Applying for the Clarke DS Fellowship: Benefits, Eligibility, Selection Process and Career


This webinar was recorded on March 7, 2024. Click the Watch On Demand button and sign up for immediate access.

Are you interested in academic funding for a two-year master’s degree and a career in the Foreign Service as a Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Special Agent?

Join us for this one-hour webinar to hear about the William D. Clarke, Sr. Diplomatic Security Fellowship, a two-year graduate fellowship program funded by the U.S. Department of State. This unique fellowship program provides up to $84,000 in academic funding over two years, summer practicums with stipend support, professional development, and mentorship. After successfully completing the fellowship and Foreign Service entry requirements, fellows receive an appointment as a Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Special Agent in the Foreign Service. DSS Special Agents are sworn federal law enforcement officers responsible for the security of U.S. personnel, property, and sensitive information around the world.

You’ll hear:

  • An overview of the Clarke DS Fellowship program and the role of DSS Special Agent in the Foreign Service
  • How the Clarke DS Fellowship program is aligned with the State Department’s goals to attract talent that reflects the diversity of the United States
  • Eligibility requirements and benefits including exceptions for preference-eligible Veterans
  • Timeline of the fellowship program
  • Requirements of selected finalists
  • Your obligations as a Clarke DS Fellow and as a DSS Special Agent
  • And much more!
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