A service of the University Honors Program for all KU undergraduates

Pickering Fellowships

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Programs are funded by the U.S. Department of State and is designed to attract individuals “from all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career with the U.S. Department of State.”

The Program has both undergraudate and graduate components. Pickering Undergraduate applicants must apply as rising seniors; Graduate applicants must be seeking admission to a two-year master’s degree program in the coming fall.

The fellowship pays up to $40,000 annually for the final year of undergraduate study and the first year of graduate school or for two years of graduate study; the fellowship carries a service obligation.
•    Open to U.S. Citizens.
•    Students apply as Juniors (undergraduate felllowship) or Seniors (graduate fellowship).
•    National deadline in January.

Three KU students have been Pickering Fellows:

  • Julia Groeblacher, 2008
  • Michelle Tran, 2005
  • Bisola Ojikutu, 1999

 


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Course offerings are “among the most comprehensive in the nation,” according to “A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs”
98% of University Honors Program graduates are employed or accepted to graduate school within six months of graduation
40% of students in the University Honors Program conduct research before graduation
9 to 1: Average ratio of KU honors students to faculty advisors
1 of only 7 programs nationwide to receive a top rating from “A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs” in 2014
60% of University Honors Program students study abroad
KU honors students select their advisors from top-ranked KU faculty
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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