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Thomas Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship


While there is no internal Earlham process for this fellowship, you are encouraged to let the Faculty Liaison and the Center for Career and Community Engagement know that you are applying, and you are welcome to seek our help during the application process.

Who May Apply

Outstanding students who plan to enroll in master's degree programs in the following year in public policy, international affairs, public administration, or such academic fields as business, economics, political science, sociology or foreign languages; who represent all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds; and who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Eligibility Limitations

Only U.S. citizens are considered. Winners are expected to enroll in a two-year full-time master's degree program (such as public policy, international affairs, public administration or academic fields such as business, economics, political science, sociology or foreign languages) at U.S. graduate institutions only.

Award Description and Duration

Tuition, room, board and mandatory fees are paid for the first and second year of graduate study, with reimbursement for books and one round-trip travel. A cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale must be maintained throughout participation in the program. Graduate-level Fellows receive stipends during participation in one domestic summer internship between the first and second year of graduate school, and one summer overseas internship following the second year of graduate school. Guidance from a Foreign Service Officer is provided during graduate school. Fellows must meet Department of State Foreign Service entry requirements. Each successful candidate is obligated to a minimum of three years service in an appointment as a Foreign Service Officer. Candidates who do not successfully complete the Program and Foreign Service entry requirements may be subject to a reimbursement obligation to the Department of State.

Application Requirements and Deadline

By February 28, applicants should submit:

  • 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

Have a Question Regarding this Fellowship?

Welling Hall
Plowshares Professor of
Peace Studies
(765) 983-1208

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