Three fellowship programs to defray education costs for students interested in the Foreign Service.
Posted: January 22, 2007
** Applications for the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program are due by January 26, 2007.
** Applications for the Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program are due by February 5, 2007.
** Applications for the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program are due by February 9, 2007.
The Rangel and Pickering Graduate fellowships fund the cost of a two-year master's program (up to $28,000, in the case of the Rangel fellowship). The other Pickering fellowship the covers the cost of one's junior and senior year of undergraduate work and a two-year master's (the student's university actually agrees to fund the second year of graduate study).
All three programs include a domestic and an overseas internship with the Department of State, and assignment of a Foreign Service Officer mentor to each student in the program. Students in the program are eligible to take the oral assessment for entry into the Foreign Service without taking the written exam.
Under the two graduate fellowships, a student, upon completion of his or her studies, must work for the Foreign Service for three years (with full salary and benefits, of course). Those in the undergraduate/graduate program agree to a four and half-year commitment to the Foreign Service upon completion of their master's degree.
The Rangel Fellowship
Howard University's Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State, seeks to attract outstanding young people who have an interest in pursuing a career in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. Graduating seniors and recent college graduates with strong academic records are encouraged to apply to become Rangel Fellows. Those selected will enter into one of the most exciting and rewarding careers available. The Rangel Program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. The Fellowship consists of
• Up to $28,000 annually toward tuition, room, board, books and mandatory fees for completion of a two-year master's degree in international affairs or other relevant area to the work of the Foreign Service at a graduate or professional school approved by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center.
• Two summer internships, a six-week internship on Capitol Hill the first summer of the program and a ten-week overseas internship in a U.S. Embassy during the summer between the first and second year of graduate school.
• Summer Enrichment Program, six-weeks of intensive instruction in the History of U.S. Foreign Relations, Economics, and Writing - as well as meetings with officials of the Department of State, other U.S. agencies, and non-governmental organizations - to help prepare Fellows for graduate school and a Foreign Service career.
• Mentoring from a Foreign Service Officer throughout the duration of the fellowship, as well as during early employment at the State Department.
• A contractual agreement that commits each Rangel Fellow who obtains a master's degree to a minimum of three years of service in an appointment as a Foreign Service Officer.
Candidates who do not successfully complete the Rangel Program and the subsequent three year service obligation may be subject to a reimbursement obligation.
Eligibility Applicants must be American citizens, be in the senior year of their undergraduate study and/or be prepared to enter graduate school in fall 2007, and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher.
Applications for the 2007 Fellowship will be due January 26, 2007.
See Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center for more details on the Program and application requirements.
Interested students may also wish to review the State Department website for information on Foreign Service careers.
See Pickering Programs.
These scholarships are a great deal for students interested in the Foreign Service.
Students with financial need are given prime consideration.
Questions concerning the Rangel Fellowships: Patricia Hanigan Scroggs, Program Manager
Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center Howard University 2218 6th Street, NW Washington, DC 20059 (202) 806-4367
Questions concerning the programs: Ambassador Gregory W. Engle
Diplomat in Residence and Visiting Scholar LBJ School of Public Affairs University of Texas at Austin 2315 Red River, SRH 3.218 Mail Code: E2700 - PO Box Y Austin, Texas 78713-8925