Physical Readiness Test (PRT) Requirement for Clarke DS Fellow Finalists

Before you apply for the Clarke DS Fellowship, be sure to read the information about the Physical Readiness Test (PRT). You will be required to pass the PRT if you are selected as a finalist for this fellowship program. Only finalists who pass the PRT test can be considered to advance in the selection process.

Because Clarke DS Fellows must be prepared to enter the Foreign Service as DSS Special Agents at the end of their fellowship program, physical readiness is crucial. DSS Special Agents must perform duties in the field that are physically and mentally demanding. They must be willing and able to meet these physical demands in high-stress, high threat environments. Clarke DS Fellow finalists must be fit for strenuous physical exertion and pass a Diplomatic Security Service proctored physical readiness test. Once you become a fellow, you will be required to maintain the physical fitness standards so you can pass the PRT prior to onboarding as a DSS Special Agent at the end of your fellowship. The PRT is the same test that is given to active-duty special agents.

Please note that the PRT standards may change in the future, and you will be required to pass the PRT that is current at the time that you are tested.

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