More Slots Available in Veterans Innovation Partnership

Category: Blog
Created on Monday, March 16 2015
Written by Curtis L. Coy

Veterans Innovation Partnership (VIP)In August of last year there was a exciting opportunity for Veterans who have or are in a Master’s degree program. This program is the Veterans Innovation Partnership (VIP), a new public-private alliance platform aimed at serving America’s veterans and separating service members by preparing them for diplomacy and development careers, providing education and employment resources and expertise while enhancing America’s global leadership. Last year The State Department received over 1600 applicants, with 22 VIP fellowships chosen. This year the number of fellowships will increase to 40. The following provides more detail information regarding eligibility and the application process.  

The U.S. Department of State is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2015 class of VIP Fellows.  The main focus of VIP is to build and deploy strategic partnerships between the U.S. government and the U.S. private sector to mobilize resources and build networks to promote foreign affairs career opportunities for veterans.  This fellowship will give applicants the opportunity to serve in foreign affairs roles primarily throughout the Department of State, but also at our participating agencies, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), or the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). The VIP fellowship will include full-time employment beginning in the Fall of 2015 and lasting for one year; responsibilities and compensation commensurate with a Master’s degree along with mentoring and professional development opportunities throughout the year.

Eligibility Requirements

Application Process

To apply for a 2015 VIP Fellowship, please provide the following information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

The U.S. Department of State will be unable to process your application without this information.  In addition, this is a competitive fellowship opportunity with limited spots. This call for applications will remain open until March 27, 2015. Complete application packages received by the first cut-off date of March 20, 2015, 11:59p.m., will receive first consideration for employment. If your application is submitted and processed after this date, you will receive consideration on an “as needed basis”. Selections are expected to be made by May 2015 and expected start dates in September 2015. 

Additional information about VIP is available at  For additional questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1-866-300-7419.   Please refer to and @vipfellowship for further information and updates.