University of Iowa

Funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, the 2016 Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program provides undergraduate and graduate students with financial support, mentoring and professional development to prepare them academically and professionally for a career in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.

  • For more information about the Foreign Service career, click here.
  • Click here to review eligibility criteria, access the online applications or to look at Pickering Scholar Profiles.

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship pays full tuition and fees for the senior year as well as one year of graduate school and summer internship opportunities for students committed to careers in the U.S. State Department.  Applicants must be students in their third year of undergraduate study with GPAs of 3.85 or above, and they must demonstrate interest in foreign-service careers.

Applications for both Undergraduate and Graduate Pickering Fellowships are due in early winter.  Interested students should contact the Director of Scholar Development by the preceding October.

Contact on campus: Kelly Thornburg, Director of Scholar Development, 319-335-1874,

Iowa’s first Pickering competitor and fellow, Thomas Niblock recalls, “I found out I won the Pickering two weeks after finals in the middle of my Simpsons Hit and Run game and frozen pizza.  I finished the game (but not the pizza) before calling my mom.”  

To find out more about 2005 Pickering Fellow, Tom Niblock, open this document:  Tom Niblock - 2005 Pickering Fellowship - Release and Biography Information.pdf