Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships and Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowships

Provides generous support up to $37,000 at the undergraduate and/or graduate level for students representing all ethnic and social backgrounds who are interested in becoming Foreign Service Officers. Applicants must be U.S. citizens with GPA of 3.2 or higher. Consideration is given to financial need and to significant leadership and service activities. Applicants for the Foreign Affairs Fellowships must be current JUNIORS; applicants for the Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowships must be SENIORS or GRADUATES seeking admission to an appropriate graduate program for the following fall. The Fellowships carry a service obligation.


This scholarship does not require a nomination from the University of Minnesota. The Office for National and International Scholarships consults with interested students on assembling competitive applications, helps them prepare for interviews or other stages of the selection process as necessary, and publicizes results.


Application Deadline: 
September 17, 2020
Campus Contact: 
Application Year(s): 
Junior; Senior; After Graduation
Award Type(s): 
Undergraduate; Graduate

University of MN Recipients


  • 2002 – Clarence-Jason Peterson, Political Science
  • 2018 – Eric Chu, Plant Biology