Special Academic Opportunities

Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

The Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship program provides graduate 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.


Tuition and mandatory fees (excluding health insurance), living stipend (based on the institution’s room and board rate), reimbursement for books and one round-trip travel between home and school are paid during the first year and second year of graduate study.


At the time of application, candidates must be seeking admission to graduate school for the following academic year in a U.S. institution.  Winners are expected to enroll in a two-year, full-time master’s degree program in such fields as public policy, international affairs, public administration, or academic fields such as business, economics, political science, sociology or foreign languages. Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale and must maintain a 3.2 grade point average throughout participation in the program.

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February 3, 2009



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