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Congratulations to Andres Puerta, an alternate for the 2023 Clarke DS Fellowship

March 7, 2023

We're pleased to announce that Andres Puerta, global studies '23, has been selected as an alternate for the William D. Clarke, Sr. Diplomatic Security (Clarke DS) Fellowship for 2023. Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the Clarke DS Fellowship is a two-year graduate fellowship program designed for individuals who want to pursue a master’s degree and a career as a Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Special Agent in the Foreign Service. We're very proud of Andres for the hard work and determination he has shown throughout the application process.

Andres PuertaAndres Puerta
global studies '23 

Andres has focused his studies on foreign policy and international relations after serving as a Marine Security Guard for four different United States embassies, which sparked his interest in foreign relations. He carried this interest into Drexel University after serving in the Marine Corps by majoring in global studies with a concentration in global justice and human rights. He hopes to bring his experience working in the diplomatic field and the courses he took while attending Drexel to become a well-rounded Diplomatic Security Agent for the Department of State. 

A high-profile State Department diversity recruitment program, the Clarke DS Fellowship aims to attract qualified candidates to the Diplomatic Security Service who represent ethnic, racial, gender, social, and geographic diversity. Women, members of minority groups underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and those with financial need are encouraged to apply.

The two-year fellowship program provides:

  • Up to $24,000 annually for tuition for a two-year, full-time master’s degree program.
  • Up to $18,000 annually during the two years of graduate study for room and board, books/laboratory fees, and other academic expenses, and travel between your residence and graduate school.
  • Two summer practicums (with stipends, housing, and travel allowances): one at a U.S. Department of State office in Washington, D.C., and one overseas at a U.S. embassy or consulate.
  • Personalized mentoring and professional development opportunities throughout the program.

Upon successful completion of the fellowship program and Foreign Service entry requirements, fellows receive an appointment as a Foreign Service Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Special Agent. Fellows agree to a five-year commitment in the Foreign Service as a DSS Special Agent. Once appointed, DSS Special Agents are required to successfully pass a rigorous training program.

For more information, please visit the Clarke DS Fellowship website or email