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Pickering Foreign Affairs Undergraduate Fellowship

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

Purpose

The Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.  The program seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy.  The goal is to attract 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 program develops a source of trained men and women from academic disciplines representing the skill needs of the Department, 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, Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship, Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship Program, Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes

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;

  • Be in the sophomore year of undergraduate study;

  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale, which must be maintained throughout participation in the program.

Attendance is required between the junior and senior years of college at a seven-week summer institute.  Fellows must also participate in one overseas and one domestic summer internship within the U.S. Department of State.  Students receive a stipend during the internships.

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

Stipend

In the 2012 Fellowships, financial support of up to $40,000 annually for actual expenses for the senior year of college and the first year of graduate study will be provided by the Department of State through the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. 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 his/her academic institution, pending availability of funds. Participating schools provide financial support in the second year of graduate study based on need.

 

Duration

The Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Fellowship is awarded during the junior and senior years of college and during the first year of graduate study.  The Fellow must commit to pursuing a master’s degree in international studies at one of the graduate schools participating in the program.  Participating graduate schools provide financial support in the second year of graduate study based on need.

For more information:

Pickering Foreign Affairs Undergraduate Fellowship

Deadline

01/16/2013