For college students who aspire to a technology career that makes a difference in the world, this two-year Fellowship, funded by the U.S. Department of State, is an opportunity of a lifetime.
Seeking to attract top tech talent to the Foreign Service that reflects the diversity of the United States, the State Department encourages women, members of minority groups underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need, to apply to this fulfilling and rewarding program.
The Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship program provides a path to an exciting career in the U.S. Foreign Service through academic funding (up to $75,000), internships, professional development, and ultimately, an appointment (full-time position) as a Foreign Service Information Management Specialist (IMS).
Applications for the 2021 cohort are now being accepted through Feb 1, 2021. To apply for this cohort, you must be enrolled in an IT-related degree program and starting your junior year in fall 2021, or, planning on entering a two-year master’s degree program in an IT-related field of study, at a U.S.-based accredited institution (in-person and online programs). View all of the eligibility requirements on the website.
What You’ll Receive as a FAIT Fellow
As a FAIT Fellow, you can expect to forge new friendships, create a professional network, and build memories for a lifetime. Plus, here are the benefits of the Fellowship:
- Academic funding: up to $37,500 annually for tuition, room and board, books, mandatory fees and some travel expense, for the junior and senior years of undergraduate study, OR a two-year master’s degree program in an IT-related field.
- Stipends, housing and travel allowances for the two summer internships: A domestic internship in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Department of State; and an international internship at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad.
- Personalized mentoring and professional development opportunities throughout the program.
- An appointment in the Foreign Service as an Information Management Specialist, upon successful completion of the program and the State Department requirements.
Prepare Now to Apply
The application deadline is February 1, 2021, but you should start preparing your application documents early to submit the most competitive application possible for this prestigious fellowship program. Learn what application documents are needed and get helpful tips in articles in the Diplomatic Roots blog on the FAIT Fellowship website.
Contact Us with Questions
We’d love to talk with you and answer your questions. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know your contact info and the best time to reach you. The Washington Center administers the FAIT Fellowship in partnership with the U.S. Department of State. We’re here to support you throughout the application process.
FAIT Fellowship Team