US State Department is Now Accepting Applications for the Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship

Sep 03, 2020 • Views -

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State

For college students who aspire to a technology career that makes a difference in the world, this two-year Fellowship, funded by the U.S. Department of State, is an opportunity of a lifetime.

Seeking to attract top tech talent to the Foreign Service that reflects the diversity of the United States, the State Department encourages women, members of minority groups underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need, to apply to this fulfilling and rewarding program.

The Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship program provides a path to an exciting career in the U.S. Foreign Service through academic funding (up to $75,000), internships, professional development, and ultimately, an appointment (full-time position) as a Foreign Service Information Management Specialist (IMS).

Now Accepting Applications for the 2021 Cohort

Applications for the 2021 cohort are now being accepting through Feb 1, 2021. Here are the basic eligibility requirements to apply. You must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be enrolled in an IT-related degree program and starting your junior year in fall 2021, or seeking admission for fall 2021 in a two-year IT-related master’s degree program, at a U.S.-based accredited institution (in-person or online programs)
  • Be able to obtain and maintain medical and security clearances and suitability requirements
  • Hold a minimum 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale at the time of your application, and maintain this GPA throughout the program.

What You’ll Receive as a FAIT Fellow

As a FAIT Fellow, you can expect to forge new friendships, create a professional network, and build memories for a lifetime. Plus, here are the benefits of the Fellowship:

  • Academic funding: up to $37,500 annually for tuition, room and board, books, mandatory fees and some travel expenses, for the junior and senior years of undergraduate study, OR a two-year master’s degree program in an IT-related field.
  • Stipends, housing and travel allowances for the two summer internships: A domestic internship in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Department of State; and an international internship at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad.
  • Personalized mentoring and professional development opportunities throughout the program.
  • An appointment in the Foreign Service as an Information Management Specialist upon successful completion of the program and the State Department’s requirements.

Foreign Service IMS and FAIT Fellows Share Their Experiences

Before you embark on your FAIT Fellowship journey and the path to becoming a Foreign Service IMS, you can hear directly from five FAIT Fellows in video interviews, as they share their experiences with the application process and their summer internships. Also, Foreign Service IMS Elizabeth Slater talks about what it’s like working in the Foreign Service. View these videos at

Prepare Now to Apply

The application deadline is February 1, 2021, but you should start preparing your application documents early to submit the most competitive application possible for this prestigious fellowship program. Learn what application documents are needed and get helpful tips in articles in the Diplomatic Roots blog on the FAIT Fellowship website.

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Deadline: February 1, 2021

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