The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship
The goal of the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs program is "to promote greater diversity and excellence in the U.S. Foreign Service." The program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of State, and is managed by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University in Washington, D.C. The Graduate Fellowship is awarded to twenty outstanding seniors and graduates each year to support them through two-year Master's degree programs and prepare them for careers in the Foreign Service.
The Rangel Graduate Fellowships "help finance two-year graduate programs, provide paid internships and other professional development activities, and facilitate entry into the Foreign Service for individuals who are able to complete the Foreign Service entry requirements."
Students apply separately to two-year Master's degree programs degree in international affairs or another area of relevance to the work of the Foreign Service (such as public administration, public policy, business administration, foreign languages, economics, political science, or communications). Degree programs may be completed at a range of universities approved by the Rangel program.
Fellows receive up to $35,000 annually for two years of tuition, room, board, books and mandatory fees. In addition, fellows are placed in two summer internships, one in Washington, D.C. before their first year of graduate school, and the other overseas in a U.S. embassy between their first and second years of graduate school. Fellows are also given a mentor for the duration of the program.
Successful completion of the Rangel program and the Foreign Service entry requirements guarantees appointment as a Foreign Service Officer!
- be a U.S. citizen
- be finishing their undergraduate studies or have finished them by June of the year they would begin the program
- be applying separately (but at the same time as the fellowship application) for qualified two-year Master's degree programs
- intend to become a Foreign Service Officer
- have a GPA of at least 3.2
Fellows are obligated to serve a minimum of three years as a Foreign Service Officer after completing the program.
External deadline: January 2014 (TBA)