Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowships
The fellowship program is funded by the United States Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (WWNFF). The Department of State seeks a Foreign Service that represents America in world affairs with citizens who reflect the diversity and excellence of our society. 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 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.
Eligibility requirements include the following:
- Only individuals who are United States citizens at the time of application will be considered.
- Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
- At the time of application, candidates must 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).
- A cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale must be maintained throughout participation in the program.
Consideration will be given to qualified applicants who, in addition to outstanding leadership skills and academic achievement, demonstrate financial need. The number of fellowships will be determined by available funding.
Tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees are paid for the first year and second year of graduate study, with reimbursement for books and travel (one round trip per academic year, up to a set maximum amount).
The 2009 deadline has passed. Check here for 2010 updated information.
The complete application packet consists of an official application form and supporting documents (personal statement, Employment Data Form, GRE form, certification of citizenship, two letters of recommendation, official academic transcripts, official financial aid transcript).
For further information about the application process, e-mail.