Administered by Washington Center, the Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship (FAIT) program aims to diversify the ranks of Information Management Specialists serving in the U.S. Foreign Service with traditionally underrepresented minority groups. This includes but is not limited to racial, geographic, religious and gender minorities, as well as those with financial need.
Fellows receive the financial support, mentoring and professional development to prepare them for careers in the Foreign Service. Upon successfully completing the program and the Foreign Affairs IT Specialist entry requirements, fellows will receive an appointment as a Foreign Service Information Management Specialist (IMS).
This is a highly selective program. To be eligible to participate, you must meet the following criteria:
- Be a U.S. citizen.
- Be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program relevant to IT and entering your junior year in the fall of the cohort year; OR be seeking admission to an IT-related master’s degree program beginning in the fall of the cohort year.
- Have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application and this grade point average must be maintained throughout participation in the program.
- Fulfill the summer internship obligations (two summers).
- Attend orientation in June of the cohort year, if selected.
- Pass medical, security and suitability clearance/screenings.
- Be prepared to enter the Foreign Service in the fall following graduation.
Period of Study
During this two-year program, fellows complete two summer internships with the State Department: one in the U.S., the other overseas, during the summer after you complete your degree. Throughout the program you’ll receive personalized mentoring and professional development opportunities. After successfully completing the program and meeting all the requirements of the State Department, you will serve as an Information Management Specialist with the Foreign Service for five years.
As a selected FAIT Fellow, you will receive financial support for tuition, room and board, books, mandatory fees and some travel expenses for either your junior and senior year of undergraduate study OR a two-year master’s degree in an IT-related field (up to $37,500 annually). You'll also receive stipends, housing and travel allowances for the two internship experiences.
Complete an online application. Applications include:
- Transcript: an unofficial copy for all schools attended
- Proof of U.S. citizenship: U.S. passport, birth certificate or naturalization papers
- GRE/GMAT scores (for graduate students only): even if your intended graduate programs do not require them, you must submit GRE/GMAT scores as a part of your FAIT Fellowship Application
- A Personal Statement in response to this prompt (750 words max.): Please review the twelve dimensions of a Foreign Service IT Specialist and enter a personal statement explaining why you want to pursue a career in the Foreign Service. Highlight your motivations, as well as your background, experiences and skills that will help you succeed.
- Resumé (two-pages max.)
- Most recent Financial Aid Award Letter: if you received financial aid during the most recent academic year, you are required to submit a Financial Aid Letter listing grants or loans
- Most recent Student Aid Report (SAR): if you received financial aid during the most recent academic year, you are required to submit your SAR form. If you did not receive financial aid during the most recent academic year, you must complete the FAFSA to generate a SAR
- Statement of Financial Need in response to this prompt (400 words max.): Prepare a short statement explaining your need for financial assistance, including assistance you received during your undergraduate studies, your overall education-related debt, and your ability/plans to pay for graduate school and/or your junior and senior years of undergraduate (depending on whether you are applying for the Graduate or Undergraduate Fellowship).
- Two Letters of Recommendation: select recommenders who can explain why you are uniquely qualified for the fellowship. If you were enrolled in a degree-granting program within the last two years, one letter must be from a professor or faculty member who knows you. The other letter may be from someone else familiar with your college, volunteer, work, or community activities.
Applications are typically due in mid-February.
Additional dates, deadlines and information can be found on the FAIT Fellowship website.
- Recent Graduate
- Graduate Study
- Public Service
- North America