National deadline: January 13, 2016

Eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. citizen
  • Senior (have completed undergraduate degree by June 2016 and must be seeking admission to enter graduate school in the fall of 2016)
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher 

Award summary and conditions: The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship Program seeks to attract and educate outstanding young people who desire a career in the Foreign Service. Funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University, these Fellowships prepare students to enter exciting and rewarding careers in public service as Foreign Service Officers. The Rangel Program encourages the involvement of members of minority groups and those with financial need. In this manner, it advances the goal of Secretary Rice and Congressman Rangel to create an excellent and diverse U.S. Foreign Service that represents the rich range of talents and expertise of the American people.

Application process: online 

Application requirements: 

  • Background information
  • Personal statement* (in 600 words or less) 
  • Financial aid statement* (in 400 words or less) 
  • Letters of recommendation (2): One from a community leader or other individual who can comment on the applicant's non-academic accomplishments and his/her potential; one from a faculty member. *Note: In the online application, applicants will identify recommenders, who will be contacted by the program and asked to submit letters electronically.
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship with a copy of birth certificate, certificate of U.S. citizenship or U.S. passport.
  • The Student Aid Report (SAR) generated from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form
  • GRE or GMAT Scores (copy of the report that was sent to student)
  • Official Financial Aid Statement from applicant's senior year
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities the applicant has attended for credit.

*Note: To view specific instructions and guidelines please visit:

Faculty representative: Keith Raether

National committee interview: In Washington, D.C.  In addition to the interview, finalists will be asked to prepare a writing sample.

Announcement date: The program will strive to complete the selection process and make offers to 30 fellows by mid-March.

Contact information: