Use Your Tech Skills to Enable Diplomacy Around the World.
For college students who aspire to a technology career that makes a difference in the world, this two-year Fellowship, funded by the U.S. Department of State, is an opportunity of a lifetime.
The Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship program provides a path to an exciting career in the U.S. Foreign Service through academic funding (up to $75,000), internships, professional development, and ultimately, an appointment (full-time position) as a Foreign Service Information Management Specialist (IMS).
Applications are being accepted from Sept. 8, 2020 through February 1, 2021, for the 2021 cohort of the FAIT Fellowship program.
As a FAIT Fellow in the 2021 cohort, you’ll receive academic funding to complete your junior and senior years, or your master’s program, for an IT-related degree, starting in fall 2021. This can be either an in-person or online program at a U.S.-based accredited institution.
Your Fellowship begins with orientation in summer 2021, and you will complete your junior year (or first year of your master’s program) in the 2021-2022 academic year. In your first summer as a FAIT Fellow, which will be summer 2022, you’ll go to Washington, D.C. for a U.S. Department of State summer internship and receive a stipend and housing allowance. You’ll then complete your final academic year of school, fall 2022-spring 2023. In summer 2023, you’ll head out to your summer internship at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad, and receive a stipend and housing. Once you’ve completed the State Department requirements, you’ll get an appointment as a Foreign Service Information Management Specialist, and embark on an exciting career, traveling the world, learning new cultures, and using your tech skills to enable diplomacy!
As a FAIT Fellow, you’ll receive:
- Up to $37,500 annually in academic funding for your junior and senior years in an IT-related undergrad program, or your two-year IT-related master’s program, at a U.S.-based accredited school.
- Stipends, housing, and travel allowances for the two summer internship experiences – one that will bring you to Washington, D.C., and another that will take you to a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad.
- An appointment (full-time job) in the Foreign Service as an Information Management Specialist for a minimum of five years, once you complete your college degree program and meet the U.S. State Department requirements.
Here are the basic requirements to be eligible to apply. You must:
- Be a U.S. citizen;
- Be enrolled in an IT-related degree program and starting your junior year in fall 2021, or seeking admission for fall 2021 in a two-year IT-related master’s degree program, at a U.S.-based accredited institution (in-person or online programs)
- Hold a minimum 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale at the time of the application, and maintain this GPA throughout participation in the program;
- Be able to pass U.S. Dept. of State medical and security clearances, and suitability requirements.
You can learn more about the program, eligibility requirements, benefits, and view webinars and videos, on the webiste at https://www.faitfellowship.org/