The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship is accepting application for the 2018 Pickering Fellowship cohort at Applications are due on January 12th, 2018.

The Pickering Fellowship is a U.S. Department of State and The Washington Center administered fellowship that provides students graduate students with financial support, mentoring, and professional development to prepare them for a career with the U.S. Department of State foreign service. Applicants who are women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and those with financial need are encouraged to apply.

What the Program Has to Offer

  • Up to $37,500 annually for tuition, room, and board, books, mandatory fees, and some travel expenses for a two-year master’s degree in fields related to the Foreign Service such as business administration, economics, public policy, international affairs, and other relevant fields.
    • Up to $21,500 provided for each academic year for a Fellow’s tuition
    • Up to $16,000 stipend per academic year for room and board, books/laboratory fees, and travel between the Fellow’s residence and university location.
    • Two summer internships: one at a domestic office of the Department of State in Washington D.C. and one overseas at a U.S. embassy or consulate. The program provides stipends, transportation and housing for these internships.
  • Orientation to the Program and the Foreign Service at the Department of State.
  • Mentoring from a Foreign Service Officer throughout the duration of the fellowship.
  • Employment in the Department of State Foreign Service for those who successfully complete the program and Foreign Service entry requirements in accordance with applicable law and State Department policy.

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Applicants must be seeking admission to a U.S. graduate school beginning in fall 2018
  • Cumulative GPA of a 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application
  • Applications must be able to attend June 2018 orientation in Washington, D.C. if selected.
  • Applicants must be available to fulfill the summer internship obligations (summer 2019 & summer 2020.

About the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State

The Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State is a career for those passionate about public service and representing the U.S. around the world. U.S. Foreign Service officers, also known as U.S. diplomats, work in over 270 embassies, consulates, and other diplomatic missions in every region of the world. Their mission to promote peace, support prosperity, and protect American citizens while advancing the interests of the U.S. abroad.

For more information on the Pickering Fellowship and the U.S. Department of State, visit