The Personal Statement is a key part of your application that will be scored for the William D. Clarke, Sr. Diplomatic Security Fellowship. Here’s your chance to shine. What motivates you to pursue a career in public service? Using your personal, professional and academic experiences, describe your potential to serve as a Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Special Agent in the Foreign Service.

Think of this as a personal narrative in which you have 750 words to tell a story that:

  • Expresses your motivation for pursuing a career in public service
  • Describes the impact of your experiences and why they were important
  • Illustrates your potential to serve as a DSS Special Agent in the Foreign Service
  • Reflects how your skills, abilities and personal qualities align with the Foreign Service Dimensions

Be sure that your personal statement is well-written, uses proper English and provides a clear statement of your goals, interests, and background.  This must be your own work, without assistance from AI or ChatGPT. And don’t forget to proofread your statement before you submit.