Funded by the State Department, this two-year fellowship program is a unique opportunity for individuals pursuing an IT-related bachelor’s or master’s degree, and who want to use their tech skills to serve diplomacy in the U.S. Foreign Service.
The FAIT Fellowship provides academic funding, two summer internships (with stipends), professional development and mentorships, and culminates in an appointment in the Foreign Service as an Information Management Specialist.
The State Department has increased the amount of academic funding – see the Benefits section below.
As one of several high-profile U.S. Department of State diversity recruitment programs, the FAIT Fellowship seeks to attract top technology talent to the Foreign Service that reflects the diversity of the United States. Members of minority groups underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and individuals with financial need are encouraged to apply.
Applications are being accepted starting September 12, 2022 through February 3, 2023.
To be eligible to apply for the 2023 cohort, you must meet all the criteria below:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be enrolled full-time in an IT-related bachelor’s degree program or seeking admission in an IT-related master’s degree program at a U.S.-based accredited institution
- Be on a timeline to graduate with your bachelor’s or master’s degree in spring 2025 while enrolled full-time for spring and fall semesters*
- Hold a minimum 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale at the time of the application, and maintain this GPA throughout the program
As a selected fellow, you will need to:
- Obtain and maintain medical and security clearances and suitability requirements
- Agree to a minimum five-year commitment with the Foreign Service upon successful completion of the program and the State Department’s requirements