Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Who is eligible? Seniors who are U.S. citizens and are applying for admission to a two-year 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: Mid-December
Pickering: Mid-January
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 five years' service in an appointment with the Department of State 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.

"Ambassador Pickering served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (1997-2000) and as U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria, and Jordan. He also was the U.S. Ambassador and Representative to the United Nations in New York, where he led the U.S. effort to build a coalition in the UN Security Council during and after the first Gulf War. He has held additional positions in Tanzania, Geneva, and Washington, including as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans, Environmental and Scientific Affairs and as Special Assistant to Secretaries of State William P. Rogers and Henry A. Kissinger. After retiring from the State Department in 2000, Ambassador Pickering joined The Boeing Company as Senior Vice President, International Relations and member of the Executive Council. He serves on a number not-for-profit boards. He holds degrees from Bowdoin College, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and the University of Melbourne and speaks French, Spanish, and Swahili fluently and also Arabic, Hebrew and Russian."

Those interested in this opportunity should review the Pickering website