This webinar was recorded live on August 18, 2022, and is now available to watch on-demand. 

Discover how this two-year fellowship program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, is a path to a career in the Foreign Service for individuals who are pursuing IT-related college degrees. The Foreign Affairs Information Technology (FAIT) Fellowship offers both undergraduate and graduate fellowships, providing up to $87,000 in academic funding over two years, summer internships with stipends, professional development and mentorship. And upon successful completion, fellows receive an appointment in the Foreign Service as Information Management Specialists.

Applications for the next cohort will open in September 2022 for individuals who plan to complete their bachelor’s, master’s, or a dual degree program in an IT-related field in spring 2025. As one of the State Department’s premier diversity recruitment programs, the FAIT Fellowship aims to attract top technology talent that represents the ethnic, racial, gender, social, and geographic diversity of the United States. The FAIT Fellowship encourages applications from women, minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and those with financial need.

This webinar is designed for faculty, staff and advisors at community colleges and four-year colleges and universities, who want to help their students learn about this opportunity.

Our speakers on this one-hour webinar include:

  • Patti Boerner, Program Manager for the FAIT Fellowship, U.S. Department of State
  • Antoinette Hurtado, Diplomat in Residence Southwest, U.S. Department of State
  • Blessing Rutonesha, Assistant Program Manager, FAIT Fellowship, The Washington Center

Don’t miss this great opportunity to hear directly from the State Department and find out how you can support your qualified IT students who might apply for this unique program. You’ll hear:

  • An overview of the FAIT Fellowship program and the role of an Information Management Specialist in the Foreign Service
  • How the FAIT Fellowship program is aligned with the State Department’s goals to attract top tech talent that reflects the diversity of the United States
  • Eligibility requirements, including guidance on what to do if you are unsure whether a degree program is eligible
  • What is covered in the academic funding of up to $43,500 annually for two years
  • What is required of students who are accepted into the FAIT Fellowship program (such as, summer internships, attending the professional development series, Foreign Service appointment)
  • The role of the Diplomat in Residence (DIR) at colleges/universities and how to get in touch with the DIR in your region
  • Options for spreading the word – virtual info sessions, in-person info sessions, printed or digital materials from TWC
  • And much more!