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The Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship
The Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship is a new U.S. Department of State fellowship for US-citizen and undergraduate/graduate students studying a field related to Information Technology and have an interest in diplomacy and the Foreign Service. Administered by The Washington Center, this program seeks to diversify Information Management Specialists (IMS) with traditionally underrepresented minority groups. Fellows who complete the program and meet Foreign Service entry requirements receive an appointment as a Foreign Service IMS upon graduation.
Fellows receive financial assistance 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). They also receive stipends, housing, and travel allowances for two summer internship experiences (one domestically in Washington, DC and the other at an embassy overseas). The application for the third cohort is now open and will be due on February 15, 2019.
For more information on the fellowship, please click here.
Alumni Experience Spotlight
Name: Sulaiman Toghral Program: Ethics Peace & Global Affairs with a concentration in Diplomacy School: American University, School of International Service
Originally from Kabul, Afghanistan, Sulaiman Toghral graduated from George Mason University with a BA in Government and International Politics in 2014. As an undergraduate, he interned multiple times with various different offices at the State Department and at the U.S. Consulate General in Durban, South Africa. He is currently a Rangel Fellow and second-year student pursuing a master’s degree in Philosophy and Diplomacy. He intends to develop the skills needed to serve the public good. He desires to set a positive example for those in his own community as well as those around the world. Sulaiman speaks Dari and basic Arabic. After graduating, Sulaiman is looking forward to joining the State Department's Foreign Service.
Member School Highlight
American University’s School of International Service (SIS) is a top-10 school of international affairs located in Washington, D.C. Since its founding in 1957, SIS has answered President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s call to prepare students of international affairs to “wage peace.” It does so because they believe the world needs leaders ready to serve.
The world-renowned faculty impart their experience, knowledge, and skills to more than 3,000 graduate and undergraduate students annually and prepare students for global careers in government, nonprofits, and business around the world.
SIS students come with wide-ranging backgrounds and experience. They take advantage of Washington, DC’s wealth of resources and professional opportunities and gain access to the active international network of more than 20,000 alumni. As emerging leaders, SIS students graduate prepared to combine knowledge and practice and to serve the global community, wage, peace, and build understanding in our world.
SIS features a comprehensive liberal arts program for undergraduates, professional education in international affairs for master’s students, and a multidisciplinary program for doctoral students. They offer a range of academic options to meet students’ needs and interests: dual degrees, graduate certificates, online programs, executive degrees, and extensive study-abroad opportunities.
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