The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship

Funds two years of graduate school for college seniors and graduates committed to joining the Foreign Service.

The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a U.S. Department of State program that prepares college seniors and graduates for careers in the Foreign Service. It provides up to $37,500 annually for a two year period for tuition, room, board, books and mandatory fees for completion of a master’s degree in international affairs or a related area. The Program arranges two summer internships on Capitol Hill and at U.S. embassies, and provides mentorship from a Foreign Service Officer. The application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need is encouraged. 

Deadline Information

Deadline: Tuesday, September 24, 2019


Rangel Fellows attend an orientation at Howard University, and participate in two paid summer internships. Fellows who obtain a master’s degree and successfully complete Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments in the State Department Foreign Service. Fellows commit to a minimum of five years of service. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a US citizen.
  • Seek admission to to enter graduate school in the fall of 2020 for a two-year program at a U.S. university in an area of relevance to the Foreign Service.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.2.

Application Process

A complete application includes the following:

  • Backrgound information
  • A personal statement (600 words)
  • A statement of financial need (400 words)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship
  • Student Aid Report 
  • GRE or GMAT Scores (optional)
  • Official Financial Aid Statement from senior year, if financial aid was received
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended for credit

Please see tips for preparing a competative application.

For more information on this opportunity, please contact: 
Sandra Zupan