Fellowship Offers Path to Foreign Services Careers

The Pickering Fellowship is seeking highly motivated and academically excellent college juniors and graduating seniors or college graduates who have an interest in pursuing a foreign service career in the U.S. Department of State.

The program provides up to $40,000 per year for academic expenses and offers two options. The Undergraduate Fellowship covers the last year of undergraduate study and first year of graduate study, while the Graduate Fellowship funds the first and second year of graduate study. Both fellowships include two paid State Department summer internships, domestic and abroad, and access to the Pickering Fellows network.

Requirements include a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2 (4.0 scale) as well as United States citizenship. In order to apply as an undergraduate, students must achieve the equivalent of college junior status. Graduate applicants must be entering a two-year terminal master’s degree program in the fall of the fellowship year.

Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the programs honor revered career ambassador Thomas R. Pickering. The goal of the programs is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic and social backgrounds who are dedicated to representing America’s interests abroad. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the foreign service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply to one of the two programs.

The Pickering Fellowship is part of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, which works to offer programs that cultivate talent and drive change in the nation’s high-need fields.

Applications can be accessed online at woodrow.org/Pickering. The Graduate Fellowship submission deadline is Jan. 21, 2013 with all supporting documents due by Jan. 28, 2013. The Undergraduate Fellowship Application deadline is Feb. 7, 2013 with supporting documents due by Feb. 18, 2013.
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