Alumna receives prestigious Pickering Fellowship


Mercer University alumna Ariel Daniels recently received the prestigious Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship to pursue a master’s degree in international relations before beginning work for the U.S. Foreign Service.

The Pickering Fellowship Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by Howard University, provides funding to qualified college seniors and graduates to help finance two-year graduate programs. Fellowships also include two summer internships, mentoring from a Foreign Service officer and other professional development activities in exchange for a five-year commitment to the U.S. Foreign Service.

“I am ecstatic to participate in the Pickering Fellowship and intern with the Department of State,” said Daniels. “As a Pickering Fellow, I will receive a plethora of academic and professional resources that will prepare me for a successful career as a Foreign Service officer. This achievement would not have been possible without the support of the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships, Office of International Programs, current Pickering Fellows and my former professors.”

Daniels, from Milledgeville, earned her bachelor’s degree last May with a double-major in political science and international affairs and a minor in French.

She received a 2020 Fulbright U.S. Student Award and will be placed at a Moroccan public university to strengthen English language instruction during the upcoming year. She will begin her Pickering Fellowship upon returning from Morocco in fall 2022.

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