Special Academic Opportunities

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program

The goal of the Thomas R. Pickering Program is to represent America in world affairs with citizens who reflect the diversity and excellence of our society.  Students chosen should be talented in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy.  Includes students from all ethnic backgrounds, who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State.  The program 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.


Tuition, living stipend, mandatory fees, reimbursement for books and on round-trip travel between home and school are paid during the junior and senior years and during the first year of graduate study.  Participating schools provide financial support in the second year of graduate study based on need.


Applicants must:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be in the sophomore year of undergraduate study
  • Have a cumulative grade point average 3.2 or higher

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February 6, 2009



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