Foreign Affairs Information Technology (FAIT) Fellowship

Term: Academic Year

Provides tuition assistance for undergraduate and graduate students in IT-related fields to launch careers in the Foreign Service

Funded by the State Department, this two-year fellowship program is a unique opportunity for individuals pursuing an IT-related bachelor’s or master’s degree, and who want to use their tech skills to serve diplomacy in the U.S. Foreign Service.

The FAIT Fellowship provides academic funding for two years, two summer internships (with stipends), professional development and mentorships, and culminates in an appointment in the Foreign Service as an Information Management Specialist.

Program Benefits

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.

Fact Sheet

Columbia Alumna/us, Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Columbia Undergraduates, Fellowships, Junior, Senior, Sophomore, U.S. Citizen
Fellowship Type:
Postgraduate Degree-Seeking, Public Service
North America
Academic Year

Dates & Deadlines

Academic Year
Application Deadline: 
Monday, January 31, 2022