Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

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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, such as international affairs, management, communications, history, political science, economics, and foreign languages. Consideration will also be given to candidates who demonstrate financial need. The number of fellowships will be determined by available funding.

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Field(s) of Interest: 
Cultural / Interdisciplinary
International / Languages
Public Services
Social Services
Time of Opportunity: 
Undergraduate Academic Year
North America
Funding Type: 
Scholarships / Fellowships
Funding Source: 
Externally-funded opportunity
International Students Eligible?: 
No – Opportunity has citizenship restrictions

The Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

The Award

In the 2013 Fellowships, financial support of up to $40,000 annually for actual expenses for the senior year of college and the first year of graduate school* will be provided for:

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

Fellows must participate in one ten-week overseas and one ten-week domestic summer internship within the U.S. Department of State. These internships provide students with valuable work experience in foreign affairs as they engage in the teamwork, the challenges, and the skills needed to perform the duties of a foreign service officer. Students also receive a stipend during the internships.