Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Are You Passionate about Public Service and Want to Represent the U.S. around the World as a Foreign Service Officer?


Online application availability

September; Check for details

Campus deadline

Early December; candidates may submit directly

National deadline



Applicant education level


Open to applicants who have

completed an undergraduate degree?


Open to applicants not currently

enrolled in college/university classes?


Open to (non-U.S.) international students?


Age limit

Yes; appointment as Foreign Service Officer must occur between 21 & 60 years of age

Are applicants limited to specific fields of study?

Yes; candidates must enroll in academic programs relevant to the work of Foreign Service generalists

Are students required to demonstrate financial need?


Minimum G.P.A.

3.2; but overall academic excellence is a must


UAA Institutional Endorsement

Not Required

Advising Appointment

Schedule an advising appointment with the Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Campus Advisor, Dr. Francisco Miranda, at or at 907.786.4035 to discuss intent to apply


The Thomas R. Pickering Fellows Program provides outstanding undergraduate and graduate students financial support, mentoring, and professional development to prepare them academically and professionally for a career in the Department of State Foreign Service


  • Two (2) paid summer internships (domestic and international)
  • Mentoring by U.S. Foreign Service Officers
  • Employment with the Department of State Foreign Service for those who successfully complete the program and Foreign Service entry requirements


  • Up to $37,000 annually for academic expenses

Can the award be deferred?

Yes; but only for participation in the Fulbright programs or for personal/family emergencies

Can the award be renewed?


Specific notes and/or exceptions

Commitment to serve for a minimum of five (5) years as a Foreign Service Officer upon successful completion of the Foreign Service examination

Average G.P.A. of recipients is 3.7


Key characteristics sought by Review Committee:

  • Strong leadership and academic excellence
  • Strong interest in working as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State and representing the U.S. around the world
  • A passion for public service
  • Familiarity with the 13 Dimensions of a Foreign Service Officer
  • Ability to articulate and provide examples of these dimensions from their life experiences
  • Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply


Applicants should have a strong desire to pursue a career in the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer; for details see

  • Find a faculty member willing to serve as your mentor throughout the application process
  • Notify the Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Campus adviser, Dr. Francisco Miranda, at or at 907.786.4035 of your intent to apply the semester before you plan to apply for the award
  • Schedule an advising appointment with the Pickering Fellowship Foreign Affairs Campus Adviser to discuss internal and external application processes and timelines
  • Register at and start completing the application
  • Start developing your Personal Statement after reviewing the 13 Dimensions of a Foreign Service Officer
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation are required
    • Select recommenders who can explain why you are uniquely qualified for the fellowship
      • One letter should come from a faculty member who is able to comment on your intellectual achievements, your leadership abilities, and your potential to pursue a career as a diplomat; the other letter may come from someone familiar with your college, volunteer, work, or community activities
  • Prepare to submit GRE/GMAT test scores, even if your preferred graduate school program does not require them
  • A Student Aid Report (SAR) and a Statement of Financial Need are also required
  • You may submit an unofficial copy of your transcripts
  • For a complete list of required application components, visit
  • Submit a complete copy of your application in PDF to Dr. Francisco Miranda at by the CAMPUS DEADLINE
  • Only complete applications will be considered
  • Prepare for your campus interview, which will take place within 1-2 weeks after the campus deadline
  • The Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program Review Committee will conduct a preliminary elimination on the basis of credentials and invite selected applicants to a personal interview in Washington, D.C. in April
  • If an invitation for a personal interview is not forthcoming, then that is the end of the road for your application
  • Selected candidates will be notified in late April


Number of applications received nationwide

~350 for Graduate Fellowship


~140 for Undergraduate Fellowship

Number of awards granted

20 Graduate Fellowships


10 Undergraduate Fellowships

Is an interview required?

National interview: Yes; for semifinalists; costs will be paid


When are qualifying candidates notified?


When are winning candidates notified?



Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Campus Adviser

Dr. Francisco Miranda





Email address


There are no webinars for candidates available but more information on the fellowship can be found at

Schedule an advising appointment at or at 907.786.4035