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Information for Advisors – Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Fellowship Program

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

The Pickering Foreign Affairs 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,  an informational presentation, and our fellow directory.
  • Follow us on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram).
  • 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.
  • Watch our webinar for advisors discussing the program.
  • Contact us if you have questions about the presentation or would like further guidance.

What is the application and program timeline?

  • 2021 Application launch: July 2020
  • Application deadline for 2021 Graduate Fellowship: October 21, 2020
  • Notification to applicants of decisions on finalists: Late November 2020
  • Interviews for 90 finalists: December 15-16, 2020
  • Notification of fellowship award: December 18, 2020
  • Orientation for 2021 Fellows: May 30 – June 5, 2021
  • Domestic Internship: Summer 2022
  • Graduate School: Fall 2021 to Spring 2022
  • Overseas Internship: Summer 2023
  • Entry into the Foreign Service: Fall 2023

Who Are We Looking For? 

The Pickering Graduate Fellowship 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 2021 at a U.S. based institution.

The program is open to seniors who will graduate by spring 2021 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 who have demonstrated resourcefulness and resiliency
  • Individuals interested in foreign languages and cultures
  • Individuals with strong leadership skills
  • First generation college students
  • Individuals who want to represent the United States as diplomats

Below you will find two tables. The first a list of the institutions organized by the number of applicants from the 2020 application cycle. The second is a list of institutions organized by the number of fellows.

Applicants by Institution During the 2020 Pickering Application Cycle

Institution Name #Applicants
Florida International University9
George Washington University9
Georgetown University8
University of Florida8
American University7
New York University6
Ohio State University-Main Campus6
University of South Florida-Main Campus6
Brigham Young University-Provo5
Florida State University5
George Mason University5
The University of Texas at Austin5
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor5
Arizona State University-Tempe4
Colgate University4
Dartmouth College4
Emory University4
Indiana University-Bloomington4
Stanford University4
Tufts University4
University of Arizona4
University of Colorado Boulder4
University of Louisville4
University of Maryland-College Park4
University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus4
University of Pennsylvania4
Wellesley College4
Brown University3
Elon University3
Howard University3
Mercer University3
Old Dominion University3
Rutgers University-New Brunswick3
Texas A & M University-College Station3
Texas State University3
University of California-Los Angeles3
University of California-San Diego3
University of Chicago3
University of Delaware3
University of Denver3
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign3
University of Kansas3
University of Missouri-Columbia3
University of Nevada-Las Vegas3
University of New Mexico-Main Campus3
University of Notre Dame3
University of Richmond3
University of Southern California3
University of St Thomas-Houston3
Agnes Scott College2
Boston College2
Bowdoin College2
Clemson University2
Colorado State University-Fort Collins2
CUNY City College2
DePaul University2
Duke University2
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach2
Hollins University2
James Madison University2
Loyola Marymount University2
Macalester College2
Middlebury College2
Morgan State University2
Northwestern University2
Princeton University2
San Francisco State University2
Seton Hall University2
Spelman College2
St Mary’s University2
St Olaf College2
Stony Brook University2
SUNY at Binghamton2
SUNY College at Geneseo2
The University of Alabama2
The University of Texas at Arlington2
University at Buffalo2
University of California-Berkeley2
University of California-Irvine2
University of California-Riverside2
University of California-Santa Barbara2
University of Central Florida2
University of Edinburgh2
University of Georgia2
University of Houston2
University of Kentucky2
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities2
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill2
University of North Carolina at Charlotte2
University of South Carolina-Columbia2
University of Utah2
University of Virginia-Main Campus2
Washington University in St Louis2
Western Kentucky University2
Willamette University2
Williams College2
Wright State University-Main Campus2
Alabama State University1
Albany State University1
Alma College1
American Public University System1
Appalachian State University1
Assumption College1
Augustana University1
Austin College1
Barnard College1
Barry University1
Baylor University1
Belmont University1
Berea College1
Bethune-Cookman University1
BMS College of Engineering1
Bob Jones University1
Boston University1
Bowling Green State University-Main Campus1
Bryant University1
Bucknell University1
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo1
California State University-Bakersfield1
Canisius College1
Carleton College1
Case Western Reserve University1
Catholic University of America1
Centre College1
Chapman University1
Chicago State University1
Christopher Newport University1
Citadel Military College of South Carolina1
Claremont McKenna College1
Clark Atlanta University1
Clark University1
Coastal Carolina University1
College of Central Florida1
College of Charleston1
College of Saint Benedict1
College of the Holy Cross1
College of William and Mary1
Colorado State University-Pueblo1
Community College of Rhode Island1
Concordia College at Moorhead1
Cornell University1
Cuesta College1
CUNY Hunter College1
CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice1
Daemen College1
Davidson College1
Denison University1
East Tennessee State University1
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott1
Florida Southern College1
Fordham University1
Franklin and Marshall College1
Fresno Pacific University1
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus1
Georgia State University1
Grand Canyon University1
Grand Valley State University1
Gustavus Adolphus College1
Hamilton College1
Illinois College1
Johns Hopkins University1
Kennesaw State University1
King’s College London1
Knox College1
Lafayette College1
Lake Forest College1
Lewis University1
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College1
Loyola University Chicago1
Loyola University Maryland1
Loyola University New Orleans1
Manhattan College1
Marist College1
Marquette University1
Marshall University1
McKendree University1
Michigan State University1
Millersville University of Pennsylvania1
Misericordia University1
Morehouse College1
Mount Saint Mary College1
Mount St Mary’s University1
New College of Florida1
Niagara University1
North American University1
Northeastern University1
Northern Illinois University1
Oklahoma State University-Main Campus1
Pacific Lutheran University1
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus1
Pepperdine University1
Pomona College1
Portland State University1
Prairie View A & M University1
Providence College1
Purdue University-Main Campus1
Randolph-Macon College1
Robert Morris University1
Roger Williams University1
Rollins College1
Salisbury University1
Samford University1
Sarah Lawrence College1
Savannah State University1
Seattle Pacific University1
Sewanee-The University of the South1
Smith College1
Southern Connecticut State University1
Southern Oregon University1
Southern University and A & M College1
Southwestern University1
St Catherine University1
St. John’s College1
State University of New York at New Paltz1
Suffolk University1
Texas Tech University1
Thammasat University1
The University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley1
The University of Texas at San Antonio1
Transylvania University1
Trinity University1
Tulane University of Louisiana1
United States Military Academy1
University of Arkansas1
University of British Columbia1
University of California-Santa Cruz1
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus1
University of Connecticut1
University of Indianapolis1
University of Louisiana at Lafayette1
University of Maryland-Baltimore County1
University of Massachusetts-Amherst1
University of Massachusetts-Boston1
University of Miami1
University of New Hampshire-Main Campus1
University of North Carolina at Greensboro1
University of North Carolina Wilmington1
University of North Florida1
University of North Georgia1
University of North Texas1
University of Oregon1
University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras1
University of Rochester1
University of Saint Andrews1
University of San Diego1
University of South Alabama1
University of South Dakota1
University of Southern Indiana1
University of the District of Columbia1
University of Vermont1
University of Washington-Bothell Campus1
University of Washington-Seattle Campus1
University of Wisconsin-Madison1
University of Wisconsin-Stout1
University of Wyoming1
Utah Valley University1
Valdosta State University1
Vanderbilt University1
Virginia Commonwealth University1
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University1
Wake Forest University1
Washington College1
West Virginia University1
Wheaton College-Norton1
Whittier College1
Wichita State University1
William Jewell College1
William Peace University1
Winston-Salem State University1
Yale University1

Pickering Fellows by Institution (1992-2020)*

Institution Name#Fellows
Georgetown University39
George Washington University21
Morehouse College18
American University17
University of California15
Howard University11
Spelman College8
Stanford University8
University of Chicago8
Princeton University7
Tufts University7
Dartmouth College6
Florida International University6
Syracuse University6
University of Missouri6
Vanderbilt University6
Harvard University5
Seton Hall University5
University of Maryland5
University of Miami5
University of Michigan -Ann Arbor5
University of Notre Dame5
University of Pennsylvania5
University of Southern California5
Yale University5
Baylor University4
Boston College4
Boston University4
Bowdoin College4
Brown University4
California State University4
Florida State University4
George Mason University4
New York University4
Northwestern University4
Ohio State University4
University of Central Florida4
University of Florida4
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill4
University of Oklahoma4
Wellesley College4
William & Mary College4
Arizona State University3
Barnard College3
Brigham Young University3
College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State)3
Columbia University3
Dillard University3
Emory University3
Kansas State University3
Macalester College3
Occidental College3
Oral Roberts University3
Saint Mary’s College3
University of Arizona3
University of California, Berkeley3
University of Massachusetts3
University of Pittsburgh3
University of Richmond3
University of San Diego3
University of South Carolina3
University of Washington-Seattle Campus3
University of Wisconsin3
Washington University3
Wheaton College3
Bryn Mawr College2
Carleton College2
City University of New York2
Claflin University2
Claremont McKenna College2
Clark Atlanta University2
College of Saint Benedict2
Cornell University2
DePaul University2
Duke University2
Eastern Michigan University2
Elon University2
Fordham University2
Franklin & Marshall College2
Georgia Institute of Technology2
Gettysburg College2
Gonzaga University2
Hampton University2
Hobart and William Smith Colleges2
Juniata College2
Lewis & Clark College2
Middlebury College2
Nazareth College2
Northeastern University2
Northern Arizona University2
Rice University2
Rutgers University2
Smith College2
St. Edward’s University2
State University of New York at Binghamton2
Swarthmore College2
Towson University2
Tulane University2
University of Alabama2
University of Arkansas2
University of Colorado -Boulder2
University of Delaware2
University of Illinois 2
University of Kansas2
University of Kentucky2
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities2
University of New Mexico2
University of South Florida2
University of Texas2
University of the Pacific2
Utah State University2
Wake Forest University2
West Virginia University2
Williams College2
Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University1
American International University1
American University in Cairo1
Arizona State University-Tempe1
Bard College1
Bates College1
Beloit College1
Bennett College1
Berry College1
Brooklyn College1
Bucknell University1
Calvin College1
Carnegie Mellon University1
Case Western Reserve University1
Cedarville University1
City College of New York1
College of the Holy Cross-MA1
College of William & Mary1
Colorado State University1
Connecticut College1
DePauw University1
Dickinson College1
Diplomatic Academy of Vienna1
Drew University1
Drexel University1
Eastern Illinois University1
Elmhurst College1
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University1
Fisk University1
Florida A&M University1
Fort Lewis College1
Furman University1
George Mason University 1
Georgia State University1
Hampshire College1
Hawaii Pacific University1
Hendrix College1
Hollins College1
Indiana University1
Indiana University of Pennsylvania1
Iowa State University1
Ithaca College1
Johns Hopkins University1
Johnson C. Smith University1
Keene State College1
Kenyon College1
Knox College1
La Sierra University1
Lafayette College1
Lake Forest College1
Lebanon Valley College1
Lehigh University1
Lincoln University1
Loyola University1
Loyola University Chicago1
Manhattan College1
Massachusetts Institute of Technology1
McKendree University1
Mercer University1
Mills College1
Morgan State University1
Mount Holyoke College1
Mount St. Mary’s College1
New Mexico State University1
North Carolina State University1
North Georgia College1
Old Dominion University1
Oregon State University1
Otterbein University1
Pacific Lutheran University1
Pepperdine University1
Pomona College1
Randolph College1
Rochester Institute of Technology1
Rollins College1
Rutgers University-New Brunswick1
Saint John’s University1
Saint Louis University1
Saint Michael’s College1
Saint Olaf College1
Saint Peter’s College1
Saint Thomas University1
Skidmore College1
Southern Connecticut State University 1
Southwestern University 1
SUNY at Binghamton1
Sweet Briar College1
Tennessee State University1
The California Maritime Academy1
The George Washington University 1
The New School1
The University of Texas at Austin1
Trinity College1
Trinity University1
University North Florida1
University of Alaska1
University of California-Irvine1
University of Connecticut1
University of Dayton1
University of Denver1
University of Georgia1
University of Hawaii1
University of Houston1
University of Iowa1
University of Louisiana1
University of Memphis1
University of Nevada1
University of Nevada -Las Vegas1
University of North Carolina -Wilmington1
University of Oregon1
University of Puerto Rico1
University of Rochester1
University of San Francisco1
University of South Carolina-Columbia1
University of Tennessee1
University of Utah1
University of Vermont1
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh1
Valdosta State University1
Vassar College1
Villanova University1
Virginia Commonwealth University1
Wabash College1
Western Kentucky University1
Western Michigan University1
Westminster College-New Wilmington1
Westmont College1
Whitman College1
Whittier College1
Winston-Salem State University1
Wittenberg University1
Xavier University of Louisiana1
* Institutions only represent Fellows who are currently serving in the Department of State.