disciplines representing the skill needs of the Department, who are dedicated to representing America's interests abroad.



* 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. * 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. 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, such as international affairs, management, communications, history, political science, economics, and foreign languages, and also to whether a candidate demonstrates financial need. Forty-five fellowships will be offered. NOTE: there is an undergraduate fellowship that one must apply to sophomore year, but there are also graduate fellowships available.