How to Apply

How to Apply2020-09-24T15:52:44-04:00

Applications Being Accepted for 2021 Cohort

Applications for the 2021 cohort of the FAIT Fellowship program are being accepted from September 8, 2020, through February 1, 2021.

To apply, click the Apply Now button above. This will send you to the application portal hosted by TWC. Before you start your application, please view the eligibility requirements below. You’ll also find helpful information on the application documents required.


Here are the current eligibility requirements for the FAIT Fellowship 2021 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 the junior year in the fall of 2021, OR seeking admission in an IT-related master’s degree program at a U.S.-based accredited institution, beginning in the fall of 2021.
  • 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. (Click here for information on the Department of State clearance processes.)

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.

FAIT Fellowship Timeline

FAIT Fellowship Timeline

Below is a general timeline for the FAIT Fellowship program, which accepts applications annually for each cohort. This timeline will be updated for the 2021 cohort when the dates become available.

  • September 8, 2020 – February 1, 2021: Applications Accepted
  • March – April 2021: Selection Process
  • June 2021: Orientation
  • September 2021– May 2022: Complete Junior Year of Undergrad or First Year Graduate Program
  • June – August 2022: Domestic Internship (10 weeks), Professional Development Series
  • September 2022– May 2023: Complete Senior Year of Undergrad or Second Year Graduate Program
  • June – August 2023: Overseas Internship (10 weeks)
  • September 2023: FAIT Fellows Enter Foreign Service as Information Management Specialists

Application Documents

Your application must include:

U.S. passport, birth certificate or naturalization papers

An unofficial copy for all schools attended

Submit your GRE/GMAT scores only if they are required to apply for your intended graduate program(s)

Explain why you want to pursue a career in the Foreign Service (750 words max.):

Maximum two-page resume that highlights your leadership skills (read this article for tips)

If you received financial aid during the most recent academic year, you are required to submit a Financial Aid Letter listing grants or loans.

  • If you received financial aid during the most recent academic year, you are required to submit your SAR form.
  • If you did not receive financial aid during the most recent academic year, you must complete the FAFSA to generate an SAR.

Use this as an opportunity to address any financial hardship or impactful adversity you may have experienced that affects your overall financial standing. You may also include:

  • Assistance you received during your undergraduate studies
  • Your overall education-related debt
  • Your ability/plans to pay for graduate school and/or your junior and senior years of undergraduate (depending on whether you are applying for the Graduate or Undergraduate Fellowship).

Select recommenders who can explain why you are uniquely qualified for the fellowship.

  • If you were enrolled in a degree-granting program within the last two years, the letter must be from a professor or faculty member who knows you.
  • If you are returning to graduate school after a couple years, choose someone who is familiar with your academics, professional work, or volunteer/community activities.