Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program

Who is eligible?
U.S. citizens aspiring to a career in foreign service, and seeking admission to a graduate program of relevance to this field. Either graduating seniors or college graduates are eligible. Minimum GPA of 3.200. The program “encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need.”
When is the Deadline?
Campus Deadline: Mid-August
Rangel Deadline: Mid-September
The Fellowship awards up to $47,500 towards tuition, room, board, books and mandatory fees.The program includes curricular expectations, that the recipient will pursue graduate studies in international relations or a closely related field, and participate in a domestic internship on Capitol Hill during the first summer and overseas at a U.S. Embassy in the second summer of the program. The Rangel includes a service obligation of five years through an appointment as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State.
How Do I Apply?
Candidates apply online, providing essays, two letters of recommendation, their Student Aid Reports, results of graduate school standardized tests, among other documentation.
Two essays: a 600-word personal statement, discussing the student’s interest in the Rangel Fellowship, in foreign service, and any pertinent experiences; a 400 word discussion of any financial need.
What happens after I submit an application?
The Rangel selection panel will choose approximately 60 finalists by the end of October. The Rangel Program staff will communicate decisions by email to both successful and unsuccessful applicants by the end of October. Candidates selected for final consideration will be invited to Washington, D.C. for interviews (from continental U.S. points only) and to prepare a writing sample. Finalists will be in D.C. for one full day in November. The program will pay the cost of accommodations and travel to Washington, DC from within the continental United States, Hawaii, and Alaska. The program will strive to complete the selection process and make offers to 30 fellows by Late November.

“The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a program that aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service in which they can help formulate, represent and implement U.S. foreign policy.  The Rangel Program will select 30 outstanding Rangel Fellows annually in a highly competitive nationwide process and helps support them through two years of graduate study, internships and professional development activities, and entry into the Foreign Service.  This program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need.  Fellows who successfully complete the program and Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers, one of the most exciting and rewarding careers available.”

Visit the Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program webpage.