Eligibility Requirements to Apply for the Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship

The Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship program is designed as a two-year cohort model, with the application window for each cohort opening in the fall and closing in February the following year.

Applications for the 2022 cohort will be accepted starting in fall 2021. We’ll update the timeline when the date is finalized).  To be eligible to apply for the 2022 cohort, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen;
  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program relevant to Information Technology at a U.S.-based accredited institution and entering your junior year in fall 2022, OR
  • Be seeking admission in an IT-related master’s degree program at a U.S.-based accredited institution beginning in fall 2022;
  • 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;
  • Agree to a minimum five-year commitment with the Foreign Service upon successful completion of the program and the State Department’s requirements.

Minority groups historically underrepresented in the State Department are encouraged to apply: this includes but is not limited to racial, ethnic, geographic, and gender minorities, as well as those with financial need.