U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service Pilot Fellowship Program


The goals of the fellowship program are to enhance students understanding of a foreign commercial service career and to provide a pathway to employment with the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, International Trade Administration.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Public Law The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023-Pub. Law No. 117-328, Division B, Title I
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
For individuals: individuals who are U.S. citizens that have been accepted to the U.S. accredited graduate institution to pursue a master's degree in International Relations, Economics, Business, Trade or Public Policy, and International Studies with a cumulative 3.30 GPA may be eligible for an award under this Fellowship program. For appropriate institutions of higher education: Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Private institutions of higher education. Pre-award survey may be required.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Financial assistance is made for a public purpose. The ultimate beneficiary is the public.
B - Fellowship Grants The applicants must provide all funding and related documentation listed in the NOFO in order to apply for a competitive grant. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. The program does not involve non-Federal state or local government funds, and the state and local governments would not be directly affected by the Federal financial assistance.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) for this listing will be posted on Grants.gov. 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applications must be submitted by due dates issued by the servicing agency and all applications must be done in good faith in order for the application to successfully approved by governmental agency attorneys and the grant office.
Award Procedure
Applications are required to receive Federal fundings. Grantees must apply by the due date listed in the NOFO and published in www.grants.gov. Application packages must be submitted on time, be complete and meet the minimum requirements stated in the NOFO in order to be considered for funding.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
For individuals: 1) Importance and/or relevance to the program goals; (2) Technical Merit; (3) Overall qualifications for applicants; and (4) Financial need of student. For appropriate institutions of higher education: (1) Technical Approach; (2) Management Structure and Staffing; (3) Monitoring and Evaluation; (4) Business Review
How may assistance be used?
A notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) describing the program is available at grants.gov or from the contact listed in "Information Contacts" below. No more than $1,000,000 in federal funds have been authorized for the Pilot Fellowship Program.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements.
All financial and programmatic records, supporting documents, statistical reports, and other records of recipients or sub recipients must be maintained in accordance with the terms of the award. Generally, the recipient must retain records for 3 years from the date on which the final expenditure report is submitted.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The period of performance anticipated for 15 months. The estimated start date will be on or about the signature date of the award. Funds are available as soon as the approved project period begins. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
US&FCS Pilot Fellowship is managed from the headquarters office, which should be the applicant's initial point of contact for US&FCS Pilot Fellowship information. Contact information is available at https://trade.gov/cs-fellowship website.
Headquarters Office
Wendy Thompson
1401 CONSTITUTION AVE NW, Suite 1844
Washington, DC 20230 USA
Phone: 202-754-4075
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Fellowships)) FY 22$0.00; FY 23 est $200,000.00; FY 24 est $800,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Refer to 2 CFR 200. Applicants can link to Internet sources for each of the authorities cited on sam.gov at trade.gov/cs-fellowship. This will contain a mock application, directories, and tips on preparing application.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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