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Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship

Who Can Apply: U.S. Citizens – Seniors or recent graduates – Must be seeking admission to enter graduate school in fall 2023 for a two-year program at a U.S. university – GPA of 3.2 or higher required – All Majors

IMPORTANT: Members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.

Description: The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship Program seeks to attract and educate outstanding young people who desire a career in the Foreign Service. Funded by the U.S. Department of State, these Fellowships prepare students to enter exciting and rewarding careers in public service as Foreign Service Officers. The Rangel Program encourages the involvement of members of minority groups and those with financial need. In this manner, it advances the goal of creating an excellent and diverse U.S. Foreign Service that represents the rich range of talents and expertise of the American people.

At the time of application, candidates must be seeking admission to graduate school for the following academic year. Winners are expected to enroll in a two-year, full-time master's degree program in public policy, international affairs, or public administration, or in an academic field such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages (U.S. graduate institutions only).

Award Amount: Rangel Fellows receive up to $42,000 annually for a two year period for tuition, room, board, books, and mandatory fees for completion of a two-year master’s degree. This includes up to $24,000 per year for tuition and mandatory fees and an academic year stipend of $18,000.

National Deadline: September 28, 2023

Program Preferences: The Rangel Fellowship is for students who can demonstrate a strong interest in a career with the US State Department Foreign Service. Consideration will be given to qualified applicants who, in addition to outstanding leadership skills and academic achievement, demonstrate financial need. A candidate’s community, academic, other extracurricular, and leadership activities will be considered during the selection process.

Service Obligation: Each Rangel Fellow who obtains a master’s degree is committed to a minimum of five years of service in an appointment as a Foreign Service Officer. Candidates who do not successfully complete the Rangel Program and the subsequent three year service obligation may be subject to a reimbursement obligation.

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