Application Deadline: January 12, 2018
Funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program provides undergraduate and graduate students with financial support, mentoring and professional development to prepare them academically and professionally for a career in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.
- Only individuals who are United States citizens.
- Applicants must be seeking admission to a U.S. graduate school beginning in fall 2018.
- Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application and this grade point average must be maintained throughout participation in the program.
- Applicants must enroll in a two-year, full-time master’s degree program, at U.S. based graduate institutions only, in an academic field relevant to the work of the Foreign Service (public policy, international affairs, public administration, business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages) and be prepared to enter the Foreign Service in Summer 2020.
- Applicants must be able to attend June 2018 orientation in Washington, D.C. if selected.
- Applicants must be available to fulfill the summer internship obligations (summer 2019 & summer 2020)
Pickering Fellowship Program Benefits
- 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.
- Up to $21,500 will be provided each academic year for two years for a Fellow’s tuition
- Up to $16,000 stipend per academic year for two years for room and board, books/laboratory fees, and travel between the Fellow’s residence and university location (not to exceed $600 per academic year)
- 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.
- Orientation to the Program and the Foreign Service at the Department of State.
- Mentoring from a Foreign Service Officer throughout the duration of the fellowship.
- 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.
2018 Pickering Fellowship Timeline
Pickering Application Deadline:
Pickering Selection Interviews:
Notification of Selection as a Fellow:
Deadline for Accepting Fellowship Offer:
Orientation for 2018 Pickering Fellows:
Begin first Pickering-funded year of school:
Begin second Pickering-funded year of school:
Enter Foreign Service:
January 12, 2018
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