Thomas R Pickering Fellowships

Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the Pickering Programs honor Career Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering, one of the country's most respected Foreign Service Officers. The goal of the programs is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic and social backgrounds who are dedicated to representing America's interests abroad. The Pickering Fellowships provide up to $40,000 per year for two years to talented students who want to pursue a career in Foreign Service in the U.S. Department of State.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • Rising juniors may apply to the undergraduate fellowship. For the graduate fellowship, applicants should apply prior to their first year of graduate school.
  • Students should exemplify academic excellence, strong oral communication skills, a passion to become a Foreign Service Officer, demonstrated service and leadership.

  • The minimum GPA requirement is 3.2.

  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.

Application Procedures

  • Undergraduate Fellowship: Application deadline is January 24, 2014; Recommendations deadline is January 31, 2014.

  • Graduate Fellowship: Application deadline is February 7, 2014; Recommendations deadline: February 14, 2014.

  • Please see for more information and to apply.