William D. Clarke, Sr. Diplomatic Security Fellowship

The William D. Clarke, Sr. Diplomatic Security Fellowship program is designed for individuals planning to enter a master’s degree program starting in fall 2023 and who are interested in a career as a Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Special Agent in the Foreign Service.

The Clarke DS Fellowship, a two-year fellowship program, is one of several high-profile State Department diversity recruitment programs. This fellowship aims to attract qualified candidates to the Diplomatic Security Service 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.

The application for the Clarke DS Fellowship is open October 3, 2022, through November 30, 2022. Read on to find out more about the benefits and eligibility requirements.

What are the Benefits of the Clarke DS Fellowship?
The Clarke DS Fellowship provides up to $42,000 annually for two years for academic funding (tuition, room and board, books/lab fees, other academic expenses, and some travel), two summer practicums with stipend support, personalized mentoring, and professional development.

Upon successful completion of the fellowship program and Foreign Service entry requirements, fellows receive an appointment as a Foreign Service Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Special Agent – and launch an exciting career at the forefront of law enforcement and international affairs.

DSS Special Agents are sworn federal law enforcement officers, responsible for the security of Foreign Service personnel, property, and sensitive information around the world.

Who is Eligible to Apply?
To apply for the Clarke DS Fellowship, individuals must:
• Be a U.S. citizen.
• Be at least 19 years old and no older than 33 years old (except for preference-eligible veterans).
• Be seeking admission to a two-year full-time master’s degree program at a U.S.-based accredited institution.
• Be on a timeline to graduate with master’s degree after attending four full-time (fall and spring) semesters during your two years of the fellowship.
• Hold a minimum 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale at the time of application and maintain this GPA throughout the program.
• Be able to pass the Physical Readiness Test (PRT) if selected as a finalist for the fellowship.
There are also requirements that selected fellows must meet, and additional requirements as a DSS Special Agent. You can find all of the requirements on the webpage here.

A Career as a Foreign Service DSS Special Agent
Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Special Agents are sworn federal law enforcement officers and specially trained Foreign Service security professionals. When Clarke DS Fellows successfully complete the fellowship and the Foreign Service entry requirements, they will enter the Foreign Service as DSS Special Agents, and will:
• Protect the U.S. Secretary of State and visiting foreign dignitaries, investigate passport and visa fraud, and conduct personnel security investigations.
• Travel the world while leading and managing security programs to protect Foreign Service personnel, property and information against foreign intelligence, criminal and terrorist activities.
• Have the unique opportunity to engage in diplomacy and make a positive impact worldwide – all while developing themselves personally and professionally.
• Experience daily the challenge and excitement of a career at the forefront of law enforcement and international affairs.


Learn more about this new fellowship program at our upcoming webinar: Clarke DS Fellowship: Path to a Career as a Foreign Service DSS Special Agent, on Thursday, November 3rd, at 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. (EDT). Register for this webinar using the link below.


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