The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program is a collaborative effort between the United States Department of State and The Washington Center. The Program provides 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 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.
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 2018 can apply for the Graduate Fellowship.
Last updated July 2018
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