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Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship

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The Payne Fellowship awards up to thirty fellowships valued at up to $52,000 annually over two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities. Members of minority groups who have historically been underrepresented in international development careers and those with financial need are encouraged to apply. Fellowship recipients can use the award to attend U.S. graduate programs throughout the country.

The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to attract outstanding young people who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  Fellows who successfully complete the Payne Program and USAID Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers with the U.S. Agency for International Development.  


  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • Applicants must be seeking admission to enter graduate school for a two-year program at a U.S. university in the fall of the year of the start of the program. They can be in the senior year of their undergraduate studies, graduating by June of the year of the start of the program, or they can be college graduates.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.

Application Procedure

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