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 a rewarding career.
As a FAIT Fellow, you’ll receive academic funding, two paid summer internships in the U.S. Department of State, mentoring, and professional development. After successfully completing the program and the State Department’s requirements, you will receive an appointment with the U.S. Foreign Service 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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Here are the current eligibility requirements for the FAIT Fellowship program. 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 your junior year in the fall of the cohort year, OR seeking admission to an IT-related master’s degree program, at a U.S.-based accredited institution, beginning in the fall of the cohort year.
- 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.
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
Applications for the 2021 cohort of the FAIT Fellowship program are being accepted from September 8, 2020, through February 1, 2021.
This is a general timeline for the FAIT Fellowship program, which accepts applications annually for each cohort.
- 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
How to Apply
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.):
- Resumé (two-pages max, read this article for tips.)
- 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: 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).
- 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.