Two years of funding toward a Master's, leading to Foreign Service career.
Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship
Academic DisciplineArea Studies
StatusSophomore, Junior, Senior, Recent Alumni
GPA: Required Minimum3.2
Financial support of up to $42,000 annually towards tuition, room & board, and travel.
The Pickering Fellowship funds two years of graduate study at any U.S. university in an area related to foreign affairs. Fellows will also complete two summer internships, one at the Department of State and the other at an overseas embassy or consulate. Upon completion of the Fellowship, Fellows will receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers in the State Department, where they are committed to remain for at least 5 years. Applicants must apply separately for admission to their graduate program.
Selection criteria include:
- Demonstrated interest in foreign affairs, including knowledge and understanding of fundamental U.S. foreign policy interests and goals, topical international affairs issues, and major foreign policy challenges facing the United States
- Tenacity and perseverance
- Writing ability
- Financial need
Applicants must be graduating seniors or alumni, U.S. citizens, and hold a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or higher.