The Pickering Fellowship is one of the State Department’s premier diversity recruitment programs for the Foreign Service. The Fellowship is designed to attract outstanding individuals from all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career with the U.S. Department of State. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need are encouraged to apply.

Program highlights include:

  • Up to $37,500 annually for tuition, room and board, books, mandatory fees and some travel expenses for a two-year master’s degree in fields related to the Foreign Service such as business administration, economics, public policy, international affairs, and other relevant fields.
  • Two summer internships, one at a domestic office of the Department of State in Washington, D.C. and one overseas at a U.S. embassy or consulate. The program provides stipends, transportation and housing for these internships.
  • Employment in the Department of State Foreign Service for those who successfully complete the program and Foreign Service entry requirements in accordance with applicable law and State Department policy.

The application for the 2018 Pickering Fellowship will open on October 16th via our Pickering Fellowship page. Prospective applicants are encouraged to survey this page to assess their eligibility and review expectations if selected. All applications and recommendation materials must be received by January 12, 2018 in order to be considered.

Beginning with this application cycle, 30 fellowships will be awarded to Graduate Fellows only. Those who are currently seniors or those who have already completed their undergraduate studies are eligible to apply.

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