http://www.twc.edu/thomas-r-pickering-foreign-affairs-fellowship-program

National deadline: January 15, 2016 (Undergraduate and Graduate Fellowships) 
                              
Note: The Pickering Fellowship is available to both undergraduates and graduate students. See breakdown below. 

Undergraduate Eligibility requirements: 

  • U.S. citizen
  • Junior at a U.S. undergraduate institution
  • Expecting bachelor's degree in spring 2017
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application and this GPA must be maintained throughout participation in the program
  • 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 2019
  • Available to attend June 2016 orientation in Washington, D.C. 
  • Available to fulfill summer internship obligations (summer 2017 & summer 2018)

Graduate Eligibility Requirements: 

  • U.S. citizen
  • Seeking admission to a U.S. graduate school beginning in fall 2016
  • Cumulative GPA 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
  • 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 2018
  • Available to attend June 2016 orientation in Washington, D.C. 
  • Available to fulfill summer internship obligations (summer 2017 & summer 2018)

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 2016 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 (http://pickering.e.twc.edu/)

Application requirements: In addition to a completed online application you are required to upload PDFs of the following: 

(For more detailed instructions visit http://www.twc.edu/thomas-r-pickering-foreign-affairs-fellowship-program/how-to-apply)

  • Unofficial copy of transcript (all schools attended) 
  • Copy of certification of U.S. citizenship (U.S. passport, birth certificate or naturalization papers accepted) 
  • Personal statement (750 words or less)
  • Curriculum Vitae (no more than two pages)
  • Most recent financial aid award letter listing grants or loans
  • If you were enrolled in school during the most recent academic year and you received financial aid, you are required to submit a Financial Aid Letter.
  • Your most recent Student Aid Report (SAR)
  • If you received financial aid during your most recent academic year, you are required to submit your most recent SAR form. If you did not receive financial aid during the most recent academic year, you must complete the FAFSA to generate a SAR.
  • 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