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Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (WWNFF)
Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship for Undergraduates


Application Deadline: February 7, 2013

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, in the junior year of undergraduate studies, and must have and maintain a GPA of 3.2/4.0 scale at the time of application as well as throughout the duration of the program.

Description: This 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.

The fellowship award includes up to $50,000 annually towards tuition and mandatory fees (excluding health insurance), living stipend (based on the institution’s room and board rate), reimbursement for books and some travel may be paid during the senior year and during the first year of graduate study pending availability of funding.

The Fellow must commit to pursuing a graduate degree in international studies at one the graduate schools identified by the WWNFF. Participating graduate schools provide financial support in the second year of graduate study based on need. Fellows meet annually in Washington, DC for a program orientation.

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

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