Up to $84,000 toward graduate study in international affairs or a related subject at any university in the US.


Application Deadline

September 19, 2024 at 4:00 PM

Deadline during the Fall semester

Duke Contact

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Quick facts

Academic Discipline

Arts & Humanities
Professional (Law/Medicine/Business)
Public Service
Social Sciences

Eligibility: Citizenship

U.S. Citizen

When to Apply

Senior Year, Young Alumni

Campus Nomination Required?



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.


The fellowship funds up to $42,000 toward tuition and fees each year and an annual stipend of $18,000. Fellows also participate in two summer internships, one at the State Department during the summer in between their first two years of graduate study and the other at US embassy or consulate overseas during the summer after finishing graduate school. The program provides additional support for summer travel, housing, and other related expenses.

Scholars also gain access to a strong alumni network and ongoing opportunities for networking, collaboration, and advancement.

Upon successful completion of the program, fellows will receive appointments in the State Department Foreign Service and must complete at least five years as a Foreign Service Officer.



Applicants must be graduating seniors or alumni, U.S. citizens, and hold a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or higher.

Selection Criteria

  • 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
  • Leadership
  • Tenacity and perseverance
  • Writing ability
  • Financial need

Recent Duke Recipients


Beza Gebremariam

Pickering Fellow