Apply for the 2022 Pickering Graduate Fellowship by September 22

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program is now accepting applications for the 2022 Pickering Graduate Fellowship Program!

Applications are due by September 22.

The Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program is a premier U.S. Department of State program created to attract diverse talent to its Foreign Service.

The Fellowship encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need. Based on the fundamental principle that diversity is a strength in our diplomatic efforts, the program values varied backgrounds, including ethnic, racial, social, and geographic diversity. Applicants with any undergraduate major are welcome to apply. Selected Fellows will receive support for graduate school and will enter exciting and rewarding careers representing the United States overseas.

Program Benefits

  • Support of up to $42,000 per year for a two-year period for tuition, room, board, books, and mandatory fees for completion of two-year master’s degree in fields related to the Foreign Service such as Business Administration, Economics, Management Science, Organizational Development/Leadership, Public Policy, and International Relations at a U.S.-based institution.
  • An orientation to the Fellowship and the Foreign Service at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Two summer internships, one at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. in summer 2023 and one overseas at a U.S. embassy or consulate in summer 2024.
  • Mentoring from Foreign Service Officers throughout the Fellowship.
  • Employment in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service, in accordance with applicable law and U.S. Department of State policy, for those who successfully complete the Fellowship and meet Foreign Service entry requirements. Fellows must commit to a minimum of five years of service.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Seek admission to a two-year, full-time, on-campus, master’s degree program at a U.S.-based graduate institution to begin in the fall of 2022 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).
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale

About the U.S. Foreign Service

Foreign Service Officers in the U.S. Department of State are responsible for formulating, implementing and supporting U.S. foreign policy. Their work includes analyzing political and economic events around the world; negotiating with foreign governments; assisting U.S. citizens abroad; educating foreign audiences about American culture and values; and managing an embassy’s operations. They are engaged in foreign policy issues such as conflict resolution, human rights, environmental and health issues, nuclear nonproliferation, and educational exchange. A Foreign Service career is much more than just a job; it is a uniquely demanding and rewarding way of life. Foreign Service Officers work in Washington, D.C. and in more than 250 diplomatic posts worldwide. As representatives of the United States, Foreign Service Officers have a direct impact on people’s lives, witness history in the making, and help create and implement U.S. policy.


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