Fellows Programs

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships

The Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship was an initiative of former Director General of the Foreign Service and ambassador to South Africa, Edward J. Perkins. The Program provides academic and professional preparation for outstanding candidates who are interested in a career in the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer who represents America’s interests abroad. Pickering Fellowships are for undergraduate seniors and graduate students to study academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply. Pickering Fellows receive mentoring, professional development, and financial support as they prepare to enter the Foreign Service and they participate in both domestic and overseas internships. Pickering Fellows make a commitment for a minimum of five years of service. Candidates are required to obtain medical, security and suitability clearances in order to remain in the program.

For more information, go to: https://pickeringfellowship.org/

For more information about Foreign Service careers, go to: https://careers.state.gov/career-paths/foreign-service/officer/

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program

Promoting a positive U.S. presence in the world that reflects and respects the strength and diversity of America.

There are two major components to the Rangel Program: an International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program that provides support for graduate school, professional development, and entry into the U.S. Foreign Service, and an undergraduate International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program that provides undergraduates with the opportunity to enhance their skills, knowledge and understanding about U.S. foreign policy.

To apply go to: http://www.rangelprogram.org

The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Program

The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to attract outstanding young people who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). If you want to work on the front lines of some of the most pressing global challenges of our times — poverty, hunger, injustice, disease, environmental degradation, climate change, conflict and violent extremism – the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development provides an opportunity to advance U.S. foreign policy interests and reflect the American people’s compassion and support of human dignity. The Payne Fellowship, which provides up to $90,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities, provides a unique pathway to the USAID Foreign Service.

The Payne Fellowship encourages the application of members of minority groups who have historically been underrepresented in international development careers and those with financial need. The fellowship is named in honor of longtime development champion, the late Congressman Donald Payne. The initiative is funded by USAID and administered by Howard University. Fellowship recipients can use the award to attend U.S. graduate programs throughout the country; they will join the USAID Foreign Service upon completion of the program, as long as they successfully complete the Payne Program and USAID entry requirements.

To apply go to: http://www.paynefellows.org