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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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