National deadline: February 3, 2016

Eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. citizen
  • Full-time undergraduate student
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale at the time of application

Award summary and conditions:  The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program is a six-week summer program designed to provide undergraduates with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, a greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers. The Program usually selects 15-20 participants (known as “Rangel Scholars”) each year from universities throughout the United States. Students live at Howard University, attend classes, and participate in a variety of programs with foreign affairs professionals at Howard and at diverse locations around Washington, DC.

The Program has two major components. First, in order to enhance participants’ academic preparation to work in international affairs, the Program provides three courses that focus on enhancing knowledge and skills related to U.S. foreign policy, economics and writing. In addition, in order to provide greater insight into the foreign policy-making process and international affairs careers, the Rangel Program introduces the participants to a wide range of government and non-government professionals who work on global issues and also arranges visits to various governmental and non-governmental institutions involved in international affairs. The Program also helps students explore graduate school and professional options in international affairs.  The Program covers the costs for tuition, travel, housing, and two meals per day. It also provides a stipend of $3,200. 

Application process: online 

Application requirements:

  • Complete online application
  • Interest statement (500 words or less) that explains the applicant’s interest in international affairs and how this program will assist in pursuing this interest
  • Official transcript(s) from all colleges/universities attended 
  • Letters of recommendation (3) two of which come from faculty members and one from a community leader familiar with the applicant’s accomplishments. 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 which can be one of the following: birth certificate, certificate of U.S. citizenship or U. S. passport. 

Note: if you use a birth certificate and are selected, you will need to send a hard copy of a notarized birth certificate.  Those using passports or certificates of citizenship will have to bring originals at the start of the program. 

Faculty representative: Keith Raether

Selection process:
A panel of individuals with experience in foreign affairs and academia evaluates candidates’ applications. If selected, recipients will be asked to fill out an application to Howard University.

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