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Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

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Funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program provides graduate students with financial support, mentoring and professional development to prepare them academically and professionally for a career in the U.S. 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.


  • Only individuals who are United States citizens.
  • Applicants must be seeking admission to a U.S. graduate school beginning in fall 2018.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application and this grade point average must be maintained throughout participation in the program.
  • Applicants must enroll in a two-year, full-time master’s degree program, at U.S. based graduate institutions only, in an academic field relevant to the work of the Foreign Service (public policy, international affairs, public administration, business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages) and be prepared to enter the Foreign Service in Summer 2019.
  • Applicants must be able to attend June 2018 orientation in Washington, D.C. if selected (summer 2019 and summer 2020).
  • Applicants must be available to fulfill the summer internship obligations.

Application Procedure

  1. Fill out the online application. Throughout the process, you can save your application and return to it at a later time.
  2. Submit supplemental items. You will be required to submit supplemental documents as PDF files directly through the online application. These include:
    1. An unofficial copy of your transcript (all schools attended)
    2. A copy of your certification of U.S. citizenship (U.S. passport, birth certificate, or naturalization papers accepted.)
    3. Your GRE/GMAT scores (Graduate Fellowship applicants only.)
    4. Personal statement
    5. Resume
    6. Your most recent financial aid award letter listing grants or loans
    7. Your most recent Student Aid Report
    8. Statement of financial need
  3. Provide letters of recommendation/ Request letters from two recommenders. Select recommenders who can explain why you are uniquely qualified for the fellowship. If you were enrolled in a degree-granting program within the last two years, one letter must be from a professor or faculty member who knows you. The other letter may be from someone else familiar with your college, volunteer, work, or community activities.

For more information on the application process, click here.

Value of the Award

  • 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.
  • 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.



Past Winners


Hannah Cha
Class of 2009
Political Science

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