Fellowships & Scholarships

William D. Clarke, Sr. Diplomatic Security Fellowship

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.

US Citizens.

The State Department requires that you be at least 21 years old to be appointed as a DSS Special Agent and you must be appointed prior to the month that you reach 37 years of age (except for preference-eligible veterans). Because the Clarke DS Fellowship is a two-year program, you must be at least 19 years old and no older than 33 years old to be eligible to apply for the fellowship.

All two-year full-time master’s degree programs at a U.S.-based accredited institution are eligible. The full-time courses taken to complete the degree program must be only offered during the fall and spring semesters, and not during the summer.