Pickering Foreign Affairs Program and Fellowship 2019

Thomas Pickering Foreign Affairs Program and Fellowship

Interested in a career serving U.S. interests abroad?  If so, the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship offers a unique opportunity to promote positive change in the world.  Upon successful completion of a two-year master’s degree program and fulfillment of Foreign Service entry requirements, fellows have the opportunity to work as Foreign Service Officers with the U.S. Department of State, in accordance with applicable law and State Department policy, serving in Washington, DC or at a U.S. embassy, consulate, or diplomatic mission around the globe.

The Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship is a U.S. Department of State program administered by Howard University that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people, based on financial need, who represent ethnic, gender, social, and geographic diversity and have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State.  The Program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need.

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Program Components

During this two-year program, you will enroll in graduate school in the fall of your first year and work toward your master’s degree throughout your fellowship.  Your two internships with the State Department—one in the U.S., the other overseas—will be in the summer between the first and second year of your graduate program and the summer after you finish. Throughout the program, you will receive personalized mentoring and professional development opportunities.

Graduate Studies

The Pickering Program plans to award 30 fellowships of up to $37,500 annually for a two-year period for tuition, room, board, books, and mandatory fees for completion of two-year master’s degrees.  This includes up to $21,500 per year for tuition and mandatory fees and an academic year stipend of $16,000.

Fellows must obtain graduate degrees in international affairs or a related subject such as public administration, public policy, international relations, business administration, economics, history, political science, communications, or foreign languages at a graduate school approved by the Pickering Program.  Law degrees do not satisfy this requirement.  Fellows are expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2 throughout their period of study.  Applicants apply to two-year graduate programs at U.S.-based universities simultaneously with their application to the Pickering Program.

Orientation

Fellows will participate in an orientation at Howard University in early June.  The purpose of this orientation is to familiarize the Fellows with all aspects of the fellowship and to enhance their understanding of, and skills for, Foreign Service careers.

Two Summer Internships (Domestic and Overseas)

Fellows will participate in two internships. The first, an internship working at the U.S. Department of State headquarters in Washington, DC, will occur in the summer in between their first and second year of graduate study.  The second internship will be an overseas placement in a U.S. Embassy or Consulate that takes place during the summer after fellows’ graduation.  The program provides additional support for summer travel, housing, and other related expenses.

Mentoring

Fellows will receive mentoring from a Foreign Service Officer for the duration of the fellowship.

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Fellows currently represent the United States in countries around the world, in areas as diverse as Africa, East Asia, Latin America, South Asia, Europe and Eurasia. They are promoting human rights, assisting American citizens overseas, enhancing prosperity and development, deepening ties between the United States and people around the world, and supporting U.S. global values and interests in many different ways.

To Apply

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Eligibility

This is a highly selective program. To be eligible to participate, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Seek admission to a two-year, full-time, on-campus, master’s degree program at a U.S.-based graduate institution to begin in the fall of 2020 in an academic field relevant to the work of the Foreign Service (public policy, international affairs, public administration, business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages).
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale

Employment and Contractual Obligations

Fellows who successfully complete the Pickering Program and Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments in the State Department Foreign Service in accordance with applicable law and State Department policy.  Fellows are required to obtain and maintain medical, security, and suitability clearances in order to remain in the program.  Each Fellow who obtains a master’s degree is committed to a minimum of five years of service in the Foreign Service.  Candidates who do not successfully complete the Pickering Program and the subsequent five-year service obligation may be subject to a reimbursement obligation.

Application Open: June 2019
Application Close: September 17, 2019
Finalists Notified: Late-October 2019
Interviews: November 6-7, 2019

The Pickering selection panel will choose approximately 60 finalists by the end of October. Program staff will communicate decisions by email to both successful and unsuccessful applicants by the end of October. Candidates selected for final consideration will be invited to Washington, DC for interviews and a written exercise. Finalists will be in DC for one full day November 6-7. The program will pay the cost of accommodations and travel to Washington, DC from within the continental United States, Hawaii, and Alaska. The program will complete the selection process and make offers to 30 fellows by late November 2019.

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