Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

The Pickering Fellowships provide support for either the senior year of undergrad and 1st year of grad school, or 2 years of graduate school leading toward a career in the U.S. Foreign Service upon receipt of a master's degree. One of the missions of the program is to increase participation of under-represented demographic groups in the U.S. Foreign Service.


The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Programs provide funding to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the United States 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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Only individuals who are United States citizens at the time of application will be considered.
  • Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale from their most recently received degree.
  • At the time of application, candidates must be seeking admission to graduate school for the following academic year. Winners are expected to enroll in a two-year, full-time master’s degree program in either public policy, international affairs, public administration, or in an academic field such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages(U.S. graduate institutions only).
  • Applicants must be available to fulfill the summer internship obligations (summer 2020 & summer 2021)
  • Applicants must be able to attend June 2020 orientation in Washington, D.C. if selected.
  • cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale must be maintained throughout participation in the program.


  • Application Deadline: September 17th, 2019


Application Information

For more detailed information on deadlines and how to apply visit the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs website.



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