Enable Diplomacy Around the World - Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship (FAIT Fellowship)

February 14, 2022

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The Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship is an Opportunity of a Lifetime.

If you want to use your tech skills to make a difference, see the world, and experience different cultures, the Foreign Affairs IT (FAIT) Fellowship is an opportunity of a lifetime.

Funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Washington Center (TWC) for Internships and Academic Seminars, the Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship Program provides outstanding students pursuing an IT-related degree with a challenging and rewarding opportunity to apply technology solutions to the business of diplomacy.


The 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. It welcomes the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the State Department, women, and those with financial need. Based on the fundamental principle that diversity is a strength in our diplomatic efforts, the program values varied backgrounds, including ethnic, racial, social, and geographic diversity.

The academic funding supports your junior and senior years of undergraduate studies, or your two-year master’s degree program, in an IT-related field. Plus, the fellowship provides two valuable internship experiences (one in Washington, D.C. and one abroad), professional development, and personalized mentoring.

After you successfully complete the program and pass the U.S. Department of State’s requirements, you’ll launch your career with an appointment in the Foreign Service as an Information Management Specialist with a minimum five-year commitment.

Leveraging your passion for technology to serve the U.S. abroad.

If you're pursuing an IT-related degree and interested in using technology solutions for the business of diplomacy, particularly if you are a member of an underrepresented group, the Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship (FAIT) could be your path to a rewarding career. This fellowship offers you a truly unique opportunity, including financial support, mentoring and professional development. Fellows agree to a minimum five-year service commitment as an Information Management Specialist.  The five-year service commitment begins upon entry into the Foreign Service.

Administered by Washington Center, this U.S. Department of State fellowship 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. If accepted you’ll receive the financial support, mentoring and professional development to prepare you for a career in the Foreign Service. Upon successfully completing the program and the Foreign Affairs IT Specialist entry requirements, you will receive an appointment as a Foreign Service Information Management Specialist (IMS).

Program Components

During this two-year program, you'll complete two summer internships with the State Department: one in the U.S., between the first and second year of your undergraduate or Master's program, 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.

Dates and Deadlines

Applications for the 2022 cohort will be accepted starting in fall 2021.

This is a general timeline for the FAIT Fellowship program, which accepts applications annually for each cohort. The specific dates will be updated on the FAIT Fellowship website.

  • September 2021 - February 2022: Applications Accepted
  • March - April 2022: Selection Process
  • June 2022: Orientation
  • September 2022 - May 2023: Complete your junior year in an undergraduate program or your first year of a graduate program
  • June - August 2023: Domestic Internship (10 weeks), Professional Development Series
  • September 2023 - May 2024: Complete your final year in an undergraduate or graduate degree program
  • June - August 2024: Overseas Internship (10 weeks)
  • September 2024: FAIT Fellows Enter Foreign Service as Information Management Specialists

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Here are the current eligibility requirements for the FAIT Fellowship program. You must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program relevant to Information Technology at a U.S.-based accredited institution, and entering the junior year in the fall of the cohort year, OR seeking admission in an IT-related master’s degree program at a U.S.-based accredited institution, beginning in the fall of the cohort year.
  • 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 obtain and maintain medical and security clearances and suitability requirements.


Deadline: February 14, 2022

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The U.S. Department of State is seeking to attract top tech talent to the Foreign Service that reflects the diversity of the United States. Women, members of minority groups underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need, are encouraged to apply to this challenging and rewarding program. Foreign Affairs IT Fellows will receive:

  • Academic funding: up to $37,500 annually 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.
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