|Graduate Fellowship: TBA (typically October)
Summer Program: TBA (typically early Feb.)
The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program is a unique partnership between Howard University and the U.S. Department of State, with strong support from the U.S. Congress. Its goals are to promote greater diversity and excellence in the U.S. Foreign Service. The Rangel Program offers thirty (30) graduate fellowships to outstanding seniors and college graduates who want to join the Foreign Service. These 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. The Rangel Program also accepts 15 undergraduate students to participate in the six-week Summer Enrichment Program that prepares global-minded undergraduate students for careers in international affairs. Both programs are competitive and seek applicants with a strong academic background, a commitment to service and an interest in making a difference in the world around them.
Graduate Fellowship Program eligibility requirements:
- Applicants must be seeking admission to enter graduate school in the fall of 2021 for a two-year program at a U.S. university in an area of relevance to the Foreign Service. They can be in the senior year of their undergraduate studies, graduating by June 2021, or they can be college graduates.
- Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.
- Applicants must be a U.S. citizen.
Summer Enrichment Program eligibility requirements:
- Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students, with at least sophomore status on the date of the application deadline
- Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.
- Applicants must be a U.S. citizen.
Graduate Fellowship Program application requirements:
- Background Information (e.g., name, contact information, international travel).
- 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 400 words or less) from the applicant that discusses his/her need for financial assistance to attend graduate school,
- Two letters of recommendation:
- Proof of U.S. citizenship with a copy of: (choose one)
- Student Aid Report (SAR) generated from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form for the 2020-2021 school year.
- GRE or GMAT Scores (copy of the report sent to the student) (Optional)
- Official Financial Aid Statement from your senior year, if you received financial aid.
- Transcripts from all colleges and universities the applicant has attended for credit, including study abroad. Please upload university-generated transcripts. An official transcript would be best; a student copy is acceptable if it is in the format of an official transcript. If you are selected for an interview, you will have to bring an official transcript in a signed, sealed envelope, to the interview.
For more information on the graduate application, including a detailed explanation of the above application requirements, click here.
Summer Enrichment Program application requirements:
- Completed sections with background information on the applicant, including work and volunteer experiences, international experiences, and honors and awards.
- An interest statement (in 500 words or less) that explains the applicant’s interest in international affairs and how this program will assist him/her in pursuing this interest
- Uploaded documents, including the following: (Note: Word or PDF documents are acceptable. If you do not have PDF conversion software on your computer, please check free online services. Please ensure scanned copies can be easily read.)
- Transcript(s) from all colleges or universities that the applicant has attended. An official transcript is best; a student copy is acceptable if it is in the format of an official transcript. The transcript must include spring 2020 course enrollment to verify full-time student status.
- Proof of U.S. citizenship
- Three letters of recommendation
For more information on the undergraduate application, including a detailed explanation of the above application requirements, click here.
Value of the Award
Graduate Fellows will receive:
- Up to $37,500 annually for a two year period for tuition, room, board, books and mandatory fees for completion of two-year master’s degrees. This includes up to $21,500 per year for tuition and mandatory fees and an academic year stipend of $16,000.
- Two summer 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.
- 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.
- Fellows who successfully complete the Rangel Program and Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers in the U.S. Department of State. Each Rangel Fellow who obtains a master's degree is committed to a minimum of five years of service as a Foreign Service Officer.
Summer Scholars receive:
- Students live at Howard University, attend classes, and participate in a variety of programs with foreign affairs professionals at Howard and at diverse locations around Washington, DC.
- The Program covers the costs for tuition, travel, housing, and two meals per day. It also provides a stipend of $3,200.