About VIP

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On November 9, 2009, Executive Order 13518, Employment of Veterans in the Federal Government, established the Veterans Employment Initiative. The Initiative is a strategic approach to helping the men and women who have served our country in the military find employment in the Federal Government. In support of this initiative and in recognition of a veteran’s natural potential as a source of talent for diplomacy and development, the U.S. Department of State launched the Veterans Innovation Partnership (VIP), a yearlong professional fellowship program aimed at serving America’s veterans and preparing them for diplomacy and development careers, by providing education and employment resources and expertise to enhance America’s global leadership.

VIP Fellows pose at the C-Street Entrance to the State Department on January 12, 2017.

COHORT 2016-2017

About the Program

VIP began in 2014 as a public-private platform initiated to help build and deploy partnerships between the U.S. Government and U.S. Private sector to mobilize and build networks to promote foreign affairs career opportunities for veterans. Since the launch of VIP, the U.S. Department of State has taken ownership of the program and provides funding for each fellowship position directly. Program management continues to focus on partnership building to provide the following elements of engagement to support veterans’ transition to diplomacy and development careers:

  • Education: Assist with educational opportunities to study international relations;
  • Fellowship: Establish fellowship opportunities at U.S government foreign affairs agencies;
  • Employment: Facilitate international public and private employment opportunities.

Eligibility Requirements

VIP Fellowships are open to U.S. Armed Forces Veterans and Transitioning U.S. Military who have completed a Master’s degree or higher in the preferred fields of International Business, International Relations/Affairs, Public Policy, Public Administration, or a related field. Eligible veterans must apply within two years of graduate degree completion, except for those precluded from doing so due to their U.S. Military service obligation, who will have up to six years after degree completion to apply. U.S. Armed Forces Reservists and National Guard Members are eligible, provided they have completed a minimum of two years of time in service. Successful applicants are placed in a dynamic developmental program.

Please see FAQ for full eligibility details.

*All positions will be in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The expected duration of the Fellowship will be one year. This program is not designed to lead to permanent federal employment and does not convey preference in seeking such employment. Nor does it convey the ability to convert non-competitively to a competitive service Federal position.