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Pickering Fellowship

Program Information

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program provides undergraduate and graduate students funding to prepare academically and professionally to enter the United States 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.


To be eligible for a Pickering Fellowship you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • Seeking admission to a two-year, full-time, on-campus, master's degree program at a U.S.-based graduate institution 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).
  • Able to demonstrate that you have grade point average of 3.2 or higher

Award Information

The Pickering Fellowship will provide funding annually for tuition, room and board, mandatory fees, and some travel expenses for up to two years. The program also includes one domestic internship and one overseas summer internship and provides funding for travel and housing for the internships.

Learn more information about the Pickering Fellowship.