Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Programs

Degree Level: Undergrad, or Post UG, or Graduate

Field of Study: Arts & Humanities, or Social Sci., Business, Law, Education

GPA Cutoff: 3.2

Special Consideration: Extreme financial need, or Underrepresented racial or ethnic group, or Female

Location: International

Duration: Multi-year

Deadlines: February. Please check website below for the specific date.


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. Candidates must be able to obtain medical, security and suitability clearances in order to remain in the program.

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 in the fall. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.

Minimum GPA: 3.2

Visit the Pickering Fellowship site.

Award Details

Amount: Tuition, room, board, and fees plus stipends during participation two summer internships (one domestic and one overseas)

Duration: Two years of support + 5 year foreign service obligation