The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

December 01, 2011



The Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship program provides 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.

The Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship 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 outstanding 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.

Fellowship Information

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.

NOTE: The application for the 2012 Thomas Pickering Undergraduate Fellowship competition is now open. All application materials must be received by February 3, 2012.  Register/Apply here.