Funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program provides undergraduate and graduate students with financial support, mentoring and professional development to prepare them academically and professionally for a career in the 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.
Pickering Fellowship Program Benefits
- Undergraduate candidates: Up to $37,500 annually for tuition, room and board, books, mandatory fees and some travel expenses for the senior year of undergraduate studies and the first year of a master’s degree in fields related to the Foreign Service such as business administration, economics, public policy, international affairs and other relevant fields. Schools may provide financial support in the second year of graduate study based on
- Graduate candidates: Up to $37,500 annually for tuition, room and board, books, mandatory fees and some travel expenses for a two-year master’s degree in fields related to the Foreign Service such as business administration, economics, public policy, international affairs and other relevant
- Two summer internships, one at a domestic office of the Department of State in Washington, C. and one overseas at a U.S. embassy or consulate. The program provides stipends, transportation and housing for these internships.
- Orientation to the program and the Foreign Service at the Department of
- Mentoring from a Foreign Service Officer throughout the duration of the
- Employment in the Department of State Foreign Service for those who successfully complete the program and Foreign Service entry
- Must be a S. citizen
- Undergraduate candidates: Must be in the junior year of undergraduate studies at a undergraduate institution when applying
- Graduate candidates: Must be seeking admission to a two-year graduate program at a U.S. graduate institution in the fall of the year of application
- Must have a cumulative grade point average of 2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time
Responsibilities of a Pickering Fellow
Candidates must be able to obtain medical, security and suitability clearances in order to remain in the program. 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 meet Foreign Service entry requirements may be subject to a reimbursement obligation to the Department of State.
What is a Foreign Service Officer?
Foreign Service Officers in the Department of State are diplomats who reflect the diversity and excellence of our society. They serve in U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide and are the face of the United States around the globe. Their mission is to promote peace, support prosperity and protect American citizens while advancing the interests of the U.S. abroad. They are responsible for formulating and implementing U.S. foreign policy.