William D. Clarke, Sr. Diplomatic Security Fellowship Program Now Open

The U.S. Department of State is accepting applications for the new William D. Clarke, Sr. Diplomatic Security (Clarke DS) fellowship program now through November 30, 2022. Administered in partnership with the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC), the 2023 scholarship program is designed for talented students pursuing a master’s degree and a career as a Diplomatic Security Service Special Agent in the Foreign Service.

The Clarke DS Fellowship is part of the State Department’s ongoing effort to attract highly talented and qualified Diplomatic Security Service candidates. The scholarship encourages applications from all walks of life, including populations traditionally underrepresented in the Foreign Service, reflecting the diversity of the United States, as well as individuals with financial needs. Students who are starting a two-year master’s degree can apply.

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Students selected for the Clarke DS Fellowship program will receive academic assistance of up to $42,000 annually covering tuition, room and board, books, mandatory fees, and some travel expenses for the two-year program. They will also receive scholarships, housing and travel allowances for two internships, one in Washington, DC at the State Department and one at a US embassy or consulate abroad. Upon successful completion of the fellowship program and Department of State eligibility requirements, fellows will receive a Foreign Service appointment as DSS Special Agents and will be required to fulfill a 5-year service contract as a DSS Special Agent.

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Up to 8 applicants are selected annually in a competitive selection process with special consideration for those in need. Students for the 2023 application cycle must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Be a US citizen.
  • Be at least 19 years old and not older than 33 years (excluding eligible veterans). 22 U.S.C. § 4823.
  • Seek admission to a two-year, full-time master’s program at a US-based accredited institution.
  • Maintain at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale at the time of application and maintain that GPA throughout the program.
  • Be able to pass the Physical Readiness Test (PRT) if selected as a finalist for the scholarship.
  • Possess or acquire a valid driver’s license if selected as a scholarship finalist.
  • Be able to pass and maintain medical, fitness and security clearance requirements.
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For more information on this opportunity, visit: ClarkeDSFellowship.org.

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