Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship
Leveraging your passion for technology to serve the U.S. abroad.
If you’re pursuing an IT-related degree, the Foreign Affairs Information Technology (FAIT) Fellowship could combine your passion for technology and love of travel into to a rewarding career.
As an FAIT Fellow, you’ll receive substantial financial support, mentoring, and professional development from the U.S. Department of State. Following graduation, Fellows join the U.S. Foreign Service and complete a five-year service commitment as an Information Management Specialist.
Underrepresented minority groups are encouraged to apply: this includes but is not limited to racial, ethnic, geographic, and gender minorities, as well as those with financial need.
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To be eligible to participate, you must meet the following criteria:
- Be a U.S. citizen.
- Be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program relevant to IT and entering your junior year in the fall of 2020; OR be seeking admission to an IT-related master’s degree program beginning in the fall of 2020.
- Have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.
- Be prepared to enter the Foreign Service in fall 2022.
- For graduate students only: please submit your GRE/GMAT scores only if they are required to apply for your intended graduate program(s); otherwise, they are not required for the FAIT Fellowship application.
Fellows receive tuition and stipend support for four semesters of academic coursework. Funds are intended to be used in two consecutive academic years, ending in degree completion; Fellows earn a Bachelor’s Degree OR a 2-year Master’s Degree in an IT-related major or program. Accredited online degree programs are permitted.
During this two-year program, FAIT Fellows complete two summer internships with the State Department:
- A domestic internship in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Department of State
- An international internship at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad
Throughout the program Fellows receive personalized mentoring and professional development opportunities. After successfully completing the program and meeting all the requirements of the State Department, Fellows commission into the Foreign Service and serve as an Information Management Specialist for at least five years.
The U.S. State Department provides substantial academic funding so that you may focus on preparing yourself for a future career in the Foreign Service. As a selected FAIT Fellow, you will receive:
- Up to $37,500 annually for tuition, room and board, books, mandatory fees and some travel expenses for your junior and senior year of undergraduate study OR a two-year master’s degree in an IT-related field.
- You'll also receive stipends, housing and travel allowances for the two internship experiences.
Dates and Deadlines
Specific dates for the 2020 FAIT Fellowship will be posted as they are determined. Be sure to check the website frequently.
The program follows this general schedule:
- Application open now!
- Application Deadline: February 14 2020, 11:59 p.m.
- In-person Interviews: Wednesday, April 15 2020
- Orientation: June 2020
- Program begins: Fall 2020
- First Internship: Summer 2021 (between junior-senior years for undergraduates; between first-second years for graduate students)
- Second Internship: Summer 2022 (after graduation/completion of degree)
- Information Management Specialist Position begins: Fall 2022 (following completion of international internship; approximately three months post-graduation)
How to Apply
Applications for FAIT are currently open.
Your application must include:
- Proof of U.S. citizenship: U.S. passport, birth certificate or naturalization papers
- Transcript: an unofficial copy for all schools attended
- GRE/GMAT scores (for graduate students): Submit your GRE/GMAT scores only if they are required to apply for your intended graduate program(s)
- A Personal Statement explaining why you want to pursue a career in the Foreign Service: (750 words max.):
- Highlight your motivations, as well as your background, experiences and skills that will help you succeed.
- It might be helpful to review the 12 Dimensions of Foreign Service Specialists
- Resumé (two-pages max.)
- Most recent Financial Aid Award Letter: if you received financial aid during the most recent academic year, you are required to submit a Financial Aid Letter listing grants or loans.
- Most recent Student Aid Report (SAR):
- 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.
- Statement of Financial Need (400 words max.):
- Prepare a short statement explaining your need for financial assistance, including assistance you received during your undergraduate studies, your overall education-related debt, and 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).
- One Letter of Recommendation: 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.
About Information Management Specialists
As an IMS, you will support and maintain hundreds of applications and provide IT services domestically and abroad at over 275 overseas posts in nearly 200 countries. You will serve your country by maintaining secure, reliable IT tools and resources to ensure that Foreign Service Officers, federal agencies and non-government partners can promote diplomacy while serving overseas. You will gain experiences that few other IT professions offer, including the reward of living in a foreign country while experiencing different cultures and helping to protect U.S. interests abroad.