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Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship


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Who Can Apply: US Citizens – Seniors, Recent Grads – GPA of 3.2 or higher required – All majors

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

Description: The Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship program was created by the U.S. State Department to attract outstanding students from all ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds who are interested in pursuing careers as Foreign Service officers. Foreign Service officers staff U.S. embassies, consulates, and missions worldwide and also serve in Washington, D.C. Their responsibilities include policy analysis, formulation, and execution; management of resources; the provision of services to Americans in need; implementation of U.S. immigration and nationality law; trade promotion and business facilitation; public diplomacy; and representation of U.S. interests.

The Pickering Fellowship program seeks to recruit talented graduating seniors or recent graduates with majors in fields relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.

At the time of application, candidates must be seeking admission to graduate school for the following academic year. Winners are expected to enroll in a two-year, full-time master's degree program in public policy, international affairs, or public administration, or in an academic field such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages (U.S. graduate institutions only).

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Program Preferences: The Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship program prefers applicants who are strongly motivated to pursue careers as Foreign Service officers.

Consideration will be given to qualified applicants who, in addition to outstanding leadership skills and academic achievement, demonstrate financial need.

Service Obligation: Each successful candidate is obligated to a minimum of five years of service in an appointment as a Foreign Service officer. Candidates who do not successfully complete the program and fail to meet Foreign Service entry requirements may be subject to a reimbursement obligation to the U.S. Department of State.

Award Amount: Financial support of up to $37,500 annually for actual expenses during the first and second years of graduate school will be provided. This funding is to help cover tuition costs first, then room and board, books, mandatory fees, and one round trip ticket per academic year between the Fellow’s residence and his/her academic institution, pending availability of funds. Pickering Graduate Fellows receive stipends during participation in one domestic summer internship between the first and second year of graduate school and one summer overseas internship following the second year of graduate school.

Duration: The fellowship supports two years of graduate study, which are followed by the five required years of service. In addition two summer internships are required during and immediately after graduate study.

National Deadlines: Application deadline - January 12, 2018

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