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U.S. Dept. of State Diplomacy Fellows Program

The Diplomacy Fellows Program (DFP) is designed to advance eligible candidates to the Foreign Service Oral Assessment for the competitive selection of entry level Foreign Service Officer Candidates.

The U.S. Department of State's 2011 Diplomacy Fellows Program will open on Wednesday, August 10. The online application link will be available on August 10th when the vacancy announcement is posted. The deadline to submit completed applications is 11:59 pm Eastern Time on September 26, 2011. Any applications received after that date will be disqualified.

Diplomacy Fellows Qualifications/Eligibility

- General Qualifications for the DFP Program:
•You must be a U.S. citizen
•You must be at least 20 and not more than 59 at the time of application
•You must be available for worldwide assignment
•You may not have been separated from the Foreign Service under certain sections of the Foreign Service Act
•You must have participated in one of the 9 eligible Fellowship programs listed below in the section titled Eligible Candidates, and you must have successfully completed all program requirements within 5 years of the vacancy announcement closing date. For example: January 1, 2005 - July 31, 2010 are the dates used to determine eligibility for this year's program.

UPDATE: Please note the following recent change in the 2010 Diplomacy Fellows Program eligibility requirements as they relate to the completion of academic requirements: Additionally, you must have completed all academic requirements, and received your advanced degree, prior to July 31, 2010. You are still eligible to apply to the 2010 DFP, provided you meet all other requirements, even though you completed your academic requirements prior to January 2005.

Eligible Candidates

•American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Diplomacy Fellows
•Boren Graduate Fellowship Fellows (National Security Education Program) (Note: This is the only Boren/NSEP program currently eligible for the DFP.)
•Fascell Fellows
•Institute for International Public Policy Fellows (IIPP)
•Pickering Fellows (Pickering undergraduate fellows are not eligible until they have completed all program requirements at the graduate level.)
•Presidential Management Fellows, who have fulfilled their program obligations prior to registration through service at the Department of State or the Agency for International Development.
•Truman Scholars
•Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholars
•Rangel Fellows

Visit the Diplomacy Fellows Page at http://careers.state.gov/grad-postgrad#dfp for more information, eligibility and to subscribe to receive email updates.