2024 W.D Clark Fully Funded Fellowship
William D. Clark fellowship is a fully funded fellowship program for individuals seeking a career fulfilment, interested participants are invited to sending their application. The William D. Clarke, Sr. Diplomatic Security (Clarke DS) Fellowship is a path to an exciting and fulfilling career in the Foreign Service as a Diplomatic Security Service Special Agent. The program is a two-year graduate fellowship designed for individuals who want to pursue a master’s degree and a career as a Diplomatic Security Service Special Agent in the Foreign Service.
As one of several high-profile State Department recruitment programs, the Clarke DS Fellowship aims to attract qualified candidates to the Diplomatic Security Service who represent ethnic, racial, gender, social, and geographic diversity.
The fellowship provides academic funding, two summer practicums with stipend support, personalized mentoring, and professional development opportunities. Upon successful completion of the fellowship program and the Foreign Service entry requirements, Fellows receive an appointment as a Foreign Service Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Special Agent.
The program includes W.D Clark Fully Funded Fellowship:
Financial assistance for a two-year graduate program
Two summer practicums – one domestic and one abroad
Mentoring and other professional development opportunities
Three-year Foreign Service Commitment
If you are interested in pursuing a master’s degree and an exciting career at the forefront of law enforcement and international affairs, this is an opportunity of a lifetime to serve your country and make a real difference. Visit clarkedsfellowship.org to learn more about the program.
Eligibility Requirements to Apply for the Clarke DS Fellowship
The Clarke DS Fellowship is designed as a two-year cohort model. Applications for the 2024 cohort are being accepted until to October 1, 2023
Fellows selected for the 2024 cohort will begin their two-year fellowship in fall 2024 (and entering the first semester of a master’s degree program) and will complete the fellowship in summer 2026.
To be eligible to apply for the 2024 cohort, you must meet all the criteria below:
Be a U.S. citizen.
Be at least 19 years old and no older than 32 years old (except for preference-eligible veterans).
Be planning to begin a two-year full-time master’s degree program starting in fall 2024 at a U.S.-based accredited institution.
Be on a timeline to graduate with your master’s degree after attending four full-time (fall and spring) semesters during your two years of the fellowship.
Hold a minimum cumulative 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale (from college/university-level courses) at the time of application and maintain this GPA throughout the program.
Pass the Physical Readiness Test (PRT) if selected as a finalist for the fellowship.
Have a valid U.S. driver’s license if selected as a finalist for the fellowship.
As a Clarke DS Fellow, you must:
Meet a minimum medical qualification standard, including supplemental physical qualification standards specific to Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Special Agents; receive and maintain a Top Secret security clearance with eligibility for Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI); pass a Physical Readiness Test (PRT), and pass a Suitability Review.
Maintain physical fitness standards to ensure you can pass the final PRT prior to onboarding as a DSS Special Agent.
Agree to a three-year commitment with the Foreign Service as a DSS Special Agent upon successful completion of the program and the State Department’s requirements.
Fulfill the two summer practicum obligations (the first one in the summer after selection, the second one in the summer after your first year of graduate school).
Maintain your status as a full-time student (fall and spring semesters) in your approved degree program.
Maintain a minimum 3.2 GPA and stay on the two-year timeline to graduate with your degree.
Be prepared to enter the Foreign Service as a DSS Special Agent immediately after successful completion of the fellowship program and Foreign Service entry requirements.
Are required to successfully pass a rigorous training program, including firearms training.
Are required to carry a firearm and use it if necessary.
Are required to take and pass specialized driving training.
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