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Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (WWNFF)
Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Fellowship in Foreign Affairs


Application Deadline: mid-January 2015

Important Notes: There are multiple components to the successful completion of this fellowship. Winners of the Pickering Fellowship are expected to “pay back” their time to the Foreign Service for a minimum of three years. Please see website for further details.

Eligibility: Must be a U.S. citizen, seeking to enroll in graduate school in the academic year following the year of application, and have as well as maintain a GPA of 3.2/4.0 scale throughout the entire duration of the program.

Description: The Pickering Graduate Fellowship in Foreign Affairs is designed to recruit and create a dynamic and highly-capable Foreign Service Officer workforce. This fellowship is aimed at graduating seniors or students ready to apply to a U.S. institution for a two-year graduate degree program in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. Fellowships are valid at U.S. graduate institutions only. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.

Graduate fellowships include tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees paid up to $50,000 for the first year and second year of graduate study, with reimbursement for books and one round-trip travel. Graduate-level fellows also receive stipends during participation in one domestic summer internship between the first and second year of graduate school.

Send applications to: please see website listed above; however, OSSP will assist students with this application process

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