National deadline: TBA- January 2019, 8:59 PST                     

Graduate Eligibility Requirements: 

  • U.S. citizen
  • Seeking admission to a U.S. graduate school beginning in fall 2017
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Must enroll in a two-year, full-time master's degree program, at U.S. based graduate institutions only, 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) and be prepared to enter the Foreign Service in Summer 2020
  • Available to attend June 2018 orientation in Washington, D.C. 
  • Available to fulfill summer internship obligations (summer 2019 & summer 2020)

Award summary and conditions: The U.S. Department of State has chosen The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars as its operating partner for the 2016 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship. The Pickering Fellowship is one of the State Department's premier recruitment programs aimed at increasing diversity among U.S. Foreign Service officers.

The Washington Center will assume administrative and programmatic functions for the Pickering Fellowship, which is available to 10 undergraduate and 20 graduate students who are, or will be attending, U.S. colleges and universities each year, beginning with the 2017 cohort. Benefits of the Pickering Fellowship include:

  • Up to $37,500 annually for two years of expenses related to degree programs in fields related to the Foreign Service.
  • Two summer internships - one at a domestic State Department office and another at an overseas U.S. embassy or consulate.
  • Orientation at the State Department and mentoring from a current Foreign Service officer.
  • Employment in the Foreign Service of the Department of State for Fellows who successfully complete the Fellowship and all Foreign Service entry requirements.
  • Contractual agreement: Each successful candidate is obligated to a minimum of three years of service in an appointment as a Foreign Service Officer. Candidates must be able to obtain medical, security and suitability clearances in order to remain in the program. Candidates who do not successfully complete the fellowship program and fail to meet Foreign Service entry requirements may be subject to a reimbursement obligation to the U.S. Department of State.

Application process: online (

Application requirements:

  • Unofficial copy of transcript(s)
  • Copy of certification of U.S. citizenship (U.S. passport, birth certificate or naturalization papers accepted) 
  • Personal statement (750 words max.)
  • Curriculum Vitae (two pages max.)
  • Financial Aid Letter (if applicable)
  • Your GRE/GMAT scores
  • Your most recent Student Aid Report (SAR)
  • SAR form
  • Letters of recommendation (2) Applicants will be asked to enter recommender's e-mail addresses and recommenders will receive an email from The Washington Center, requesting that they submit an online recommendation form.  

Campus Representative: Keith Raether