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U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT’S PICKERING FOREIGN AFFAIRS FELLOWS FOR 2006 ANNOUNCED AT WOODROW WILSON
PRINCETON, NJ –Thirty-nine outstanding students—20 undergraduates and 19 just entering master’s degree programs, all committed to preparation for careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State—have received Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships to support their training, beginning in the 2006-07 academic year.
The Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship program, funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, seeks to attract to the Foreign Service talented candidates from all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds. The program develops a source of trained officers who will represent the skill needs of the Department and who are dedicated to representing America’s interests abroad.
“The world around us is rapidly changing, and the United States must have a diplomatic service comprised of dedicated people who are prepared to contribute their best to U.S. transformational diplomacy,” said Marianne Myles, Director of the State Department’s Office of Recruitment, Examination and Employment. “Pickering Fellows will take up the rewarding challenge of representing America’s interests abroad.”
The undergraduate component of the Pickering Fellows program, created in 1992, provides college sophomores with full funding to complete the bachelor’s degree and pursue the master’s in a field related to international affairs, and also offers a series of special training institutes and internships. The Pickering Graduate Fellowship, added in 1996, makes similar awards to interested candidates who are completing the bachelor’s degree and preparing for master’s degree programs. Twenty fellowships are available at each level annually.
“The Woodrow Wilson Foundation is extremely pleased to see the excellent quality of students who are participants in the Pickering Foreign Affairs and Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program and their dedication and commitment to serving the country in the future as Foreign Service Officers,” said Richard Hope, a Vice President of the Foundation and Director of the Pickering Fellowship Programs.
The 20 Pickering Undergraduate Fellows for 2006 are the 13th cohort in the undergraduate program, and come from 17 noted colleges and universities nationwide. The Pickering Graduate Fellows (10th cohort) will be going to 13 respected institutions for master’s programs in international affairs, political science, economics, and related fields.
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The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has its origins in a now-famous fellowship program, begun in 1945, which helped the United States create a great generation of college teachers and intellectual leaders. Today’s Woodrow Wilson continues to cultivate excellence in teaching and learning at every level of education, putting the arts and sciences at the service of democracy.