The Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program, USA

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 U.S. foreign policy. Each year, the Rangel Program selects 20 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, one of the most exciting and rewarding careers available.

Rangel Fellows are committed to serving their country and promoting positive change globally. Individuals who have successfully completed the Rangel Program are now making a difference in countries throughout the world, including Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Venezuela, South Africa, Nigeria, Angola, China, Korea, Bangladesh, Spain and Ireland.

FELLOWSHIPS FOR GRADUATE STUDIES In 2010 the Rangel Program plans to award 20 fellowships of up to $34,000 annually towards tuition, room, board, books and mandatory fees for completion of two-year master’s degrees. At the conclusion of two years of study, the Rangel Fellow is expected to have obtained a 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) at a graduate or professional school approved by the Rangel Program. Awardees are expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 throughout their period of study.
ORIENTATION New Rangel Fellows will participate in an orientation at Howard University in mid-May, shortly after their selection. The purposes of this orientation are to familiarize the Fellows with all aspects of the fellowship and to enhance their understanding of, and skills for, Foreign Service careers.

TWO SUMMER INTERNSHIPS (CAPITOL HILL AND OVERSEAS AT U.S. EMBASSIES) Rangel Fellows will participate in two internships. The first, an internship working on international issues for Members of Congress in Washington, D.C., will occur in the summer after being selected and before the first year of graduate study. The second will be an overseas internship in a U. S. Embassy that takes place during the summer between the first and second years of graduate study.

MENTORING Each Fellow will receive mentoring from a Foreign Service Officer throughout the duration of the fellowship as well as during his/her early employment at the State Department.

CURRICULUM Fellows must obtain graduate degrees in international affairs or a related subject such as economics, history, political science, public administration, communications, public policy, business administration or foreign languages at a graduate or professional school approved by the Rangel Program. Studies in law do not satisfy this requirement. Applicants apply to two-year graduate programs at U.S. universities simultaneously with their application to the Rangel Program.

EMPLOYMENT/CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS Fellows who successfully complete the Rangel Program and Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers. Each Rangel Fellow who obtains a master’s degree is committed to a minimum of three years of service 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.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
Applicants must be in the senior year of their undergraduate study or have completed their undergraduate degree by June 2011 and must be seeking admission to enter graduate school in the fall of 2011 for a two-year program.

Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.

A completed online application, which includes the following:

•Background Information•A personal statement (in 600 words or less) that discusses the applicants’ reasons for applying, interest in foreign affairs, commitment to pursue a Foreign Service career and any relevant experience or information.
•A statement (in 500 words or less) from the applicant that discusses his/her need for financial assistance to attend graduate school, including an explanation of:
1.The financial assistance received during undergraduate studies
2.Overall education-related debt
3.Ability/plans to pay for graduate school independently
•Two letters of recommendation:
◦One from a faculty member
◦One from a community leader or other individual who can comment on the applicant’s non-academic accomplishments and his/her potential
◦Sumbission options:
1.Option 1 (preferred): In the online application, select recommenders to submit letters electronically. Reference the recommendation form below to see how recommendations will be received.
2.Option 2: Submit sealed letters (with recommender signature over the envelope seal) in applicant’s supplemental materials package using the recommendation form below.
3.Option 3: The recommender may email (the letter must be a signed PDF file) or mail an official letter in directly to the Rangel Program using the recommendation form below.
◦ Recommendation Form

Application deadline

Received by January 21, 2011

Mail all supplementary materials to:
Patricia Scroggs, Director
Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program
Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center
Howard University
2218 6th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20059

No faxed materials will be accepted

For all inquiries, please contact:

Erica Lee, Rangel Program Assistant
(202) 806-4367 or


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