The Foreign Affairs Information Technology (FAIT) Fellowship, a program funded by the United States Department of State, is an incredible opportunity for talented students to pursue an IT-related degree and launch a career in the U.S. Foreign Service as an Information Management Specialist.
As a FAIT Fellow, you’ll receive up to $37,500 annually for your junior and senior years in an IT-related undergrad program, or your two-year master’s program. These funds are applied toward tuition, room and board, books, mandatory fees and some travel expenses. Plus, you’ll receive stipends, housing and travel allowances for the two summer internship experiences – one that will bring you to Washington, D.C., and another that will take you to a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad.
Because the FAIT Fellowship is a two-year program that provides funding and internships in your junior and senior years OR your two-year master’s program, you will be applying for a cohort year. In other words, you must be starting your junior year or entering your master’s program in the fall of the cohort year.
Here are the basic requirements to be eligible to apply. You must:
- Be a U.S. citizen.
- Be enrolled in an undergraduate program relevant to Information Technology and entering the junior year in the fall of the cohort year, OR seeking admission in an IT-related master’s degree program beginning in the fall of the cohort year. (These programs must be at a U.S.-based accredited institution).
- Hold a minimum 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale at the time of the application, and maintain this GPA through participation in the program.
- Be able to obtain and maintain medical and security clearances and suitability requirements.
With this cohort model, the group of FAIT Fellows chosen for that year’s program move through the phases of the program together. All will attend orientation in June and begin the program in the fall. Their first internship is in the following summer in Washington, D.C., and the second internship (abroad) is in the second summer.
Then, after meeting the program and State Department requirements, FAIT Fellows are appointed as Foreign Service Information Management Specialists, with a five-year commitment.
So what type of degree program should you be pursuing to be eligible for the Fellowship?
Because there are so many different degree programs that are related to technology and engineering, the State Department doesn’t have an exhaustive list of degree programs that are eligible. The agency is looking for diversity in technology skills – so IT-related and STEM-related programs are desirable, including computer science, information technology, cybersecurity, computer engineering, IT services administration, information science, computer systems networking, mathematics and more. You can also be in an online degree program, as long as it is from an accredited online college or university
If you’re not sure whether your degree program would meet the requirements, send an email to FAITFellowship@twc.edu and let us know a good time to call you.
Applications normally open in the fall and close the following February. When you are ready to apply, go to https://www.faitfellowship.org/how-to-apply/ to view the timeline, eligibility and application documents. The application website is added to this page when applications are being accepted.