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Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship

Provides support for students interested in pursuing a Foreign Service career.

Purpose

The Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Fellowship seeks to attract outstanding students who enroll in two-year master’s degree programs in public policy, international affairs, public administration, or academic fields such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages, who represent all ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds and who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State.  The program develops a source of trained men and women who will represent the skill needs of the Department and who are dedicated to representing America’s interests abroad.

 

SEE ALSO:  NSEP Boren Scholarships for Study Abroad, NSEP Boren Graduate Fellowship, NSEP Language Flagship Fellowships, Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes, Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship Program, Pickering Foreign Affairs Undergraduate Fellowship

Selection Criteria

Consideration will be given to qualified applicants who, in addition to outstanding leadership skills and academic achievement, demonstrate financial need.

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • Be U.S. citizens at the time of application;

  • Have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale;

  • At the time of application, 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, or public administration, or in an academic field such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages (U.S. graduate institutions only);

  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale throughout participation in the program.

Each successful candidate is obligated to a minimum of three years’ service in an appointment as a Foreign Service Officer.  Candidates who do not successfully complete the program and Foreign Service entry requirements may be subject to a reimbursement obligation to the Department of State. 

Stipend

The fellowships offer financial support of up to $37,500 annually for actual expenses during the first and second years of graduate school. This funding is to help cover tuition costs first then room and board, books, mandatory fees and one round- trip ticket per academic year between the Fellow’s residence and the academic institution, pending availability of funds.

 

The Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Fellowship award includes tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees.  Each year’s award also includes reimbursement for books and travel (one round trip per academic year, up to a set maximum amount).  Fellows also receive stipends during participation in one domestic summer internship between the first and second year of graduate school, one summer overseas internship following the second year of graduate school, and guidance from a Foreign Service Officer during graduate school.

Duration

The Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Fellowship is awarded the first and second year of graduate school.

For more information:

Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship

Deadline

01/16/2017

Internal Selection Deadline (LSU)

01/02/2017