The US Department of State is accepting applications for the Foreign Affairs Information Technology (FACT) Scholarship Program until January 31, 2022. The two-year scholarship program based on need and merit, Administered in cooperation with the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC), is aimed at talented and diverse students in a computer-related post-secondary education program, including accredited online degree programs.
The FELLOWSHIP is part of the State Department’s continuing efforts to diversify the ranks of information management specialists serving in the United States Foreign Service. The FACT program encourages applications from populations traditionally under-represented in the Foreign Service and who reflect the diversity of the United States, as well as those in financial need. Undergraduates entering their first year or graduate students entering a two-year master’s program in an IT-related field are eligible to apply for this opportunity.
Students selected for the FAIT scholarship program will receive academic support of up to $ 37,500 per year for tuition, accommodation and food, books, compulsory fees, and some travel expenses for the two-year program. They will also receive stipends, accommodation and travel allowances for two internship experiences, one in Washington, DC at the State Department and the other in a United States embassy or consulate abroad. Upon successful completion of the State Department scholarship program and entry requirements, scholarship recipients will be assigned an appointment in the Foreign Service as an information management specialist.
Up to 15 student applicants are chosen each year through a competitive selection process, with special attention given to those in financial need. Students in the 2022 application cycle must meet all of the following conditions:
- Be a US citizen at the time of application;
- Be enrolled in an undergraduate computer science program and enter first year in fall 2022 OR enter a master’s degree program in computer science from fall 2022;
- Hold a minimum of 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale at the time of application and maintain this GPA throughout participation in the program; and
- Be able to pass and retain medical, aptitude and history certification requirements.