Ralph J. Bunche Center Howard University




In 2010 the Rangel Program will award up to twenty (20) fellowships of up to $34,000 annually towards tuition, room, board, books and mandatory fees for completion of a two-year master’s degree. At the conclusion of two years of study, the Rangel Fellow is expected to obtain a degree in international affairs or another area of relevance to the work of the Foreign Service (such as public administration, public policy, business administration, foreign languages, economics, political science, communications) at a graduate or professional school approved by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center. Awardees are expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2 throughout their period of study.  Fellows who successfully complete the Rangel Program and Foreign Service entry requirements will receive an appointment as a Foreign Service Officer, embarking on one of the most exciting and rewarding careers available.  A program description  (PDF) is attached.

A completed online application includes the following:

*NOTE: Online application will be available in mid-November 2009.


Mailed-in supplementary materials:

Mailed in by applicant in one package

Mailed in by institution or individual



ORIENTATION: New Rangel Fellows will participate in an orientation at Howard University in mid-May, shortly after their selection. The purposes of this orientation are to familiarize the Fellows with all aspects of the fellowship and to enhance their understanding of and skills for a Foreign Service career.  

TWO SUMMER INTERNSHIPS (CAPITOL HILL AND U.S. EMBASSY) Rangel Fellows will participate in two internships. The first, an internship working for a Member of Congress in Washington, DC, will occur in the summer after being selected and before the first year of graduate study. The second will be an overseas internship in a U. S. Embassy that takes place during the summer between the first and second years of graduate study.

MENTORING:  Fellows will receive mentoring from a Foreign Service Officer throughout the duration of the fellowship as well as during their early employment at the State Department.

CURRICULUM:  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 at a graduate or professional school approved by the Rangel Program. Studies in law do not qualify.

CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENT: Each Rangel Fellow who obtains a master’s degree is committed 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. Grants are for applicants interested in careers in the Foreign Service.


Only U.S. citizens will be considered as applicants.

Applicants must be in the senior year of their undergraduate study or have completed their undergraduate degree by June 2010 and must be seeking admission to enter graduate school in the fall of 2010 for a two-year program.

Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.


Twenty Fellowships will be awarded. Consideration will be given to qualified applicants who, in addition to outstanding leadership skills and academic achievement, demonstrate financial need.

Awardees may be in their senior year of college or may have recently graduated from college and be engaged in a relevant career.

A candidate’s community, academic, other extracurricular, and leadership activities will be considered during the selection process.

Applicants must forward two letters of recommendation, a resume, and a personal statement that comments on the applicant’s reasons for applying, interest in foreign affairs, commitment to the Foreign Service and any other relevant experience or issues.

Candidates selected for final consideration will be brought to Washington, D.C. for interviews (from continental U.S. points only) and to prepare a writing sample.

Applicants should carefully review the Foreign Service requirements for medical, security and suitability clearances (see www.careers.state.gov).

Applicants are expected to undertake the steps necessary to complete the process of applying for a Foreign Service Officer position.


No faxed material will be accepted.

Mail application materials to:

Patricia H. Scroggs, Program Director
Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program
Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center
Howard University

2218 6th Street, N.W.
Washington , D.C. 20059

For all inquiries, please contact:

Patricia H. Scroggs or Vanessa Rozier

Howard University
2218 6th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20059

Tel: (202) 806-4367
Fax: (202) 806-5424

Emails: pscroggs@howard.edu or vrozier@howard.edu

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