Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Fellowship Information


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.

Who Should Apply:

US citizen, 3.2 minimum GPA, and must be in their junior year of undergraduate study. 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. Consideration will also be given to applicants who demonstrate financial need.There is an interview for finalists.

Fellowship Benefits:

In the 2013 Fellowships, financial support of up to $40,000 annually for actual expenses for the senior year of college and the first year of graduate school* will be provided for:

Program Duration:

Fellowship supports your senior year of study and the first year of graduate school.

Number & Amount Available:

Number of awards varies yearly and depends on annual funding. Fellowship will provide up to $40,000 to support two years of study. Fellows must participate in one ten-week overseas and one ten-week domestic summer internship within the U.S. Department of State which provide students with valuable work experience in foreign affairs. Students receive a stipend during the internships. There is a service agreement.

Citizenship Requirements:
STEM Fields Only:

Student Information

Required GPA:
3.2 and above
Academic Level:


Initial Deadline:
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NC State Campus Deadline:


National Deadline:
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