What is the Pickering Fellowship?

Internal Deadline

The Amherst internal deadline for the Pickering Fellowship is:


The Pickering Program typically awards 45 fellowships for a two-year master’s degree in international affairs or a related subject such as public administration, public policy, international relations, business administration, economics, history, political science, communications, or foreign languages at a graduate school approved by the Pickering Program. Law degrees do not satisfy this requirement.

Fellows who successfully complete the Pickering Program and Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments in the State Department Foreign Service in accordance with applicable law and State Department policy.

Special Note: applicants for the Pickering Fellowship are encouraged to apply for the Rangel Fellowship. Both fellowships have the same requirments, but different funding sources.

Pickering Fellowship Website

Award Details

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How do I apply and what do I need?

The application includes a personal statement, a statement of financial need, and transcripts from all college work. Application components and instructions are described in detail on the Pickering Application page.

Information for Recommendations

Recommendations for Pickering are two-fold. First, recommenders are asked to rank the applicant in the following areas: interpersonal skills; oral communication skills; writing skills; initiative; organizational skills; and analytical abilities. Finally, recommenders are asked to provide a concise narrative or letter addressing the applicant’s strengths, especially related to characteristics/skills in the guidelines for recommendations. While the rankings you are asked to provide are important, Pickering would also like you to consider the applicant’s interest in public service, integrity, resourcefulness, and composure.

Format and submission: Letters have no word limit but should not exceed two pages (12-point font).

Have questions? Please contact us.

Christine Overstreet, Director of Fellowships
212 Converse Hall

Eric Myers, Associate Director of Fellowships
Converse Hall 213

Mailing address: Office of Fellowships, Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002

On-Campus Mailing Address: AC # 2214