Foreign Affairs Information Technology (IT) Fellowship Program

Awards students pursuing IT-related degrees tuition assistance, mentorship, and professional development to launch their careers in the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service.

Funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Washington Center (TWC) for Internships and Academic Seminars, the Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship Program provides outstanding students pursuing an IT-related degree with a challenging and rewarding opportunity to apply technology solutions to the business of diplomacy.

The program awards five Fellows (three graduates and two undergraduates) with tuition assistance, mentorship, and professional development to launch their careers in the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply. Fellows who successfully complete the program and the Foreign Affairs IT Specialist entry requirements will receive an appointment as a Foreign Service Information Management Specialist (IMS).

Benefits of the program include up to $37,500 annually for tuition, room and board, books, mandatory fees and some travel expenses for junior and senior years of undergraduate studies related to an Information Technology field.

Deadline Information

Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 1, 2022


Becoming a Foreign Affairs IT Fellow means that you are committed to completing the junior and senior years of an undergraduate degree or a two year master's degree program in an Information Technology field, becoming a U.S. Department of State Foreign Service IMS and representing your country and its interests abroad and at home. Upon accepting the fellowship, you will sign a contract that clearly outlines your benefits and responsibilities as an IT Fellow. In addition to the rigorous academic requirements of being an IT Fellow, such as maintaining a GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale for each individual semester of the Fellowship program, there are strict Foreign Service entry requirements including security, medical and suitability requirements which must be fulfilled and maintained to remain in the program. Also, there is a minimum five year service commitment in the Department of State's Foreign Service. The five year service commitment begins upon entry into the Foreign Service. Failure to meet the contractual obligations, including obtaining and maintaining required medical, security and suitability clearances may result in your disqualification from the fellowship program and reimbursement to the U.S. government of financial assistance paid in connection with your education.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be United States citizens.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program relevant to IT and entering your junior year in the fall of the cohort year; OR be seeking admission to an IT-related master's degree program beginning in the fall of the cohort year.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application and this grade point average must be maintained throughout participation in the program.
  • Applicants must be able to attend June of the cohort year, if selected.
  • Applicants must be available to fulfill the summer internship obligations (two summers).
  • Applicants must pass medical, security, and suitability clearance/screenings.
  • Applicants must be prepared to enter the Foreign Service in fall 2020.

Application Process

Information on how to apply can be found here.

The application process includes an online application, as well as supplementary information (copy of transcript, US citizenship, GRE/GMAT scores, personal statement, resume, recommendation letters, and Student Aid/Financial Aid statements).