The program seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. The goal is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds, who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U. S. Department of State.
The fellowship award includes tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees during the junior and senior years of college and during the first year of graduate study with reimbursement for books and one round-trip travel. The Fellow must commit to pursuing a graduate degree in international studies at one of the graduate schools identified by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Participating graduate schools provide financial support in the second year of graduate study based on need. Each successful candidate is obligated to a minimum of four and one half years service in an appointment as a Foreign Service Officer.
- Strength of undergraduate course work.
- Economic status (demonstrate financial need).
- College honors and awards.
- Extracurricular/community/volunteer activities and leadership roles in these activities.
- Personal statement.
- Medical and security clearances required for program participation.
- Only U.S. citizens will be considered.
- Applicants must be in the sophomore year of undergraduate study.
- Cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.
- A cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale must be maintained throughout participation in the program.
- Complete application packet sent directly to WWNF
- WWNF deadline is February 9, 2011.
- Online application available online [here]
Finalists attend an interview session in Princeton, NJ or Washington, DC.
Visit the Woodrow Wilson website for specific and complete information regarding this fellowship.