The Foreign Affairs Information Technology (FAIT) Fellowship, funded by the United States Department of State, provides undergraduate and graduate students in IT-related fields with tuition assistance, as well as mentorship and professional development, to launch their careers in the Foreign Service as Information Management Specialists.
Foreign Affairs IT Fellows will receive:
- Annual academic funding for tuition, room and board, books, mandatory fees and some travel expense, for the junior and senior years of undergraduate study, OR a two-year master’s degree program in an IT-related field.
- Stipends, housing and travel allowances for the two summer internships: A domestic internship in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Department of State; and an international internship at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad.
- Personalized mentoring and professional development opportunities throughout the program.
- An appointment in the Foreign Service as an Information Management Specialist upon successful completion of the program and the State Department’s requirements. Fellows agree to a minimum five-year commitment upon entry into the Foreign Service.
To be eligible for consideration, candidates must be:
- Be a U.S. citizen.
- Enrolled in an undergraduate program relevant to Information Technology and entering the junior year in the fall prior to applying, OR enrolling in an IT-related master’s degree program beginning in the fall semester at the start of your fellowship program.
- 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 pass medical and security clearances and suitability requirements.
- Be prepared to enter the Foreign Service (a five-year commitment) in fall after completing the fellowship program.