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Castellanos '08 Awarded Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Story posted October 04, 2010

Vanessa Vidal Castellanos '08 has been named a 2010 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow.

The Pickering Fellowship will provide support for her completion of a graduate degree at Tufts University as she prepares academically and professionally to enter the United States Foreign Service.

Vanessa Vidal Castellanos '08
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Castellanos, 2008 Goodwin Commencement Prize winner, delivered the address, A Continuous Journey Before & After Bowdoin May 24, 2008.

Read the text of her remarks.


Castellanos is one of 20 graduate foreign affairs fellows who will participate in one domestic and one overseas internship.

They commit to three years of service as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State, contingent on their passing the Foreign Service examinations.

The Foreign Service, a corps of working professionals who support the President of the United States and the Secretary of the United States Department of State in pursuit of the goals and objectives of American foreign policy, are "front-line" personnel who can be sent anywhere in the world, at any time, in service to the diplomatic needs of the U.S.

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program is named in honor of one of the most distinguished and capable American diplomats of the latter half of the 20th century.

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Thomas Pickering '53

Pickering, of the Bowdoin College Class of 1953, held the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service.

He served as Ambassador to Nigeria, El Salvador, Israel, India and the Russian Federation, finishing his career as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs.

The Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

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