What is a Diplomat?

Diplomat Job Description

Diplomats are responsible for acting as a representative of their home country in relations with other countries. Diplomats must also work to facilitate relations with other countries, especially during times of negotiation or crisis. A diplomat is a blanket term used to describe any individual involved in foreign service, from a first year culture officer to a long-standing ambassador.



Typical Job Duties

• Develop and administer home country’s development and assistance programs

• Review political and economic development in home and host country

• Assist and advice on foreign policy matters

• Prepare periodic reports on work being conducted

• Meet with authorities of host country

• May negotiate treaties and various agreements with other countries

• Communicate the position of home country in regards to various platforms and issues

• Protect the interests of the citizens of the home country who are visiting or residing in the host country



Scholarships for Becoming a Diplomat

The Applicable Majors section below shows fields of study relevant to a career as a Diplomat. You can search for scholarships matched to those fields of study on our All Scholarships by Major page.


Success Tip: Be sure to apply for any scholarships that you even barely qualify for, as there are millions of dollars of scholarships that go unused every year due to a lack of applicants!



Becoming a Diplomat: Applicable Majors

Studying one of the university majors listed below is an excellent starting point for becoming a Diplomat. Click on the links to find out what else you can do with these majors!


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