What is the Pickering Fellowship?
September 21, 2023 at 11:59 PM
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The Pickering Program typically awards 45 fellowships of up to $42,000 annually for a two-year period, during which a fellow will complete a master’s degree in international affairs in preparation for a career in the U.S. Foreign Service.
In addition to graduate school funding, fellows participate in an orientation at Howard University to familiarize fellows with all elements of the fellowship and enhance their understanding of Foreign Service Careers during the summer following their undergraduate graduation. Fellows participate in two internships – one at the U.S. Department of State headquarters in Washington, DC (during the summer between year one and two of graduate school) and the other at an oversees placement in a U.S. Embassy or Consulate (during the summer following graduate school graduation). During the course of the fellowship, fellows receive mentoring from a Foreign Service Officer.
Upon successfully completing the Pickering Program and Foreign Service entry requirements, fellows will receive appointments in the State Department Foreign Service. Fellows must commit to a minimum of five years of service within the Foreign Service.
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.