Pickering and Rangel Fellowships

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The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program and the Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program are sibling programs funded by the U.S. Department of State and 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 fellowship pays up to $84,000 over two years for tuition, fees and living expenses for graduate study; a comprehensive orientation program before graduate study; mentorship by Foreign Service members; internships at U.S. Foreign Missions and/or on Capitol Hill; employment with the U.S. Foreign Service upon successful completion of the Program and meeting entry requirements (the fellowship carries a service obligation).


Applicants for either fellowship must:

  • be seeking admission to enter graduate school in the following fall for a two-year program at a U.S. university in an area of relevance to the Foreign Service. They can be in the senior year of their undergraduate studies, graduating by June of the application year, or they can be college graduates.
  • have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.
  • be a U.S. citizen.


National: September (for both)

Selected KU Students

Rangel Fellows:

Pickering Fellows:

  • Jaleah Cullors, 2022
  • Julia Groeblacher, 2008
  • Michelle Tran, 2005
  • Bisola Ojikutu, 1999