By-Pass the FSOT (Part 4): The Diplomacy Fellows Program

Of all the options for becoming an FSO, this is the one that is an explicit substitution for the FSOT—that is, successful completion of any of the nine programs listed below constitutes eligibility for the FSOA; hence, by-pass the FSOT!

  1. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Diplomacy Fellows
  2. Boren Graduate Fellowship Fellows (National Security Education Program only)
  3. Fascell Fellows
  4. Institute for International Public Policy Fellows (IIPP)
  5. Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellows
  6. Presidential Management Fellows who have fulfilled their program obligations prior to registration through service at the Department of State or the Agency for International Development
  7. Truman Scholars
  8. Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholars
  9. Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellows

UNIVERSITY STUDENTS LOOK HERE!! A note on Pickering Fellows:

  • They receive tuition, room, board, fees, book costs, and limited professional travel during the junior and senior years of college and the first year of graduate study
  • Commit to pursuing a graduate degree in international studies at a participating school
  • Receive need-based financial support from their schools in the second year of graduate study
  • Upon completion are appointed as Foreign Service Officers with an obligation of four and a half years


  • They are selected annually through a highly competitive nationwide process
  • Supported through two years of graduate study, internships, professional development activities,
  • And are finally accepted into the Foreign Service.

Let me know if you have questions.


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