Fellowship: US Foreign Affairs

12.16.16 – Civil Service Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program
US: Worldwide positions

Sarah P’s comments: This is a posting for US citizens. The Foreign Affairs department includes The Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) whose goal is ‘to connect people with policy through dialogue that is relatable and understandable’ and who administers the American Spaces, the information resource centers attached to embassies. While an MLIS is an advantage, it is not strictly necessary in order to apply as long as you can prove relevant experience. Click here for more info. For more information about working as a librarian for the US Government please read Chapter 6 of my book.

The Civil Service Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program was designed to bring talent into the Department’s foreign affairs ranks. The fellowship is open to individuals whose educational background meets the basic requirement for the Foreign Affairs occupation.

The Department of State uses diplomacy to foster a global environment that encourages international collaboration and cooperation. Civil Service Foreign Affairs positions play a key role in the Department’s diplomacy efforts, performing critical functions, such as work related to foreign policy development and monitoring international agreements. The Civil Service Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program was designed to bring fresh talent into the Department’s foreign affairs ranks. The Fellowship is open to individuals whose educational background meets the basic requirement for the Foreign Affairs occupation at the time of application. During the application window, the Department will provide detailed information regarding the submission process. Many positions are available.

The Department will begin receiving applications from February 6 – 13, 2017.

Fellowship Duration   Fellows will be hired initially for a two-year period, which may be extended for up to an additional two years at the discretion of the hiring bureau.


  • Eligible for health and life insurance coverage; and
  • Eligible to earn annual and sick leave.
Compensation Depending on candidates’ educational background, the starting salary may be one of the following: $43,684 (GS-07), $53,435 (GS-09), or $64,650 (GS-11).

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Meet the educational requirements for one of the STEM or Foreign Affairs disciplines.
  • Be able to successfully obtain and maintain the required level of security clearance for the position.
  • Be able to pass random drug testing.
  • Be found suitable for employment (as described in Title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 731).

Application Requirements – to be considered for the Fellowship Program, applicants must submit the following information to the appropriate email address for each position type as listed in the programs above:

  • Resume;
  • Copy of transcripts;
  • Veterans’ preference documentation, if applicable (e.g., DD-214)
  • A concise statement (one to two pages) explaining their interest in the Fellowship and articulating the attributes he/she will bring to the Program.

How to Apply

Step 1: Identify the type of position that you are interested in.

Step 2: Click on the name of the bureau for which you want to work. A new window will appear with the bureau’s email address. NOTE: You will not be able to click on the bureau names until the first day of the application window.
Step 3: Send your application materials to the bureau’s email address.  The application materials are found in the “Application Requirements” section.  All applications must be received by February 13, 2017 for the Foreign Affairs Fellowship.

How You Will Be Evaluated

Once all application packages have been received, they will be reviewed to determine whether all required documents were submitted. Resumes will be reviewed, and, if the basic qualification requirements are met, will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. Qualified candidates with Veteran’s Preference will be considered before non-preference candidates, in accordance with Chapter 5 Code of Regulations, Part 302.

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