Professional Fellowships

Whether you’re a mid- or senior-level professional in the private sector, state or local government, the non-profit world, a tenured or tenure-track academic, or a PhD scientist or an engineer with work experience, one of our professional fellowships may be right for you. These unique programs allow experienced professionals and academics to serve with the United States Government (USG) and work on global issues of vital importance to America, such as counterterrorism, human rights, international development assistance, nonproliferation, or the environment.

If you’re ready to apply your expertise and experience to diplomacy, the U.S. Department of State’s professional fellowships are the perfect place to start. You may find a fellowship that fits your background.

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AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship Program The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship Program requires a PhD or an equivalent doctoral-level degree at the time of application – or a master's degree in engineering and at least three years of post-degree professional experience. Closed: November 1, 2015. Subscribe to receive email updates
Civil Service Foreign Affairs and STEM Fellowships

Department of State Civil Service STEM Fellowship Program - The Department of State uses science and technology to foster a global environment where invention, innovation, and industry can thrive through the ever-changing technical arena of international affairs.

Department of State Civil Service Foreign Affairs (FA) Fellowship Program - The Department of State uses diplomacy to foster a global environment that encourages international collaboration and cooperation. Civil Service Foreign Affairs positions play a key role in the Department’s diplomacy efforts, performing critical functions, such as work related to foreign policy development and monitoring international agreements.

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Diplomacy Fellows Program

The Diplomacy Fellows Program provides an opportunity for participants in nine fellowship programs to advance to the Foreign Service Oral Assessment, for the competitive selection of entry level Foreign Service Officer Candidates.

Closed: August 29, 2014. Subscribe to receive email updates
Franklin Fellows Program The Franklin Fellows Program is open to mid- and senior-level professionals from both private sector and non-profit entities, including NGOs, academia, foundations, and associations. Closed: September 2, 2014 Subscribe to receive email updates
Jefferson Science Fellowship Program The Jefferson Science Fellowship Program is open to scientists and engineers who are tenured faculty from U.S. institutions of higher learning. Closed: November 2, 2015. Subscribe to receive email updates
Professional Science & Engineering Society Fellows Program The Professional Science & Engineering Society Fellows Program is open to members of sponsoring societies, with additional qualifications determined by the societies. Closed: January 15, 2016. Subscribe to receive email updates
Virtual Fellows Program

The Virtual Fellows Program gives seasoned U.S. citizen professionals the opportunity to contribute by serving as virtual consultants on issues, problems or questions faced by the State Department, without requiring that Virtual Fellows physically relocate to Washington, D.C.

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