Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (WWNFF)

Program Summary

The Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program (GFAF) is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (WWNFF). The program's goal is to attract outstanding students who represent all ethnic and social backgrounds, and who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The program develops a source of trained men and women, from academic disciplines representing the skill needs of the Department, who are dedicated to representing America's interests abroad.

Program Components

* Mentoring - Guidance from a Foreign Service Officer is provided during the graduate degree program.
* Testing - Fellows must meet Department of State entry requirements for Foreign Service Officers.
* Contractual Agreement - Each successful candidate is obligated to a minimum of three years of service in an appointment as a Foreign Service Officer.

Candidates who do not successfully complete the Program and Foreign Service entry requirements may be subject to a reimbursement obligation to the Department of State.

Candidates should demonstrate academic strength in their coursework and participation in activities that highlight leadership potential and involvement in their communities.

Targeted Fields: Students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy are encouraged to apply.


Applicants must:

* Be United States citizens
* Candidates must be seeking admission to graduate school for the following academic year. (U.S. graduate institutions only).
* Have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale

Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.


Tuition, living stipend (based on the institution's room and board rate), mandatory fees, reimbursement for books an done round-trip travel between home and school are paid during the first year and second year of graduate study.


February 28, 2005 - Application Form and Supporting Documents must be received by this date.

Application Procedures

The following application materials must be returned by YOU in one packet:

* Application Form (use only this official form - photocopies accepted)
* Personal Statement (maximum two typed, double-spaced pages; 11-point type font or larger; one-inch margins on all sides. NO EXCEPTIONS.)
* Employment Data Form
* GRE Form
* Certification of Citizenship: notarized statement of authenticity and copy of: 1) birth certificate, 2) certificate of United States citizenship, or 3) United States passport

The following application materials must be returned by the appropriate institutions or individuals:

* Two letters of recommendation. See Instruction Sheet.
* Official Academic Transcript(s): form all undergraduate institutions attended, including school awarding the bachelor's degree.
* Official Financial Aid Statement for your senior year of college.

If you received Pell Grants, please attach copies of the award documents. If you did not receive financial aid, please state reason on a separate sheet of paper.

Please submit all materials to

Dr. Richard O. Hope
Director, Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program T
he Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
P.O. Box 2437
Princeton, NJ 08543-2437


Students are encouraged to contact the GFAF Administrator, Sylvia Sheridan, at (609) 452-7007 or or visit 1252 Murphy Hall.

Published: Tuesday, November 30, 2004