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Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program

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The fellowship provides up to $42,000 annually toward tuition, fees and living expenses for a two-year master's degree as well as internships on Capitol Hill and at a U.S. embassy overseas. The program supports fellows in meeting requirements for entry into the Foreign Service, and encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need.

Fellows must obtain graduate degrees in a field of study relevant to a career in the State Department Foreign Service, such as public administration, public policy, international relations, business administration, economics, history, political science, communications, or foreign languages at a graduate or professional school approved by the Rangel Program. Studies in law do not satisfy this requirement. Applicants apply to two-year graduate programs at U.S. universities simultaneously with their application to the Rangel Program.


Eligibility requirements include:

  • GPA of at least 3.2
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Preparations to start a two-year graduate program in the fall following the year of application. The program must be at a U.S. university in an area of relevance to the Foreign Service.
Those selected must receive medical, security, and suitability clearances to remain in the program. Any undergraduate major is welcome to apply.

Application Procedure

See website for the application deadline. The deadline is generally in late September.