Get up to $37,500 Tuition Assistance for U.S. Undergraduate and Graduate Students in IT-related Fields in the U.S. Foreign Affairs Information Technology (FAIT) Fellowship 2021

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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.

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. 

Application Deadline: February 1, 2021.

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Benefits

Successful candidates will enjoy the following benefits:

  • Annual financial aid up to $37,500 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.
    • 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.

Eligibility

Applicants must fulfil the following eligibility criteria to be considered for the FAIT Fellowship 2021 cohort:

  • 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 2021, 

OR seeking admission in an IT-related master’s degree program at a U.S.-based accredited institution, beginning in the fall of 2021.

Requirements/Specifications 

  • Minority groups historically underrepresented in the State Department are encouraged to apply.

Includes but is not limited to racial, ethnic, geographic, and gender minorities, as well as those with financial need.

  • The academic funding supports junior and senior years of undergraduate studies, or two-year master’s degree program, in an IT-related field.

Additionally, the fellowship provides two valuable internship experiences (one in Washington, D.C. and one abroad), professional development, and personalized mentoring.

  • After successfully completing the program and passing the U.S. Department of State’s requirements, a career with an appointment in the Foreign Service as an Information Management Specialist with a minimum five-year commitment will be launched.

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Application Instructions

To apply,

  • Click here for information on the Department of State clearance processes.
  • Your application must include the following Application Documents   
  • Your application must include:
    • Proof of U.S. citizenship: U.S. passport, birth certificate or naturalization papers
    • Transcript: An unofficial copy for all schools attended
    • GRE/GMAT SCORES (for graduate students): To be submitted only if they are required to apply for intended graduate program(s).
    • A personal statement: Explain why you want to pursue a career in the Foreign Service (750 words max.) -Highlight your 
      • motivations, 
      • background, 
      • experiences and skills that will help you succeed.

Click here to read the article Tips for Writing an Impactful Personal Statement  

  • RESUMÉ: Maximum two-page resume that highlights your leadership skills 
  • Most recent financial aid Award letter: If you received financial aid during the most recent academic year, submit a Financial Aid Letter listing grants or loans.
  • Most recent Student Aid Report (SAR): If you received financial aid during the most recent academic year, you are required to submit your SAR form.

If you did not receive financial aid during the most recent academic year, you must complete the FAFSA to generate an SAR.

  • Statement of Financial Need: Address any financial hardship or impactful adversity you may have experienced that affects your overall financial standing. 
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Click here to apply.

About the U.S. Foreign Affairs Information Technology (FAIT) Fellowship

The Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship, funded by the United States Department of State, provides undergraduate and graduate students in IT-related fields with tuition assistance.

The fellowship also provides mentorship and professional development, to help students in the program 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. 

The two-year FAIT Fellowship program is a cohort model.

A U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Specialist (IMS) helps support and maintain hundreds of applications and provide IT services domestically and abroad at over 275 overseas posts in nearly 200 countries.

He/she will maintain secure, reliable IT tools and resources ensuring that the State Department, other federal agencies, non-government partners, and Americans overseas can effectively communicate.

Experiences that few other IT professions offer, including the reward of living in a foreign country while experiencing different cultures and helping to protect U.S. interests abroad,will be gained.

Foreign Service Information Management Specialists have access to training and career development programs; health and medical coverage; federal retirement benefits and generous paid leave. 

Overseas benefits include paid housing or a housing allowance, and paid education for dependent children in K-12.

Key Dates and Order of Program

All applications should be submitted by February 1st, 2021.

Notifications of finalist selections will be sent via email from March 15 to 19, 2021.

Finalists will participate in the virtual interview process from March 29th to 31st, 2021.

Notifications of final FAIT Fellow selections will be sent via email by April 1st, 2021.

Orientation will take place by June 2021.

Junior year of undergrad OR first year of graduate school will commence by September 2021.

Junior  year of undergrad OR first year of graduate school will be concluded by May 2022.

Domestic Internship (10 weeks), Professional Development Series will take place fromJune to August 2022.

Senior year of undergrad OR second/final year of graduate school will start by September 2022.

Graduation  with an undergraduate degree or master’s degree will take place by May 2023.

Overseas internship will last for 10 weeks between June to August 2023.

FAIT Fellows will enter Foreign Service as Information Management Specialists by September 2023.

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