Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Fellowship Program

Funds two years of graduate school for college seniors and college graduates committed to joining the Foreign Service.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship prepares college graduates for Foreign Service careers. The Program awards fellowships up to $37,500 annually for a two-year period for tuition, room, board, books, and mandatory fees for completion of a master’s degree. The Program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need. 

Deadline Information

National Deadline: Tuesday, September 17, 2019


Fellows must commit to pursuing a graduate degree in international affairs or a related subject. Fellows are required to participate in two summer internships with the US State Department, one of which will be overseas. Stipends are provided for the internships. Fellows also agree to a minimum five-year service commitment in the Department of State's Foreign Service.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a US 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 minimum GPA of 3.2

Application Process

A complete Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship application consists of these required components:

  1. A submitted online application. 
  2. Supplementary materials (submitted as .pdf files)
  3. Two (2) letters of recommendation emailed from the recommender by the program’s deadline.

​Complete information on the required materials and submission methods is available here. 

For more information on this opportunity, please contact: 
Sandra Zupan