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U.S. Department of Homeland Security Honors Fellowship

Office of Policy 2007 Honors Fellows at the U.S. southern border in Arizona. March 2008

Office of Policy 2007 Honors Fellows at the U.S. southern border in Arizona. March 2008

Would you like to be a part of an exceptional team of bright professionals who are dedicated to protecting our nation?

We are hiring a handful of graduates from the nation’s best graduate programs. Those selected to join us will have a unique opportunity to put their academic achievements, intellect, and professional experience to use during a critical time in American history. Honors fellows will provide direct assistance to top policymakers throughout the Department and will work side-by-side with professionals with expertise in areas such as:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Private Sector Outreach
  • International Affairs
  • Science and Technology
  • Immigration Policy
  • International Law Enforcement
  • Cargo Security
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Public Affairs
  • Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
  • Screening Coordination

The Department seeks applicants who have keen analytical skills, a demonstrated ability to write well, and the judgment and discretion needed to operate in a vibrant, highly visible, and challenging environment. Those candidates selected as honors fellows will serve for two years. Upon completion of the fellowship, fellows will have the opportunity to accept to a permanent position at the Department.

How Do I Apply?

Contact your school's career center to find out if they are participating in the program. You may also send an e-mail to

Location and Salary

All positions are located in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

We offer competitive salaries and pay.  All Honors Fellows come on board at a GS-9, Step 1 salary (approximately $48,000 annually) with a promotion to GS-11 after one year.  Fellow may be eligible to receive up to $10,000 in additional money towards any federally insured student loans.  The Department may also be able to offer a signing bonus to help defray transitional expenses.

Key Requirements

Requirements include:

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Willingness to submit to a background investigation, and, if accepted, the security clearance process
  • Graduate degree from an accredited university


For more information, please contact your school's career services office or e-mail

This page was last reviewed/modified on March 27, 2008.