Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Description: The Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The Department of State seeks a Foreign Service that represents America in world affairs with citizens who reflect the diversity and excellence of our society. The program seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. The goal is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The fellowship develops a source of trained men and women from academic disciplines representing the skill needs of the Department who are dedicated to representing America's interests abroad. Each successful candidate is obligated to a minimum of three years' service in an appointment as a Foreign Service officer.
Dollar Value: The Fellowship provides tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees for the first year and second year of graduate study, with reimbursement for books and one round-trip travel. Graduate-level 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.
Number of Fellowships: Varies.
  • Only individuals who are United States citizens at the time of application wilt be considered.
  • Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • At the time of application, candidates must be seeking admission to graduate school for the following academic year. Selected applicants 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).
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale must be maintained throughout participation in the program.
  • Consideration will be given to qualified applicants who, in addition to outstanding leadership skills and academic achievement, demonstrate financial need.
Application Procedures: A completed application for the Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship includes both an online application form, which requires secure registration at the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Web site, and a series of hard-copy supporting documents, as follows:
  • Certification of U.S. citizenship: copy of U.S. passport, birth certificate, or U.S. citizen naturalization papers.
  • Copy of GRE scores.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Official academic transcripts from every undergraduate school attended.
  • Two page resume.
Deadline: February 7, 2013
Dr. Richard Hope
Director Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
P.O. Box 2437 Princeton, NJ 08543-2437