Fellowship: Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship (for US undergrad and graduate students)

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

for more info see http://woodrow.org/fellowships/pickering/

Foreign Affairs




Mission

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Programs provide funding to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.

The Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Programs seek 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 Programs develop 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.



The Fellowship

The Thomas R. Pickering 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 reflects the diversity and excellence of our society. The Fellowship is designed to attract outstanding individuals from all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career with the U.S. Department of State.

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 of 2014.

2014 Fellows will receive financial support of up to $40,000 annually* for:

  • Tuition costs (first priority)
  • Room and board
  • Books
  • Mandatory Fees
  • One round trip ticket between Fellow's residence and his/her academic institutions

* Undergraduate Fellowship: senior year and first year of graduate school; Graduate Fellowship: first and second year of graduate school

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship is named in honor of one of the most distinguished and capable American diplomats of the latter half of the 20th century. Mr. Pickering holds the title of Career Ambassador, the highest title in the U.S. Foreign Service. He served as Ambassador to Nigeria, El Salvador, Israel, India, and the Russian Federation, finishing his career as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. For more information on Ambassador Pickering, please visit the U.S. Department of State Web site.


Undergraduate Fellowship

  • Only individuals who are United States citizens at the time of application will be considered.
  • Applicants must be in the junior year of undergraduate study (or equivalent).
  • Applicants must be expecting to receive their bachelor’s degree in Spring 2015.
  • Winners are expected to enroll in a two-year, full-time master’s degree program in an academic field relevant to the work of the Foreign Service.
  • The Fellowship does not fund law or joint law degree programs.
  • Only U.S. institutions based in the U.S. are eligible.
  • Applicants must be available to fulfill the summer internship obligations (summer 2015 & 2016)
  • Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale must be maintained throughout participation in the program.

Graduate Fellowship

  • Only individuals who are United States citizens at the time of application will be considered.
  • At the time of application, candidates must be seeking admission to graduate school beginning in Fall 2014.
  • Winners are expected to enroll in a two-year, full-time master’s degree program. Acceptable programs include public policy, international affairs, public administration, business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages.
  • The Fellowship does not fund law or joint law degree programs.
  • Only U.S. graduate institutions based in the U.S. are eligible.
  • Applicants must be available to fulfill the summer internship obligations (summer 2015 & 2016)
  • Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale from their most recently received degree.
  • 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 demonstrate outstanding leadership skills and academic achievement in programs relevant to the work of the U.S. Department of State. Consideration will also be given to candidates who demonstrate financial need. The number of fellowships will be determined by available funding.

Finalists will be invited to participate in an interview process.

To Apply

A complete Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs or Graduate Foreign Affairs  Fellowship application consists of these required components:

  1. A submitted online application.
  2. .PDF files of the required supplemental items, uploaded into the online application.
  3. Two (2) letters of Recommendation emailed from the recommender.

Basic steps for each of these can be found below.

Undergraduate Program
Application deadline: January 24, 2014
Recommendations deadline: January 31, 2014

Graduate Program
Application deadline: February 7, 2014
Recommendations deadline: February 14, 2014

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