US State Dept Call for Applications: Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship

Sep 01, 2022 • Views -

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State

The Foreign Affairs Information Technology (FAIT) Fellowship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is a path to a career in the Foreign Service as an Information Management Specialist (IMS). If you want to use your technology skills to support U.S. diplomacy and experience new cultures, the FAIT Fellowship is an opportunity of a lifetime. 

This unique two-year fellowship prepares you to enter the Foreign Service by providing: 

  • Up to $43,500 annually in academic funding for tuition, room and board, books, mandatory fees and some travel expense (see eligibility requirements).
  • 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 overseas internship at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad.
  • Personalized mentoring and professional development opportunities throughout the program. 

Upon successful completion of the fellowship program and the State Department’s Foreign Service entry requirements, you will receive an appointment in the Foreign Service as an Information Management Specialist and launch a career that will take you all over the world.

Promoting Diversity in the Foreign Service

The FAIT Fellowship strives to attract the best tech talent to the Foreign Service that reflects the diversity of the United States. Based on the fundamental principle that diversity is a strength in our diplomatic efforts, the FAIT Fellowship program values varied backgrounds, including ethnic, racial, gender, and geographic diversity.  Members of minority groups underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and individuals with financial need are encouraged to apply. 

Now Accepting Applications for the 2023 Cohort

Applications are now being accepting through February 3, 2023. To be eligible to apply for the 2023 cohort, you must meet all the criteria below:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be enrolled full-time in an IT-related bachelor’s degree program or seeking admission to an IT-related master’s degree program at a U.S.-based accredited institution
  • Be on a timeline to graduate with your bachelor’s or master’s degree in spring 2025 while enrolled full-time for spring and fall semesters
  • Hold a minimum 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale at the time of the application, and maintain this GPA throughout the program

As a selected fellow, you will need to:

You can find additional details about eligibility on the website.

Foreign Service IMSs 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 view video interviews of FAIT Fellows sharing their experiences in the program and of Foreign Service Information Management Specialists talking about their careers and what it’s like working in the Foreign Service. 

Prepare Now to Apply

The application period for the 2023 cohort is September 12, 2022, to February 3, 2023. Start preparing your application documents early to submit the most competitive application possible for this exciting fellowship program. Visit the FAIT Fellowship website to get helpful tips in our Diplomatic Roots blog articles, discover what documents you’ll need on the Apply page, register for an upcoming webinar and more. 

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Application Period: Sept 12, 2022 – Feb 3, 2023

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