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Information for Advisors – Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program

How can I learn about and share information on the fellowship?

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program does not require an institutional recommendation for applicants.  However, we depend on our university advisors, faculty, and staff, as well as individuals associated with different organizations throughout the country, to share information about the opportunities with students and alumni.  To support these activities, we encourage you to do the following:

  • Review our available resources, including a one-page flyer and our fellow directory.
  • Follow us on social media (TwitterFacebookInstagram, LinkedIn).
  • Share information on the Pickering Fellowship with faculty, staff, affinity groups who work with under-represented groups, education abroad programs, student groups, participants in programs such as the Gilman Scholarship or the Critical Language Scholarship, and students considering applying for the Fulbright or other international programs.
  • Check out our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about the fellowship and the application process.
  • Consider scheduling short, informational pitches to groups that support under-represented and/or first-generation students, returned study abroad students, or student honors programs; or classes in areas like international affairs, economics, or business. Templates information session flyers are available
  • Request a virtual information session with a Pickering Program staff member, a current fellow or alumni. Please note that our staff is small and our alumni are often concentrated in certain areas.  However, we are interested in direct conversations with interested groups.

What is the application and program timeline?

  • 2024 Application launch: July 10, 2023
  • Application deadline for 2024 Graduate Fellowship: September 21, 2023
  • Notification to applicants of decisions on finalists: November 02, 2023
  • Final Round Interviews/Writing Exercises: November 13-16, 2023 (virtual)
  • Notification of fellowship award: November 17, 2023
  • Orientation for 2024 Fellows: June 03, 2024 – June 7, 2024
  • Domestic Internship: Summer 2025
  • Graduate School: Fall 2024 to Spring 2026
  • Overseas Internship: Summer 2026
  • Entry into the Foreign Service: Late Summer 2026

Who Are We Looking For? 

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program is a program that aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State in which they can help formulate, represent and implement U.S. foreign policy.  Eligibility criteria include:

  • U.S. citizenship
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale and
  • Plans to start graduate school for a two-year program of relevance to the Foreign Service in fall 2024 at a U.S. based institution.

The program is open to seniors who will graduate by June 2024 and individuals with a college degree.  It is open to students with any major or area of interest who want to promote positive change in the world.   It encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need. It also values

  • Individuals with a commitment to public service
  • Individuals from diverse areas within the United States
  • Individuals interested in management, economics, and consular affairs
  • Individuals interested in foreign languages and cultures
  • Individuals with strong leadership and organizational skills
  • First generation college students
  • Individuals who want to represent the United States as diplomats

While individuals with backgrounds in international relations or political science often apply, the fellowship also welcomes applications who have backgrounds in areas such as business, organizational management, economics, social work, and science fields as the Foreign Service also has important work in these areas.    As noted above, the application is open to individuals with any undergraduate academic major who are interested in a career in the Foreign Service.  We would appreciate advisors’ assistance in encouraging individuals with a wide range of backgrounds to apply.

2024 Advisor Resources

Below you will find two tables. The first a list of the institutions organized by the number of applicants from the 2023 application cycle. The second is a list of institutions organized by the number of fellows.

Applicants by Institution During the 2023 Pickering Application Cycle

Institution NameNumber of Applicants
George Washington University19
New York University11
American University8
Florida International University8
University of California-Berkeley8
Arizona State University-Tempe7
George Mason University7
University of Georgia7
Duke University6
The University of Texas at Austin6
University of California-Los Angeles6
University of Florida6
University of South Carolina-Columbia6
University of Virginia-Main Campus6
Boston College5
Brigham Young University-Provo5
College of William and Mary5
Columbia University in the City of New York5
Howard University5
San Diego State University5
Seton Hall University5
Boston University4
CUNY City College4
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus4
Michigan State University4
New Mexico State University-Main Campus4
Rollins College4
University of California-Santa Barbara4
University of Central Florida4
University of Chicago4
University of Denver4
Virginia Commonwealth University4
California State University-Fullerton3
Colgate University3
Colorado State University-Fort Collins3
Dartmouth College3
Emory University3
Florida State University3
Grinnell College3
Indiana University-Bloomington3
Kalamazoo College3
Liberty University3
Middlebury College3
Ohio State University-Main Campus3
Smith College3
Southern Methodist University3
Stanford University3
SUNY College at Geneseo3
Temple University3
Texas A & M University-College Station3
The California Maritime Academy3
University of Arizona3
University of Colorado Boulder3
University of Massachusetts-Amherst3
University of Nevada-Las Vegas3
University of Nevada-Reno3
University of Notre Dame3
University of Pennsylvania3
University of South Florida-Main Campus3
University of Utah3
University of Washington-Seattle Campus3
Wake Forest University3
Wellesley College3
West Virginia University3
Baylor University2
Bennett College2
Brandeis University2
Chapman University2
Claremont McKenna College2
College of Staten Island CUNY2
CUNY Hunter College2
CUNY Lehman College2
Davidson College2
Dickinson College2
Duquesne University2
East Tennessee State University2
Eastern Michigan University2
Fordham University2
Grambling State University2
High Point University2
James Madison University2
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College2
Loyola Marymount University2
Loyola University New Orleans2
Morehouse College2
New College of Florida2
New York University Shanghai2
North Carolina A & T State University2
Nova Southeastern University2
Oklahoma State University-Main Campus2
Pepperdine University2
Portland State University2
Saint Edward’s University2
St John’s University-New York2
Stony Brook University2
Trinity College2
Universidad del Sagrado Corazon2
University at Buffalo2
University of California-Riverside2
University of California-San Diego2
University of Houston2
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign2
University of Iowa2
University of Louisville2
University of Massachusetts-Boston2
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor2
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill2
University of North Florida2
University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus2
University of the District of Columbia2
Vanderbilt University2
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University2
Washington State University2
Western Kentucky University2
Wichita State University2
Agnes Scott College1
Alabama A & M University1
Alaska Pacific University1
Allegheny College1
Amherst College1
Arizona State University-Downtown Phoenix1
Arkansas State University-Main Campus1
Augsburg College1
Baker University1
Baldwin Wallace University1
Belmont Abbey College1
Berry College1
Bob Jones University1
Boise State University1
Bowdoin College1
Brown University1
Bucknell University1
California State University-Chico1
California State University-Dominguez Hills1
California State University-East Bay1
California State University-Long Beach1
California State University-Sacramento1
Carnegie Mellon University1
Case Western Reserve University1
Catholic University of America1
Chaminade University of Honolulu1
Chatham University1
Citadel Military College of South Carolina1
Colby College1
Colorado State University-Pueblo1
Covenant College1
CUNY Bernard M Baruch College1
CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice1
Delaware State University1
DePaul University1
Dillard University1
Drake University1
Drexel University1
East Carolina University1
Eastern Washington University1
Elon University1
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott1
Erasmus University College1
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University1
Florida Atlantic University1
Florida Gulf Coast University1
Fort Valley State University1
Franklin and Marshall College1
Furman University1
Haverford College1
Humboldt State University1
Illinois Wesleyan University1
Indiana University-Southeast1
John Cabot University1
Johns Hopkins University1
Kennesaw State University1
Kenyon College1
King’s College London1
Knox College1
Lafayette College1
Lebanon Valley College1
Lewis & Clark College1
Loyola University Maryland1
Marymount University1
Mercer University1
Merrimack College1
Morgan State University1
National American University-Bloomington1
National Louis University1
National Technical University KhPI1
National University of Mongolia1
Northeastern University1
Northern Arizona University1
O.P. Jindal Global University1
Oberlin College1
Oklahoma Christian University1
Old Dominion University1
Pacific Lutheran University1
Point Loma Nazarene University1
Princeton University1
Purdue University-Main Campus1
Rhodes College1
Rice University1
Robert Morris University1
Rochester Institute of Technology1
Rutgers University-New Brunswick1
Saint Cloud State University1
Salt Lake Community College1
San Francisco State University1
Savannah State University1
Sewanee-The University of the South1
Southeast Missouri State University1
Spelman College1
St Lawrence University1
Strayer University-Georgia1
SUNY College at Potsdam1
Texas Southern University1
Texas Tech University1
The College of New Jersey1
The College of Wooster1
The University of Tampa1
The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga1
The University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley1
The University of Texas at Dallas1
The University of West Florida1
Thunderbird School of Global Management1
Transylvania University1
Trinity Washington University1
Tulane University of Louisiana1
United States Military Academy1
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid1
Universidad Presbiteriana Mackenzie1
University of Alabama at Birmingham1
University of Arkansas1
University of California-Irvine1
University of California-Santa Cruz1
University of Central Arkansas1
University of Edinburgh1
University of Guam1
University of Hartford1
University of Kansas1
University of Kentucky1
University of Maine1
University of Maryland1
University of Maryland-Baltimore County1
University of Maryland-College Park1
University of Memphis1
University of Miami1
University of Michigan-Dearborn1
University of Mississippi1
University of Missouri-Columbia1
University of Montevallo1
University of Nebraska at Omaha1
University of Nebraska-Lincoln1
University of North Carolina Wilmington1
University of Ouagadougou1
University of Panama1
University of Phoenix-Arizona1
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus1
University of Puerto Rico – Arecibo1
University of Rhode Island1
University of Richmond1
University of Saint Joseph1
University of San Francisco1
University of Southern California1
University of Southern Mississippi1
University of Tennessee1
University of Vermont1
University of Washington-Tacoma Campus1
University of Wisconsin-Madison1
University of Wyoming1
Upper Iowa University1
Ursinus College1
Utah State University1
Vassar College1
Villanova University1
Washington and Lee University1
Wayne State University1
Wesleyan University1
West Texas A & M University1
William Carey University1
Yale University1

Individuals Awarded Pickering Fellowship by Institution (1992-2023)

Undergraduate InstitutionNumber of Fellows
Georgetown University62
George Washington University30
Morehouse College30
University of California27
American University23
Howard University22
Stanford University21
Spelman College16
University of Chicago11
New York University10
Princeton University10
Vanderbilt University10
Dartmouth College9
Georgetown University9
Harvard University9
Syracuse University9
Tufts University9
University of Notre Dame9
Yale University9
University of California-Berkeley8
University of Pennsylvania8
Wellesley College8
Bowdoin College7
Dillard University7
Florida International University7
George Mason University7
University of Central Florida7
University of Missouri7
University of North Carolina7
University of Southern California7
Virginia Commonwealth University7
Arizona State University6
Boston University6
Brown University6
University of Pittsburgh6
William & Mary College6
Clark Atlanta University5
Columbia University5
Cornell University5
DePaul University5
Florida State University5
Hampton University5
Ohio State University5
Saint Mary’s College5
Seton Hall University5
University of Florida5
Arizona State University-Tempe3
Virginia Commonwealth University3
Rutgers University-New Brunswick2
Seton Hall University2
Trinity College2
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign2
University of Nevada-Las Vegas2
Arizona State University-West1
Boston College1
Carnegie Mellon University1
Colby College1
Columbia University in the City of New York1
CUNY Bernard M Baruch College1
Duke University1
Emory University1
Franklin and Marshall College1
Grinnell College1
Illinois Wesleyan University1
Kenyon College1
Lewis & Clark College1
Michigan State University1
New York University1
North Carolina A & T State University1
Northeastern University1
Oberlin College1
Pomona College1
Smith College1
Southern Methodist University1
St. Lawrence University1
Stony Brook University1
SUNY at Binghamton1
SUNY College at Potsdam1
Temple University1
Texas Southern University1
Texas Tech University1
The College of New Jersey1
The University of Texas at Dallas1
The University of Texas at Dallas1
University of Colorado Boulder1
University of Hartford1
University of Iowa1
University of Kansas1
University of Louisville1
University of Nevada-Reno1
University of North Carolina at Charlotte1
University of North Georgia1
University of South Carolina-Columbia1
University of South Florida-Main Campus1
University of Southern California1
University of Washington-Tacoma Campus1
Wellesley College1
Wellesley College1