Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Program

The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to attract outstanding young people who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The Payne Fellowship encourages the applications of members of minority groups who have historically been underrepresented in international development careers and those with financial need. Fellowship recipients can use the award to attend US graduate programs throughout the country; they will join the USAID Foreign Service upon completion of the program, as long as they successfully complete the Payne Program and USAID entry requirements.

Eligibility
Applicants must:

  • be US citizens
  • be seeking admission to enter graduate school for a two-year program at a US university
  • have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application

Funding
Up to $90,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities

Deadline to Apply
Mid-January

Additional Information
http://www.paynefellows.org/?areaid=2&contentid=941&CFID=165&CFTOKEN=C6ECD9D4-E08C-4EEA-A25CFD9C8160C21B

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Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship

The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a program that aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service in which they can help formulate, represent and implement US foreign policy. The Rangel Program selects 30 outstanding Rangel Fellows in a highly competitive nationwide process and helps support them through two years of graduate study, internships and professional development activities, and entry into the Foreign Service. This program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. Fellows who successfully complete the program and Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers.

Eligibility
Applicants must:

  • be US citizens
  • be seeking admission to enter graduate school for a two-year program at a US university
  • have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application

Funding
Up to $35,000 annually towards tuition, room, board, books and mandatory fees for completion of two-year master’s degrees

Deadline to Apply
Mid-January

Additional Information
http://www.rangelprogram.org/index.cfm?session.areaid=2&contentid=672&typeid=CBRIAP92223

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Programs are a collaborative effort between the United States Department of State and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The Programs provide academic and professional preparation for outstanding candidates to enter the US Department of State Foreign Service, representing America’s interests abroad. Pickering Fellows are undergraduate and graduate students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.

Pickering Fellows receive mentoring, professional development, and financial support as they prepare to enter the Foreign Service. Upon successful completion of the Foreign Service examination, Pickering Fellows make a commitment to a minimum of five years in an appointment as a Foreign Service Officer. Candidates must be able to obtain medical, security and suitability clearances in order to remain in the program.

Eligibility
See website for further details.

Funding
Up to $37,500 annually for tuition costs, room and board, books, mandatory fees, and one round-trip ticket between Fellow’s residence and his/her academic institutions.

Deadline to Apply
Mid-January

Additional Information
http://woodrow.org/fellowships/pickering/