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Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

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The Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program honors a distinguished American diplomat who held the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service. These Fellowships are funded by the U.S State Department and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The program provides funding to participants as they are preparing academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically under-represented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are especially encouraged to apply.

The goal of the fellowship program is to attract outstanding students who enroll in two-year Master's degree programs in public policy, international affairs, public administration, or academic fields such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages; who represent all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds; and who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State.

The fellowships are open to students who are in their Senior year of undergraduate studies at the time of application and are seeking admission to a two-year, full-time Master's degree program relevant to international affairs after receiving their Bachelor's degree.

The Fellowship award includes tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees of up to $40,000 during the first two years of graduate study, with reimbursement for books and a travel stipend. The Fellow must commit to pursuing a graduate degree in International Studies at one of the graduate schools identified by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Pickering Fellows meet annually in Washington, DC for a program orientation.

To be eligible for the Pickering Fellowships, applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application, and they must maintain that average throughout participation in the program.

A completed application for the Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship includes both an online application form and a series of hard-copy supporting documents.

The application deadline is February 1.

To be competitive, interested students should contact the Boston College Campus Coordinator for the Pickering Fellowship in September, to begin preparing their applications.

If you would like additional information about the scholarship and the application process before talking with the Campus Coordinator, consult the Thomas Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship webpage on the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation web site.