Scholarship Detail

Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Fellowship Program

Program Information

Deadline Month: September
Application Deadline Dates: TBA
Award Amount: Up to $42,000
The Pickering Graduate Fellowship is a U.S. Department of State program, administered by Howard University, that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as Foreign Service Officers in the U.S. Department of State. Fellows who successfully complete the Pickering Program and Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments in the State Department Foreign Service in accordance with applicable law and State Department policy. Fellows are required to obtain and maintain medical, security, and suitability clearances in order to remain in the program. Each Fellow who obtains a master’s degree is committed to a minimum of five years of service in the Foreign Service. Candidates who do not successfully complete the Pickering Program and the subsequent five-year service obligation may be subject to a reimbursement obligation.
Type: Undergraduate Study, Internship Program
Application Available: Organization Website

Eligibility Requirements

Class Level: Senior
Area of Study: Arts and Humanities, Business, Engineering, Natural Sciences, Public Service, Social and Behavioral Sciences
Application Form: Yes
Citizenship: U.S. Citizen
Minimum GPA: 3.2
Other Requirements:
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 2022 in an academic field relevant to the work of the Foreign Service (public policy, international affairs, public administration, business, economics, political science, management science, organizational development/leadership, sociology, or regional studies).

Submission Requirements

Application Form: Yes
Transcripts: Yes
Transcript Description: All Colleges Attended
Letters of Rec: Yes
Letters of Rec Detail: 2
Resume: Yes
Personal Essay: Yes
Personal Essay Notes: Two-pages
Project Proposal: No
Financial Aid: Yes
Financial Aid Notes: - Statement of financial need - FAFSA for 2021-2022 - Official financial aid award letter from the applicant’s last year of undergraduate studies
Institutional Endorsement: No
Other Submission Requirements: Yes
Other Submission Requirements Notes: - Proof of US citizenship

Further Information

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program