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The Meridian-Cox Foreign Service Fellowship 2024 for Emerging Leaders 

Application Deadline: March 20, 2024 at 11:59 PM ET

The Meridian-Cox Foreign Service Fellowship for Emerging Leaders is a fully-paid enrichment and training program seeking to expand awareness and access to Foreign Service careers to students from underrepresented communities across the United States. A partnership among Meridian International Center, the Una Chapman Cox Foundation, and Community Colleges for International Development, the Foreign Service Fellowship provides undergraduate students with insight into American diplomacy while underscoring educational, internship, and career paths within the U.S. Foreign Service.

The program will spotlight the vital work of Foreign Service Officers, while also teaching the critical soft skills necessary to succeed in a diplomatic career. Fellows will enhance their understanding of diplomacy and international affairs through site visits while developing their career development skills through workshops and networking opportunities.

The Fellowship draws upon the Cox Foundation’s commitment to strengthen the U.S. Foreign Service, advances CCID’s work building pathways to global careers at community colleges, and leverages Meridian’s experience developing leadership and diplomatic training for emerging leaders around the world.

The Meridian-Cox Foreign Service Fellowship for Emerging Leaders will take place in Washington, DC, from Sunday, June 23 to Saturday, June 29, 2024. Activities will include a full-day visit to the U.S. Department of State, an interactive two-day diplomatic skills training course, a diplomacy simulation, panel discussions with representatives from the broader U.S. Foreign Service apparatus, and site visits. A tour of Washington monuments and cultural activities will also be included. The fellowship will also include at least one virtual workshop prior to and following the Washington program.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Participants must be U.S. citizens currently enrolled in an accredited college or university (this includes both 2- and 4-year institutions).
  • Individuals from underrepresented groups, such as first-generation and low-income, and overlooked regions of the country will be prioritized. 
  • Applicants should be on track to receive a Bachelor’s degree by May 2025 or May 2026 (current so


  • This is a fully-paid program. Fellows will be provided with a stipend of $500 and receive per diem for meals and incidentals for each day of the Foreign Service Fellowship.
  • Roundtrip airfare, lodging in Washington, DC and ground transportation to and from the airport in Washington, DC (IAD, DCA or BWI) will all be covered.

The Meridian-Cox Foreign Service Fellowship for Emerging Leaders will take place in Washington, DC from Sunday, June 23 to Saturday, June 29, 2024.

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