Application Process

To apply to be a part of the next VIP Fellowship class, please prepare the following information for submission at www.USAJobs.gov during the next recruitment of applications, expected to open for submission in spring of 2018:

  • A current resume. Use your resume to highlight your education, expertise, achievements and honors, extracurricular activities/community service, language skills, and any leadership experience. The resume should not exceed two pages.
  • A cover letter not to exceed 450 words. In your cover letter, please include your areas of focus (i.e. economics, regional affairs, technology) and indicate your job position preference – Foreign Affairs Officer and/or Program Analyst.
  • Declaration of Graduate Degree Grade Point Average (GPA). An official transcript verification may be required at a later time. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited towards qualifications. If you are scheduled to finish a Master’s Degree by the projected start date, but have not yet graduated the program, provide a Certified Letter of your current GPA with important dates (i.e., date of course completion and graduation), signed by a senior official or formal registrar in student records.
  • Any educational transcripts. It is recommended to include any available transcripts from your current and/or past educational degrees. Please merge all documents into one for uploading, and use a descending order, which allows for the highest education to be seen first. All transcripts should be in English or English translation.
  • A DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from the United States Armed Forces. This program is for U.S. Veterans and Transitioning Military only, therefore this document must be included (and/or a DD-215, if applicable). If you do not yet have a DD-214, but are scheduled for discharge by the projected program start date, please provide a Certified Letter with a Statement of Credible Service including important dates (i.e., scheduled end date of service).
  • If applicable, education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.
  • If applicable, your Veterans Affairs (VA) Service Connected Disability Rating Letter. This alerts the U.S. Department of State that the VA has declared you eligible for veterans compensation and benefits, to include Veterans Employment Preference at a Federal institution, such as Noncompetitive Eligibility (NCE) and Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA).
  • If applicable, your United States Armed Forces Reserves or National Guard official member documentation (i.e., Verification of Military Status). Active reservists and guard members are eligible to apply provided they have two years of time in service. Please note that all fellows will be located in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area and do not receive Military Leave (ML) as stipulated in the program’s Civil Service (CS) Temporary Excepted Appointment hiring authority, however acquired Annual Leave (AL) may be used for required military duty days, weekend drills and necessary travel time. This is subject to change as we investigate more options.

*We will be unable to process your application without all of the above information. Take a moment to revisit the list of qualifications here, before sending your application for submission.*

VIP will be accepting application submissions during specific times of the year only. The next recruitment of applicants will be for cohort 2018-2019. The associated job announcement links will be posted in spring, 2018. This is subject to change dependent upon formal U.S. government guidance.

For additional questions, please first check the FAQ and if you still have an inquiry, call 1-866-300-7419 or email VIPFellowship@state.gov. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for news and updates.