Foreign Affairs Fellowship in IT Applications Now Open!

We’re pleased to announce the opening of the 2022 application cycle for the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship program.

Applications are being accepted starting September 8, 2021 through January 31, 2022.

Funded by the State Department, this two-year prestigious 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 (up to $75,000 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.

Designed to attract the best tech talent to the Foreign Service that reflects the diversity of the United States, the FAIT Fellowship program values varied backgrounds, including ethnic, racial, gender, and geographic diversity. Members of minority groups underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and individuals with financial need are encouraged to apply.

To apply for this cohort, students must be enrolled in an IT-related degree program and starting their junior year in fall 2022, or, planning on entering a two-year master’s degree program in an IT-related field of study in fall 2022, at a U.S.-based accredited institution (in-person and online programs).

View all of the eligibility requirements on the website.

Benefits of the FAIT Fellowship

FAIT Fellows 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 as a Foreign Service Information Management Specialist (IMS) upon successful completion of the program and the State Department’s requirements..

Share Info with Your Students

We have many resources to help promote the FAIT Fellowship your students.

Virtual Info Session: We offer repeating virtual info sessions, which offer an overview of the program and plenty of time for students to ask their questions.

Faculty and Career Center page: This webpage offers downloadable resources and other help info for faculty and staff.

Diplomatic Roots blog: Also on the FAIT Fellowship website, the blog provides many helpful articles about applying, what it’s like working for the Foreign Service, and more.

Videos: We have a variety of video interviews with Foreign Service Specialists and with FAIT Fellows.

Also, be sure to follow our social media accounts so that you can share our posts:

Best regards,

FAIT Fellowship Team


By CJ Sanchez (He/Him)
CJ Sanchez (He/Him) Career Coach