Application Details

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 Current Year Deadline Past, Check Website
Up to $37,500 annually for tuition, room and board, books, mandatory fees and some travel expenses


U.S. Citizen
Graduating Senior

- Applicants must be seeking admission to a U.S. graduate school beginning the fall following their application submission.
- Applicants must be able to attend an early June orientation at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
- Applicants must be available to fulfill the summer internship obligations.


Interested in a career serving U.S. interests abroad? If so, the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship offers a unique opportunity to promote positive change in the world. Upon successful completion of a two-year master’s degree program and fulfillment of Foreign Service entry requirements, fellows have the opportunity to work as Foreign Service Officers with the U.S. Department of State, in accordance with applicable law and State Department policy, serving in Washington, DC or at a U.S. embassy, consulate, or diplomatic mission around the globe.

The Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship is a U.S. Department of State program administered by Howard University that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people, based on financial need, who represent ethnic, gender, social, and geographic diversity and have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The Program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need.

Fellows will receive mentoring from a Foreign Service Officer for the duration of the fellowship.


U.S. Department of State

Nijhier-Aleem Lattimer
+1 202 238 7991
Tuesday, October 27, 2020