Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program

Howard University, in cooperation with the US Department of State provides funding through the Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship to outstanding individuals interested in international affairs and careers in the United States Foreign Service. The goal of the program is to promote a positive US presence in the world that reflects the strength and diversity of America.  Members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need, are encouraged to apply.

Up to $35,000 annually for tuition, fees, and living expenses during a two-year master’s degree in international affairs, public administration, or another area relevant to the work of the Foreign Service.

Winners will attend an orientation to the Program and the Foreign Service at Howard University in Washington, DC.  Fellows participate in two paid summer internships [$10,000 per summer]:  one on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, the summer immediately following selection; and one overseas at a US embassy during the summer between the first and second years of graduate school.  Fellows will have access to Foreign Service Officers and mentors during the program.

Fellows must commit to a minimum of three years of service in an appointment as a Foreign Service Officer.  Fellows must meet US Department of State entry requirements for Foreign Service Officers. Candidates must be able to obtain medical, security, and suitability clearances in order to remain in the program.  Candidates who do not successfully complete the program and meet Foreign Service entry requirements may be subject to a reimbursement obligation to the US Department of State.

Twenty fellowships are expected to be provided.

Studies in international affairs, public administration, or another area relevant to the work of the foreign service.

TENABLE AT: US graduate institutions


  • US citizen
  • senior year, and seeking admission to enter a two-year graduate program.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2

Finalists will attend an interview session in Washington, D.C.


Final deadline Jan. TBA; external deadlines are also listed on program websites.

Interested candidates should contact Fellowships by October 15 for guidance and assistance in preparing the application.

To apply:

Complete the on-line application, as well as themailed-in supplementary materials [mailed in by applicant in one package]:

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship with a copy* of: (choose one)
    • Birth certificate
    • Certificate of U.S. citizenship
    • U.S. passport

* Applicants are required to bring originals to the interview, if selected as a finalist.

  • The Student Aid Report (SAR) generated from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form FAFSA
  • GRE or GMAT Scores (copy of report sent to student)
  • Official transcript from all colleges and universities that the applicant has attended (must be sent in a sealed envelope either by applicant in the supplementary materials package, or directly from the institution)
  • Official Financial Aid Statement from applicant’s senior year


Lisa Gates, Dean for Fellowships and Research
Davis Family Library 225G

Rangel International Affairs Program