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Clarke DS Fellowship: Path to a Career as a Foreign Service DSS Special Agent

About this event

The U.S. Department of State has recently launched a new two-year graduate fellowship program, the William D. Clarke, Sr. Diplomatic Security Fellowship, that leads to an exciting career in the Foreign Service as a Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Special Agent.

The application for the 2023 cohort of the Clarke DS Fellowship is open October 3, 2022, through November 30, 2022. Join us on this webinar to find out more about this high-profile State Department diversity fellowship/recruitment program.

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 will receive an appointment as a Foreign Service DSS Special Agent – and launch an exciting career at the forefront of law enforcement and international affairs.

The Clarke DS Fellowship aims to attract top candidates that represent the ethnic, racial, gender, social, and geographic diversity of the United States. The Clarke DS Fellowship encourages applications from women, minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and those with financial need.

Our speakers on this one-hour webinar include:

  • Patti Boerner, Program Manager, Clarke DS Fellowship, U.S. Department of State
  • Kris Sivertson, Diplomatic Security Service Special Agent and a Diplomat in Residence - Texas, U.S. Department of State
  • Chelsey Jones, Assistant Director, Federal Initiatives, The Washington Center

This webinar is designed for faculty and staff at colleges and universities who want to help their students learn about this opportunity. Students are also welcome to attend this webinar!

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
  • Timeline of the fellowship program
  • Requirements of applicants selected as finalists and requirements of Clarke DS Fellows
  • And much more!

You'll have a chance to ask questions during a live Q&A session.

If you aren't able to attend the live webinar, you'll get an email immediately after the webinar with access to the replay.

Hosted by

  • Guest speaker
    Daniel Bergin Special Agent @ Diplomatic Security Service, U.S. Department of State

  • Team member
    Evandro Gurgel

  • Guest speaker
    Patricia Boerner FAIT Fellowship Program Manager @ U.S. Department of State

    Patti Boerner is the Program Manager for the FAIT Fellowship program, which is now entering its sixth year. She has worked for the Department of State for 9 years – 5 years in Washington, DC and 4 years overseas as an Eligible Family Member in London.

  • Team member
    Chelsey Jones Assistant Director, Federal Programs @ The Washington Center

  • Team member
    William D. Clarke, Sr. Diplomatic Security Fellowship

  • Guest speaker
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    Sherri Harvin The Washington Center