Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Programs

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. Pickering Undergraduate applicants must apply as rising seniors.
While UT does not facilitate a Pickering campus selection process at this time, all students (undergraduate and graduate) are strongly encouraged to make an appointment with ONSF for guidance and support on their fellowship  application.

Basic Eligibility Criteria

  • Only individuals who are United States citizens at the time of application will be considered.
  • Applicants must be in the junior year of undergraduate study (or equivalent).
  • Applicants must be expecting to receive their bachelor’s degree in Spring 2015.
  • Winners are expected to enroll in a two-year, full-time master’s degree program in an academic field relevant to the work of the Foreign Service.
  • The Fellowship does not fund law or joint law degree programs.
  • Only U.S. institutions based in the U.S. are eligible.
  • Applicants must be available to fulfill the summer internship obligations
  • Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application
  • cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale must be maintained throughout participation in the program.