The Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program aims to prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service in which they can help formulate, represent and implement U.S. foreign policy. Serving their country and promoting positive change globally. The program encourages application by members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need.
Program Purpose and Description:
Each year, the program selects 20 Rangel Fellows 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. Fellows who successfully complete the program and Foreign Service entry requirements receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers, one of the most exciting and rewarding careers available. Information on Foreign Service careers is available at www.careers.state.gov. Fellowships are funded at up to $34,000 annually for room and board, tuition, and other educational expenses toward completion of two-year master's degrees. A number of universities provide supplemental financial assistance to Rangel Fellows. Newly appointed Fellows participate in an orientation at Howard University shortly after their selection. The orientation familiarizes the Fellows with all aspects of the fellowship and enhances their understanding of, and skills for, Foreign Service careers. Rangel Fellows participate in two internships. The first, an internship working on international issues for members of Congress in Washington, D.C., occurs in the summer after being selected and before the first year of graduate study. This internship deepens their understanding of the critical role of the legislative branch in U.S. foreign policy and the functioning of Capitol Hill. The second is a funded overseas internship in a U. S. Embassy during the summer between the first and second years of graduate study. The internship provides Fellows with hands-on knowledge of U.S. foreign policy, conditions in specific countries, and the work and lifestyle of the Foreign Service. It sharpens their professional focus and enhances their language and communication skills. Each Fellow is mentored by a Foreign Service Officer throughout the duration of the fellowship, as well as during his or her early employment at the State Department.
Fellows must obtain graduate degrees in international affairs or a related subject such as economics, history, political science, public administration, communications, public policy, business administration or foreign languages. Studies in law do not satisfy this requirement.
The institution at which each Fellow studies must be a U.S. graduate or professional school approved by the Rangel Program.
Applicants apply to two-year master's programs in the U.S. simultaneously with their application to the Rangel Program. Finalists are brought to Washington, D.C. for interviews in March.
Graduating seniors with a minimum 3.2 GPA applying to a two-year master's program in a supported field. Graduating master's students, or alumni with a master's degree, who are seeking admission to a two-year master's program in a supported field are also eligible.
Fellows who successfully complete the Rangel Program and Foreign Service entry requirements receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers. Each Fellow who obtains a master's degree is committed to a minimum of three years of service as a Foreign Service Officer. Candidates who do not successfully complete the program and the subsequent three year service obligation may be subject to a reimbursement obligation.
Underrepresented students are especially encouraged to apply.
U.S. citizens only.
Usually in January.
How To Apply:
Students or alumni, as applicable, may apply directly to this program. Applicants are encouraged, however, to work with SF State's fellowship advisor well in advance of the program deadline to perfect their application essays and other materials.