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Pickering Undergraduate
Foreign Affairs Fellowship

university fellowships committee

Juniors only.

The Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate 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. The Pickering Fellowships are funded by the U.S. State Department and administered by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.

The Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. The goal is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds, who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The Program develops a source of trained men and women from academic disciplines representing the skill needs of the Department, who are dedicated to representing America's interests abroad.

The fellowships are open to students who are in their Junior year of undergraduate studies and are United States citizens at the time of application.

The fellowship award includes tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees up to $40,000 annually during the senior year of college and the first year 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. Participating graduate schools provide financial support in the second year of graduate study, based on need. Pickering Fellows meet annually in Washington, DC for a program orientation.

To be eligible for the Pickering Fellowships, applicants must be U.S. citizens. Women, members of minority groups historically under-represented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are especially encouraged to apply. 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 Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship includes both an online application form, which requires secure registration at the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Web site, and a series of hard-copy supporting documents.

The application deadline is February 1.

To be competitive, students should contact the BC 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 Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship webpage on the website of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.