The Benjamin Kane Gupta Fellows Program

At The U.S. Department of State

Fellows Program Description

The U.S. Department of State and The George Washington University School of Business (GWSB) are proud to introduce the Benjamin Kane Gupta Fellows Program, a unique opportunity for U.S. citizens, who are young professionals with two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree from an accredited higher education institution, to apply skills learned in the classroom and in private industry to the meaningful work of international public-private partnership creation and management.

This program will provide fellows with a rich development and professional experience to individuals who have completed their formal education by providing them with in-depth exposure to public-private partnership building at the U.S. Department of State Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships. The Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships is the entry point for collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, the public and private sectors, and civil society. The Office works to strengthen and deepen U.S. diplomacy and development around the world through partnerships that leverage the creativity, innovation, and core business resources of partners for greater impact.

The fellows will facilitate collaboration among innovative businesses, governments, and civil society through research and program development. The fellowship aims to provide young professionals and graduates the opportunity to apply academic study to practice, while advancing their professional development. The fellowship will be offered as a year-long opportunity beginning in the fall each year. Subject to funding and further arrangements, fellows will be paid as federal employees over the twelve months dependent on experience and will be eligible for Federal Employee Health Benefits. Relocation expenses will not be covered. Please note: the Gupta Fellowship is a temporary position. It does not allow fellows to convert non-competitively to a competitive service federal position. Fellows are expected to work a full-time schedule of 40 hours per week.

The fellows will be selected through an application process and selection committee in accordance with GW University and U.S. Department of State procedures.

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Have a graduate degree in business, International Relations, Public Policy, Public Administration or a related field from a qualifying educational institution with a Grade-Point Average of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 (“B” or better)
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Leadership experience and potential
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret level security clearance through the U.S. Department of State
  • Be found suitable for employment by the U.S. Department of State (as described in Title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 731).


Fellows are expected to work 40 hours per week. The fellows are to work closely with the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships and external partners to cultivate the network of cross-sector actors and relevant initiatives. Fellows are also to assist in managing partner relationships, documenting lessons learned, disseminating information around such effort, and exploring new areas of opportunity.

Application Process

Applicants must submit the following information according to the instructions provided. Failing to do so will lead to an incomplete application. Questions should be directed to No phone calls please.

  • Cover Letter: Please detail why you wish to pursue a position in the Benjamin Kane Gupta Fellows Program and how your academic and professional experience has prepared you for such an opportunity. Not to exceed 450 words.
  • Resume: Please include an updated copy of your resume, showing recent academic and professional achievements and recent employment history. The resume should not exceed two pages.
  • Declaration of Graduate Degree GPA: Official transcript verification may be required at a later time.
  • Essay Questions: This section consists of two essay questions. You must answer both questions.
    • Answer all of the questions within the same word document, but begin each answer in a new paragraph labeled “Essay Question #”.
    • Use a maximum of 500 words for each response, and each response must be double-spaced.
    • Be sure to include a right header that exemplifies this format: “(Your Last Name), Page number.”

Essay Question #1: Describe your plans for your professional career path. What are your short term and long-term career goals? How will the Gupta Fellowship and your time at the U.S. Department of State help you achieve your short term and long-term career goals?

Essay Question #2: Describe and provide an example of a public-private partnership that you have encountered during your studies or through your professional experience.

  • Professional References: Please provide the names, organization, and contact information for three references in one word document. When selecting your references, please note that they are required to comment on your work experience, academic experience and professional character.

How to Apply

We are currently accepting applications for the fall 2016 cohort. You may apply below. Please note the application deadlines, which factor in time for security clearances.


  • Fall 2016: May 27, 2016

*All positions will be in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The expected duration of the fellowship will be one year. The Gupta fellowship is not designed to lead to permanent federal employment and does not convey preference in seeking such employment. Nor does it convey the ability to convert non-competitively to a competitive service federal position.