Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Who is eligible? Seniors who are U.S. citizens and are applying for admission to a master's program in public policy, international affairs, public administration, business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.
When is the Deadline? Campus Deadline: January 11, 2013
Pickering: February 7, 2013
Description The Pickering supports those students who aspire to a career in the Foreign Service. Along with the tuition award, the fellowship helps pay for books and one round-trip flight per academic year; includes one domestic internship between the first and second year of study and one foreign internship following the second year; and provides for a Foreign Service mentor during the student's course of graduate studies. Each successful candidate is obligated to a minimum of three years' service in an appointment as a Foreign Service officer.
How Do I Apply? The applicant fills out the on-line application, which includes a list of graduate institutions to which the student has applied and a 600-word personal statement of background and goals. Each applicant must also request letters from two recommenders, at least one of whom should be a faculty member.
What happens next? Finalists selected from the pool of applicants are required to attend an interview session in Washington, DC in March or April. Those named as new Fellows attend an Orientation in Washington DC.

Those interested in this opportunity should review the Pickering website