Deadline: January 12, 2018; click here for deadline information.
Official Pickering Fellowship Website  


The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Programs are a collaborative effort between the United States Department of State and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The Programs provide academic and professional preparation for outstanding candidates to enter the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service, representing America’s interests abroad. Pickering Fellows are undergraduate and graduate students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy.

Fellows will receive financial support of up to $40,000 annually for: Tuition costs (first priority), room and board, books, mandatory fees, and one round trip ticket between Fellow’s residence and his/her academic institutions

Eligibility requirements

  • At the time of application, candidates must be seeking admission to graduate school
  • Winners are expected to enroll in a two-year, full-time master’s degree program in an academic field relevant to the work of the Foreign Service. The Fellowship does not fund law or joint law degree programs.
  • Only U.S. institutions based in the U.S. are eligible.
  • Applicants must be available to fulfill the summer internship obligations
  • Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale must be maintained throughout participation in the program.

Selection criteria

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Application requirements

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