AMOUNT: up to $75,000

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The Department of State seeks a Foreign Service that reflects the diversity and excellence of our society. The Fellowship is designed to attract outstanding individuals from all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career with the U.S. Department of State.

The Pickering Fellowship has both an undergraduate and graduate program. Pickering Undergraduate applicants must apply as rising seniors; Graduate applicants must be seeking admission to a two-year master’s degree program in fall of 2015.


  • Be a U.S. citizen at the time of application

  • Must be seeking admission to a U.S graduate two-year program in public policy, international affairs, public administration, business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages beginning the coming fall

  • Not seeking admission for law or joint law degree programs

  • Must be able to fulfill two summer internship obligations

  • Minimum 3.2 GPA


  1. Submit online application


Created to promote diversity within the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State 

number of recipients: ~20