Fellowships & Scholarships

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Sponsor: Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (United States Department of State)

Purpose: 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 Programs provide academic and professional preparation for outstanding candidates to enter the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service, representing America’s interests abroad. Pickering Fellows are undergraduate and graduate students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.

Opportunity:

  • Two years of financial support, up to $37,500 annually for tuition costs, room and board, books, mandatory fees, and one round-trip ticket between Fellow’s residence and his/her academic institutions
  • The Pickering Undergraduate Fellowship covers senior year and the first year of graduate school
  • The Pickering Graduate Fellowship covers the first and second year of graduate school
  • Will be paired with mentors in the foreign service
  • Two paid summer internships:
    • Washington, DC at the Department of State
    • Overseas at a US Embassy

Citizenship requirements: U.S. Citizen

Min. GPA: 3.2

Additional criteria: The Fellow must commit to pursuing a graduate degree in an acceptable programs include public policy, international affairs, public administration, business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages. The Fellowship does not fund law or joint law degree programs.

Service requirement:  You will also have a contractual obligation to work as a Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State for a minimum of (5) five years following the completion of your Fellowship program.

National deadline:

  • Pickering Undergraduate Fellowship — Late January
  • Pickering Graduate Fellowship — Early February

Campus deadline: Early January

Websites: http://woodrow.org/fellowships/pickering/

Class year: Junior, Senior, or Alum

Fields of study: Social Sciences mostly — academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy

Foreign/Domestic:

  • Foreign
  • Domestic