The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Programs are a collaborative effort between the United States Department of State and The Washington Center. 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.
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. Candidates must be able to obtain medical, security and suitability clearances in order to remain in the program.
Pickering candidates who are expected to receive their Bachelor degree in 2018 can apply during their junior year for the Undergraduate Fellowship.
Alternatively, applicants in their senior year or those who have already completed a Bachelor's degree and are seeking admission to a two-year master’s degree program in the fall of 2017 can apply for the Graduate Fellowship. For further clarification about the best option for you, please contact the Drexel Fellowships Office.
Fields of Study:
- Business and Law
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
- Social Sciences and Humanities
- United States
- Asia & Pacific
- North America
- South America
- Professional Opportunity
- Extreme financial need
- Underrepresented racial or ethnic group