Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Information session Oct. 15 at 7:00 pm in Lib 230.


Funded by the US Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program provides 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 seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, management, and science policy, so that America will be represented in world affairs by citizens who reflect the diversity and excellence of our society. The goal is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic and social 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.


Up to $40,000 annually for actual expenses during the first and second years of graduate school.  Tuition will be covered first; pending availability, any remaining funding will be allotted to room, board, books, laboratory fees, and one round-trip ticket per academic year between the Fellow’s residence and academic institution.

Graduate-level Fellows receive stipends during their participation in two paid summer internships: one in Washington, DC at the Department of State the summer between the first and second years of graduate school, and one overseas at a US embassy during the summer immediately following graduation from graduate school.  Fellows will have access to Foreign Service Officers and mentors during the program.

The Fellow must commit to a minimum of three years of service in an appointment as a Foreign Service Officer.  Fellows must meet US Department of State entry requirements for Foreign Service Officers. Candidates must be able to obtain medical, security, and suitability clearances in order to remain in the program.  Candidates who do not successfully complete the program and meet Foreign Service entry requirements may be subject to a reimbursement obligation to the US Department of State.

NUMBER OFFERED: determined by available funding

Studies in public policy, international affairs, public administration, business, economics, political science, sociology, foreign languages

TENABLE AT: US graduate institutions


  • US citizen
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2
  • At the time of application, candidates must be seeking admission to graduate school for the following academic year. Winners are expected to enroll in two-year, full-time master's degree programs such as public policy, international affairs, public administration, or academic fields such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages (U.S. graduate institutions only).Fellows must meet Department of State Foreign Service entry requirements.
  • 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 US Department of State. Final interviews will be held in Washington, DC.


Final deadline Jan. TBA; external deadlines are also listed on program websites.


  • Interested candidates should notify Lisa Gates in early fall of their intention to apply for this fellowship.
    • On-line application form
    • Email address for two recommenders
    • Hard-copy supporting documents:

- certification of citizenship
- copy of GRE or GMAT scores
- official academic transcripts from every undergraduate school attended

All applicants who receive(d) financial aid must also provide a copy of their most recent financial aid letter that lists grants or loans. They must also provide a copy of the Student Aid Report (SAR), which indicates the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) number. The SAR is generated from the submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

Send all supporting documents to:

Dr. Richard O. Hope
Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
P.O. Box 2437
Princeton, NJ 08543-2437

Faxed documents will NOT be accepted.

Lisa Gates, Dean for Fellowships and Research
Davis Family Library 225G

Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship