Washington (October 30, 2023) — The Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, the first university partner of the William D. Clarke, Sr. Diplomatic Security (Clarke DS) Fellowship, will provide scholarships for Clarke DS Fellows enrolling in its eligible master’s degree programs.

Each year, Heinz College will provide Clarke DS Fellows with scholarship support that, combined with the Clarke DS Fellowship funding, will cover 100 percent of Heinz College tuition.

“We are proud to partner with the Clarke DS Fellowship,” said David Eber, the Executive Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at Heinz College. “The Fellows’ unique experiences and backgrounds will enrich our student body, and we are proud to help educate the next generation of diplomatic security leaders in the Foreign Service.”

Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the Clarke DS Fellowship is a two-year graduate fellowship program designed for individuals who want to pursue a master’s degree and a career as a Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Special Agent in the Foreign Service. DSS Special Agents are sworn federal law enforcement officers.

“The generous scholarship provided by Heinz College supports the Clarke DS Fellowship’s diversity goals as it opens the opportunity for fellows to enroll in an eligible master’s degree program they otherwise may not have been able to afford,” said Shannan Spisak, Executive Director of Federal Initiatives for The Washington Center, which administers the Clarke DS Fellowship. “We’re very excited that Heinz College is the Clarke DS Fellowship’s first financial partner.”

The Clarke DS Fellowship is a high-profile State Department diversity recruitment program that aims to attract qualified candidates to the DSS who represent ethnic, racial, gender, social and geographic diversity. Women, members of minority groups underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and those with financial need are encouraged to apply.

Clarke DS Fellows are eligible to enroll in the following master’s degree programs offered by Heinz College:

  • Master of Science in Information Security Policy and Management (MSISPM)
  • Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM)
  • Master of Science in Public Policy and Management – Data Analytics Pathway (MSPPM-DA)
  • Master of Science in Public Policy and Management – Washington, DC Pathway (MSPPM-D.C.)

Click here to download a PDF flyer with information on the Heinz College partnership agreement.


About The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars

The Washington Center is the largest and most established student internship program in Washington, D.C. Since our founding, we’ve helped more than 60,000 young people translate their college majors into career paths. We use our scale and expertise to customize each student’s experience to be truly transformative. TWC partners with the U.S. Department of State to administer and promote the Clarke DS Fellowship.

About the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University

The Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy is home to two internationally recognized graduate-level institutions at Carnegie Mellon University: the School of Information Systems and Management and the School of Public Policy and Management. This unique colocation combined with its expertise in analytics set Heinz College apart in the areas of cybersecurity, health care, the future of work, smart cities, and arts & entertainment. In 2016, INFORMS named Heinz College the #1 academic program for Analytics Education. For more information, please visit www.heinz.cmu.edu.