Aside from student fellowships, there is another way of by-passing the FSOT: by way of the Mustang Program.
What is the Mustang Program?
It’s a program that gives Civil Service (CS) employees and Foreign Service Specialists (FSS) the chance to apply and become FSO’s without having to take the FSOT. CS and FSS employees in the State Department are welcome to apply to any of the five Generalist cones: Management, Consular, Economic, Political or Public Diplomacy.
By-Pass the FSOT
But keep in mind, if you’re selected to be an FSO through the Mustang Program, you can by-pass the FSOT but you still need to take the Foreign Service Oral Assessment (FSOA)! Also, this assumes you meet medical requirements, clear security background check, and have spent at least three years as a CS or FSS employee, among other criteria (to be revealed at a later date).
Get into State FIRST, then prep for the FSOT:
The beauty of this option is that if you get into State Department as CS or FSS, the pressure to get a job in foreign affairs is taken off you and you can prepre for the FSOT at your leisure (that is if you’re still set on being an FS Generalist).
Failed the FSOT? No Fear!
So if you failed the FSOT, no fear, you can still get your foot in the State Department door through CS and FSS programs and still have a shot at becoming an FSO through the Mustang Program.
If you have more questions about the program, leave a comment and I’ll answer any questions.