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Photo of Rausan Borujerdi who won the Pickering Fellowship
Rausan Borujerdi

Macaulay Honors College alumna Rausan Borujerdi, ‘16 (City College) is the recipient of a Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship. The political science major is one of 20 stellar graduates nationwide selected for the program, which prepares candidates to become members of the U.S. Foreign Service. Hundreds of applicants from over 270 colleges and universities competed for the fellowship managed and funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by The Washington Center.

Born in New York to Iranian-American parents, Borujerdi will attend Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs this fall. She will study international security with a specialization in the Middle East.

At City College, Borujerdi traveled to the Dominican Republic as a Colin Powell School Partner for Change Fellow at CCNY. She also participated in the   U.S. Foreign Service Internship Program. She interned in the Office of Iranian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State in summer 2014 and at the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain in summer 2015.

Pickering Fellows receive up to $37,500 in annual financial support toward a full-time Master’s degree program in a field related to international affairs and diplomacy. They also participate in one domestic and one international internship. Employment in the Foreign Service follows upon completion of the program and meeting Foreign Service entry requirements.