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Political Science Sophomore Receives Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Dan Villanueva
Daniel Villanueva

Daniel Villanueva, a political science sophomore, has received the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship. The award is administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and is funded by the State Department. Villanueva was one of 20 recipients selected out of close to 1,000 applicants.

The goal of the Pickering program is to attract outstanding students from diverse ethnic, racial and social backgrounds, who have an interest in pursuing a career with the US Foreign Service. The award will cover Villanueva’s tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees during his junior and senior years at UF and during one year of graduate studies in international affairs. Additionally, he will participate in a summer institute and two summer internships with the State Department–one in the United States, the other abroad. After completing his graduate studies, Villanueva will join the US Foreign Service for a minimum of four and a half years.

The fellowship is named after one of the most distinguished and capable American diplomats of the latter half of the 20th century, Thomas R. Pickering. He held the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service and served as ambassador to Nigeria, El Salvador, Israel, India, and the Russian Federation, finishing his career as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs.

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