Deadline: September; check Pickering site for exact date
Official Pickering Fellowship Website  


The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship is a program of the US Department of State, administered by Howard University.

The Program provides graduate fellowships to qualified college seniors and college graduates committed to joining the Foreign Service.  The fellowship helps finance two-year graduate programs, provides two summer internships, offers mentoring from a Foreign Service Officer, and provides other professional development activities.  The program continues to ensure that the Foreign Service reflects the face of America to foreign audiences and provides a source of trained women and men who are dedicated to pursuing Foreign Service careers with the Department of State and representing America’s interests abroad.

Fellows will receive financial support of up to $37,500 annually for a two year graduate program that prepares them for a career in the Foreign Service. They also receive mentoring and summer internships.

Fellows commit to at least 5 years of service after receiving their degrees.

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

Please visit the official website for selection criteria and information here.

Application requirements

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