USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship

In order to promote excellence and diversity in the USAID Foreign Service, the Payne Fellowship is designed to attract outstanding young people to careers in international development as USAID Foreign Service Officers.  The Program is funded by USAID and managed by Howard University.

The Payne Fellowship Program provides benefits valued at up to $90,000 over two years toward a two-year master's degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at USAID missions overseas, and provides professional development and support activities.  Fellows who successfully complete the program become USAID Foreign Service Officers.  

                                                                                                              NUMBER OFFERED:  two per year
Fellows may use the fellowship to attend a two-year master's program in a U.S. institution to study an area of relevance to the USAID Foreign Service, including international development, international relations, public policy, business administration, foreign languages, economics, agriculture, environmental sciences, health, or urban planning at a graduate or professional school approved by the Payne Program.   

Applicants apply for graduate school at the same time they are applying for the Payne Fellowship. If selected for the fellowship, the Program will discuss the graduate school choices with individual fellows. The Payne Program, working with USAID, has final approval on the graduate program.  There is no approved list of schools. However, Payne Fellows are expected to pursue graduate studies in a good program that will prepare them for their Foreign Service careers.

Applicants must be college seniors or graduates looking to start graduate school in the fall of the year they apply, have GPAs of at least 3.2 and be U.S. citizens. The program welcomes applications from those with any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the USAID Foreign Service and those with financial need.  

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

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

USAID  International Development Fellowship