Graduate School Partners

Pickering Fellows can use their fellowships to attend any graduate program at a U.S. university that is approved by the Pickering Program.  Pickering Fellows currently attend graduate programs around the country.  However, there are a number of graduate programs that have agreed in advance to provide financial assistance, in addition to the $21,500 for tuition and $16,000 for a stipend that the Pickering Program awards each year.  Because the universities themselves provide these benefits, students should work directly with the key contact points at each university to confirm all aspects of this assistance.  The universities recommend that you include the fact that you are applying for the Pickering Fellowship in your application.  Pickering Fellows are not limited to attending these programs, and other universities provide assistance to Pickering Fellows on a case-by-case basis.

Potential applicants can request a list of the universities and their offers by e-mailing the Pickering Program at


American University, School of International Service
Rebecca Coughlin, Associate Director, Grad Enrollment Management |

American University, The School of Public Affairs
Jennifer Forney, Assistant Dean of Graduate Enrollment |

Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy
David Eber, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid |

Catholic University, Department of Economics
Debra Egan, Graduate Program Director, Integral Economic Development | 

Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs
Grace Han, Director, Executive Director of Admissions & Financial Aid |

Duke University, Sanford School of Public Policy, MPP and MIDP
Jessica Pan, Director of Master of Public Policy Admissions & Scholarships |

Cheryl Bailey, Assistant Director of Master of International Development Policy Admissions & Student Accounts |

Florida International University, Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs
Albert Hoyt, Graduate Recruiter |

The George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs
Nicole A. Campbell, Director of Graduate Admissions |

Georgetown University, McCourt School of Public Policy
Lindsey Monson, Assistant Director of Admissions |

Georgetown University, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Master of Arts in Security Studies (SSP)
Jessica Gershuny, Director for Admissions |

Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government
Stephanie Streletz, Director, Student Financial Services |

Indiana University – Bloomington, School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Michele L. Lersch, Assistant Director of Admissions and Student Services |

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterrey
Jill Stoffers, Senior Director of Partnerships |

Pennsylvania State University, School of International Affairs
Christie Persio, Director of Admissions |

Pepperdine University, School of Public Policy
Carson Bruno, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Program Relations |

Princeton University, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Sonya Smith, Director of Graduate Admissions |

Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Department of Public Administration and International Affairs
Christina Omolino, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid |

Texas A&M University, The Bush School of Government and Public Service
Kathryn Meyer, Director of Recruiting |

Tufts University, The Fletcher School
Laurie Hurley, Associate Dean, Office of Admissions & Financial Aid |

University of California Berkeley, Master of Development Practice
Lauren Krupa, Student Services Advisor |

University of California San Diego, School of Global Policy and Strategy
Sonja Steinbrech, Director of Degree Program Enrollment |

University of Maryland, School of Public Policy
Taryn Faulkner, Assistant Director, Admissions and Student Affairs |

University of Michigan, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Beth Soboleski, Director, Admissions & Recruiting |

University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Sherlonda Clarke, Director of Admissions |

University of Notre Dame, Mendoza School of Business
Joe Sweeney, Associate Director, MBA Admissions |

University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public & International Affairs
Dr. Michael T. Rizzi, Director of Student Services |

University of Virginia, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
Jeffrey Chidester, Director of Outreach and Engagement |

University of Washington, Jackson School of International Studies
Sonja Renner, Graduate Advising and Admission Manager |

Yale University, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
Asha Rangappa, Director of Admissions |