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Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Application Deadline: September 21, 2023

Open to:  Juniors, seniors, and recent graduates
Award Type: Academic
Area(s) of study: Fields relevant to a career in the Foreign Service (law and joint law degree programs are not eligible)
Award criteria: academic achievement; leadership; diversity
Award provides:  Up to $40,000 annually for senior year and first year of graduate study or two years of graduate study
Open to international students: No
Institutional Support or Endorsement Required: No

  • Be able to fulfill the summer internship obligations
  • Have a GPA of 3.2 or above
  • Commit to a minimum of five years of service in an appointment as a Foreign Service Officer

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship provides undergraduate and graduate funding, mentoring, and professional development to participants to prepare them academically and professionally to enter the Foreign Service of the Department of State. The goal of the program is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic and social backgrounds who are dedicated to representing America’s interests abroad. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have an outstanding academic record, with coursework, internships, and/ or experience relevant to the work of the U.S. Department of State. Applicants must also have a demonstrated record of outstanding leadership in activities relevant to a career in foreign affairs.

  • Application form
  • Personal Statement
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Resume
  • Copy of certification of U.S. citizenship
  • Copy of SAT (for undergraduate applicants) or GRE/GMAT (for graduate applicants) scores
  • Most recent Student Aid Report (SAR)
  • More recent Form 1040
  • Most recent financial aid award letter

This award does not require Emory endorsement. For more information and to apply, visit

NS&FP recommends beginning the application process in November. Make an appointment with a NS&FP advisor. We will help you determine your eligibility and, if you choose to apply, provide feedback on your application.



  • Bryan Cronan ('14) International Studies, Journalism
If you are interested in learning more about the application process and recommended timeline, visit our main Canvas course.

If you are not currently enrolled in our Canvas course, you may self enroll.
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