Washington (August 25, 2021) — The Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, the first university partner of the Foreign Affairs Information Technology (FAIT) Fellowship, will provide scholarships for FAIT Fellows enrolling in its eligible master’s programs.

The Heinz College scholarships will cover the difference between the FAIT Fellowship tuition assistance and the cost of tuition at Heinz College. For the 2022-2023 academic year, the Heinz scholarship for FAIT Fellows will be $30,900 per year.

With a commitment to diversity and inclusion, Heinz College partners with opportunities for minority students to help improve access to its graduate programs. The FAIT Fellowship program’s focus on diversity aligns with Heinz College’s values.

“Foreign policy faces complex challenges in our increasingly connected world. It’s vital that we nurture data-driven problem-solvers with a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives, and prepare them to have an impact in foreign affairs,” said Jackie Speedy, Associate Dean of the School of Public Policy and Management at Heinz College. “It’s a priority for us to do all we can to ensure that talented and diverse students like FAIT Fellows have increased access to our master’s degree programs.”

The FAIT Fellowship program was launched by the U.S. Department of State with the goal of attracting top-notch tech talent to the Foreign Service that reflects the diversity of the United States. Funded by the State Department and administered by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC), the FAIT Fellowship encourages members of minority groups underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need to apply.

This unique two-year Fellowship program provides a path to an exciting career in the U.S. Foreign Service through academic funding, internships, professional development, and ultimately, an appointment as a Foreign Service Information Management Specialist. Fellows receive up to $37,500 annually in academic funding for the junior and senior years of undergraduate study or a two-year master’s program.  Fellows also receive stipends, travel expenses and housing for two summer internship experiences – one in Washington, D.C. and one at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad.

“The FAIT Fellowship program opens opportunities up for individuals who may otherwise not be able to get their IT-related degree, and prepares them for an exciting career in public service,” says Jung Ran Lim, Vice President, Federal and Customized Initiatives, The Washington Center. “This generous scholarship now makes pursuing a master’s degree at Heinz College even more accessible.”

Learn more about the Heinz scholarship program for FAIT Fellows and the eligible master’s programs on the FAIT Fellowship partners and champions page.

Applications for the FAIT Fellowship 2022 cohort will be accepted starting in early September (exact date to be announced) through January 31, 2022. Learn more about eligibility requirements and how to apply at FAITFellowship.org.


About The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars

The Washington Center is the largest and most established student internship program in Washington, D.C. Since our founding, we’ve helped more than 60,000 young people translate their college majors into career paths. We use our scale and expertise to customize each student’s experience to be truly transformative. TWC is now in its sixth year partnering with the State Department to administer the FAIT Fellowship program.

About the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University

The Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy is home to two internationally recognized graduate-level institutions at Carnegie Mellon University: the School of Information Systems and Management and the School of Public Policy and Management. This unique colocation combined with its expertise in analytics set Heinz College apart in the areas of cybersecurity, health care, the future of work, smart cities, and arts & entertainment. In 2016, INFORMS named Heinz College the #1 academic program for Analytics Education. For more information, please visit www.heinz.cmu.edu.