U.S. State Department Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship Seeks Diverse Candidates for 2021 Cohort

The U.S. Department of State and The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC) announce a Call for Applications for the Foreign Affairs Information Technology (FAIT) Fellowship – an exciting opportunity for college students who aspire to a technology career that makes a difference in the world. The Washington Center has collaborated with the Blacks In Technology Foundation to promote the FAIT Fellowship opportunity to their members.

Applications for the 2021 FAIT Fellowship program will be accepted through February 1, 2021, from college students starting their junior year in fall 2021 or a two-year master’s program in fall 2021, in an IT-related degree program at a U.S.-based accredited institution.

Funded by the U.S. State Department and administered by TWC, this two-year Fellowship provides a path to an exciting career in the U.S. Foreign Service through academic funding, internships, professional development, and ultimately, an appointment as a Foreign Service Information Management Specialist. Funding includes up to $37,500 each year for the junior and senior years of undergraduate study or a two-year master’s program.  Fellows also receive stipends, travel expenses and housing for two summer internship experiences – one in Washington, D.C. and at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad.

This will be the fifth year that TWC is partnering with the State Department to attract students to apply for this program, especially individuals in historically underrepresented minority groups, including racial, ethnic, and gender minorities, and those with financial need.

“The FAIT Fellowship program has provided highly talented, exceptional students with the opportunity of a lifetime – helping them to pursue their dreams and make a difference,” said Chris Norton, TWC president. “We’re excited to be an integral part of making that happen, and we’re honored to continue our partnership with the U.S. Department of State.”

“Blacks In Technology is excited to champion the FAIT program,” says Dennis Schultz, Executive Director of the Blacks In Technology Foundation. “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, and a great way to serve the country.”

To date, 30 students have participated in the program. The original cohort from 2017 successfully completed in 2019 and began their careers in the Foreign Service.

Learn more about eligibility requirements and how to apply at FAITFellowship.org.


About The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars

The Washington Center is the largest and most established student internship program in Washington, D.C. Since our founding, we’ve helped more than 60,000 young people translate their college majors into career paths. We use our scale and expertise to customize each student’s experience to be truly transformative.

Contact: Carmenchu Mendiola

About The Blacks In Technology Foundation
Blacks In Technology is the largest global community of Black technologists with a combined membership and social media reach of over 50,000. The Blacks In Technology (BIT) Foundation’s goal and mission is to “stomp the divide” between Black tech workers and to fundamentally influence and effect change on the tech industry.

Contact: Dennis Schultz

US State Dept Call for Applications: Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship

US State Dept Call for Applications: Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship

It’s a proven fact that a diverse workforce brings innovation and creativity to the workplace, encourages fresh perspectives that inspire new ideas, and sparks positive change. The Department of State recognizes the value of diversity and has set as one of its core goals a more diverse diplomatic corps, one that is able to represent the best of the United States to nations around the world.

With a growing need for talented and creative technology staff, and the fast-changing field of information technology, the State Department sees the importance of diversifying this area of the workforce.

To assist in this effort, in 2016 the State Department launched the Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship, a program that aims to attract underrepresented populations in the technology field interested in Foreign Service careers.

Based on the fundamental principle that diversity is a strength in our diplomatic efforts, the program values varied backgrounds, including ethnic, gender, racial, social, and geographic diversity.  Women and those with financial need are encouraged to apply.

The program provides up to $37,500 annually for two years of either bachelor’s or master’s degree tuition, books, and other academic expenses.  Additionally, travel and lodging expenses are covered for finalists who are selected to come to Washington, D.C. for the in-person interviews.

The State Department also provides stipends, housing, and travel for two summer internship experiences – one in Washington, D.C. at the Department of State, and one at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad.  After completing the two-year program and meeting Department of State requirements, fellows enter the Foreign Service as Information Management Specialists and have the unique opportunity to apply their technology skills to support U.S. diplomacy abroad, experience different cultures, and promote positive change in the world.

Applications for the 2021 cohort are being accepted September 8, 2020 – February 1, 2021.  You can view the eligibility requirements on the website here.

The Fellows from the first three cohorts (from 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020) all agree that this program is an “opportunity of a lifetime.”

Prepare Now to Apply

The application deadline is February 1, 2021, but you should start preparing your application documents early to submit the most competitive application possible for this prestigious fellowship program. Learn what application documents are needed and get helpful tips in articles in the Diplomatic Roots blog on the FAIT Fellowship website. 

Virtual Information Session

Wednesday, November 18 2020 at 5:00 pm (EST)
Register: https://app.livestorm.co/the-washington-center/foreign-affairs-it-fellowship-bit-foundation-virtual-info-session

Contact Us with Questions

We’d love to talk with you and answer your questions. Send us an email at faitfellowship@twc.edu and let us know your contact info and the best time to reach you.

Learn more at FAITFellowship.org