Incoming Middlebury Institute student Jaewon Oh learned recently that she has been awarded a Pickering Fellowship. The extremely selective Pickering Fellowship program is designed to support graduate education for aspiring Foreign Service professionals.
The Pickering Fellowship program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars. Fellows receive financial support for tuition, room and board, books, mandatory fees and some travel expenses for a two-year master’s degree in a field related to the Foreign Service (up to $37,500 annually). They also receive stipends, housing and travel allowances for two internship experiences.
This fall Oh — a 2013 graduate of Middlebury College — will enroll in the Institute’s Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies program, with a focus in Russian. She hopes to work on nuclear policy relating to North Korea, in particular, but says “I am also interested in foreign policy and national security issues more generally. My degree at MIIS will allow me to a) gain another language of critical importance to national security, and b) develop a strong foundation on nonproliferation issues with faculty renowned in this area.”