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THE CHARLES B. RANGEL INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
JANUARY 22, 2010)
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.
- Background Information
- A personal statement (in 500 words or less) that discusses the applicant's reasons for applying, interest in foreign affairs, commitment to pursue a Foreign Service career and any relevant experience or information.
- A statement (in 500 words or less) from the applicant that discusses his/her need for financial assistance to attend graduate school, including an explanation of:
- The financial assistance received during undergraduate studies
- Overall education-related debt
- Ability/Plans to pay for graduate school independently
Mailed-in supplementary materials:
Mailed in by applicant in one package
- Proof of U.S. citizenship with a notarized copy of: (choose one)
- Birth certificate
- Certificate of U.S. citizenship
- U.S. passport
Bring a copy and the original of your passport or birth certificate to a Notary Public. They will examine the documents to determine that they are official, stamp and sign the copy and give it back to you. Visit www.123.notary.com
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form and the Student Aid Report (SAR) generated from the FAFSA Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov
- GRE or GMAT Scores (copy of the report that was sent to student)
Mailed in by institution or individual
- Official transcript from all colleges and universities that the applicant has attended (must be sent in a sealed/signed envelope either by applicant or by institution)
- Official Financial Aid Statement from applicant’s senior year
- Two letters of recommendations: (These can be sent directly from the recommender or from the applicant in a sealed and signed envelope)
- One from a faculty member
- One from a community leader or other individual who can comment on the applicant’s non-academic accomplishments and his/her potential
ORIENTATION: New Rangel Fellows will participate in an orientation at
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. Howard University
TWO SUMMER INTERNSHIPS (CAPITOL HILL AND
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. U.S.
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.
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.
FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE:
Received by January 22, 2010
No faxed material will be accepted.
Mail application materials to:
Patricia H. Scroggs,
Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program
Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center
2218 6th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20059
For all inquiries, please contact:
Patricia H. Scroggs or Vanessa Rozier
2218 6th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20059
Tel: (202) 806-4367
Fax: (202) 806-5424
Emails: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
2006 Rangel Fellows meet with Secretary of State Rice
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