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Funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program provides undergraduate and graduate students with financial support, mentoring and professional development to prepare them academically and professionally for a career in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.
Pickering Fellowship recipients accept a minimum five year service commitment in the Department of State's Foreign Service. The five year service commitment begins upon entry into the Foreign Service.
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.
Applications are submitted via the online application. A complete application consists of
Finalists will be invited to interview in April, with fellowship offers made shortly thereafter. Pickering Fellowship recipients will attend a mandatory orientation in June.