Fellowships and Opportunities


Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship 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.

Pickering Fellows receive mentoring, professional development, and financial support as they prepare to enter the Foreign Service.  Upon successful completion of the Foreign Service examination, Pickering Fellows make a commitment to a minimum of five years of service in an appointment as Foreign Service Officer. 

The Pickering Fellowship has both an Undergraduate and Graduate Program. Pickering Undergraduate applicants must apply as rising seniors; Graduate applicants must be seeking admission to a two-year master’s degree program for the following fall. Acceptable programs include public policy, international affairs, public administration, business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages.

Fellows will receive financial support for:

  • Tuition costs (Undergraduate Fellowship: senior year and first year of graduate school; Graduate Fellowship: first and second year of graduate school)
  • Room and board
  • Books
  • Mandatory Fees
  • One round trip ticket between Fellow’s residence and his/her academic institutions


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