Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship


The fellowship program is funded by the United States Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (WWNFF). The Department of State seeks a Foreign Service that represents America in world affairs with citizens who reflect the diversity and excellence of our society. The program seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. The goal is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds, who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State.


  • Only United States citizens will be considered.
  • Applicants must be in the sophomore year of undergraduate study.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale must be maintained throughout participation in the program.
  • Strength of undergraduate course work. Economic Status (demonstrate financial need). College Honors and Awards. Extracurricular/Community/Volunteer Activities and Leadership Roles in these activities. Personal Statement.
  • Consideration will be given to qualified applicants who, in addition to outstanding leadership skills and academic achievement, demonstrate financial need. The number of fellowships will be determined by available funding.
  • Finalists will attend an interview session in Princeton, NJ or Washington, DC. Transportation will be paid to the interview site.
  • Inductees will attend an Orientation in Washington, D.C.
  • Medical and security clearances will be required for program participation.


The fellowship award includes tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees during the junior and senior years of college and during the first year of graduate study. Each year’s award also includes reimbursement for books and for travel (one round trip per academic year, up to a set maximum amount). The Fellow must commit to pursuing a master’s degree in international studies at one of the graduate schools participating in the program. Participating graduate schools provide financial support in the second year of graduate study based on need.

Application Deadline:

The 2009 deadline has passed. Check here for 2010 updated information.

The complete application packet consists of an official application form and supporting documents (personal statement, Employment Data Form, GRE form, certification of citizenship, two letters of recommendation, official academic transcripts, official financial aid transcript).

For further information contact Sylvia Sheridan, Assistant Director, at


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