Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship

Fellowship Information


The goal of the Fellowship Program is to attract outstanding students who enroll in two-year master’s degree programs in public policy, international affairs, public administration, or academic fields such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages, who represent all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds and 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 who will represent the skill needs of the Department and who are dedicated to representing America’s interests abroad.

Who Should Apply:

Applicants must be US Citizens, have a 3.2 minimum GPA, and at the time of application, applicants must be seeking admission to graduate school for the following academic year which must be a two-year, full-time master’s degree program in either public policy, international affairs, public administration, or in an academic field such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages (U.S. graduate institutions only). Applicants should 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. Financial need is also a factor. Finalists will be invited to participate in an interview process.

Fellowship Benefits:

Pending availability, any remaining funding will be allotted to the folowing related academic fees and expenses: room, board, books, mandatory fees, and one round-trip ticket per academic year between the Fellow’s residence and the academic institution.

Program Duration:

Fellowship covers both years of graduate school for expenses up to $40,000.

Number & Amount Available:

In 2012, the Department of State, through the WWNFF, agrees to provide financial support of up to $40,000 annually for actual expenses during the first and second years of graduate school. Tuition costs will be covered first.

Citizenship Requirements:
STEM Fields Only:

Student Information

Required GPA:
3.2 and above
Academic Level:


Initial Deadline:
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National Deadline:
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