Apply for Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs & Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowships

Students can apply online now for the 2014 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs & Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowships competition!

The Pickering Fellowships help talented students  — highly motivated and academically excellent college juniors and graduating seniors or college graduates — who want to pursue a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. We invite you to share this information with individuals who may be interested in either the Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship (for undergraduate students) or the Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship (for graduate students).

The programs provide:

  • Up to $40,000 annually for academic expenses, covering the last year of undergraduate study and first year of graduate study (Undergraduate Fellowship); or the first and second year of graduate study (Graduate Fellowship)
  • Two paid State Department summer internships (domestic and abroad)
  • Professional development through workshops and informational seminars
  • Mentoring by U.S. Foreign Service Officers

Eligibility requirements at the time of application:

  • Undergraduate applicants: college junior or equivalent
  • Graduate applicants: entering a two-year terminal master’s degree program in the fall of the Fellowship year
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2 (4.0 scale)
  • United States citizenship


Undergraduate Fellowship
Application deadline:  January 24, 2014
Recommendations deadline: January 31, 2014

Graduate Fellowship
Application deadline: February 7, 2014
Recommendations deadline: February 14, 2014


Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the Pickering Programs honor Career Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering, one of the country’s most respected Foreign Service Officers. The goal of the programs is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic and social backgrounds who are dedicated to representing America’s interests abroad. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply to one of the two programs. The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, which administers the Pickering Fellowships, identifies and develops leaders and institutions to meet the nation’s most critical challenges.