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Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowships

The Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowships provide funding for students interning over the summer in the U.S. Embassies in London or Paris, or the Secretary of State’s Office in Washington, D.C. The College of William and Mary established the Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowships in 2000 to inspire the best of a new generation to pursue careers in public service. The Awards are offered annually to three outstanding undergraduates from across the nation, chosen from students serving in a summer professional position with the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC, and the U.S. Embassies in London and Paris. The three fellowship posts pay tribute to chapters of the Ambassador's life: The U.S. Embassy in London, in the country of her birth; The U.S. Embassy in Paris, where she served as Ambassador to France; The Office of the Secretary of State in Washington D.C., in the country she served with great distinction. The Harriman Fellowship Program is nationally competitive and highly selective, offering a $5,000 stipend for travel and living expenses. Fellowships are open to eligible juniors and seniors throughout the United States.

Eligibility

Are enrolled as sophomores continuing on to their junior year, juniors continuing on to their senior year, or seniors continuing on directly to graduate studies.

Term

A summer professional position with the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC, and the U.S. Embassies in London and Paris.

Support

A $5,000 stipend for travel and living expenses.

Application Process

Students must first apply for a summer internship with the State Department by the November application deadline. Upon submission, the Department of State makes an evaluation on the basis of the application, statement of interest, transcripts, foreign language ability when applicable, and completed academic studies relevant to the type of work each applicant hopes to perform. The Department of State forwards the list of qualifying candidates to William & Mary. The College collaborates with the Harriman Fellowship Advisory Committee to review the pool of candidates. Approximately nine finalists are interviewed by the selection committee in Washington, DC, and notified of the committee's decision within twenty-four hours. Once security clearances are in place, the Harriman Fellows then commence their eleven weeks of service.

Learn More

The Fellowships are open to students who: Are chosen by the Department of State for internships in the U.S. Embassies in London and Paris, or select offices in Washington, DC Are U.S. Citizens Are enrolled as sophomores continuing on to their junior year, juniors continuing on to their senior year, or seniors continuing on directly to graduate studies Show evidence of substantial scholarly research and/or creative projects Show evidence of leadership, public service, and commitment to community Demonstrate an excellent academic record. Obtain an institutional endorsement from candidate's college/university. Strong, detailed letters of recommendation: two total, at least one of which are from faculty who have taught the student.