State Department Foreign Service Scholarships
Francis DuVinage, Director Leslie Brice, Coordinator www.scholarships.umd.edu
Are you interested in joining the Foreign Service of the US Department of State? The Pickering and Rangel programs seek young men and women who are dedicated to representing America's interests abroad. Pickering and Rangel awards provide financial support for two years of graduate study (and one years of undergraduate study also for junior-year awardees), as well as summer internship placements and mentoring programs. Juniors, Graduating Seniors and Recent Grads who are U.S. Citizens are eligible to apply for Pickering and Rangel Fellowships; interested full-time undergraduate students are eligible to apply for the Rangel Summer Enrichment program. Students with financial need, women, and members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, are especially encouraged to apply.
PLEASE NOTE: Successful Pickering and Rangel Foreign Affairs Fellowship applicants are obligated to complete a minimum term of service in an appointment as a Foreign Service officer. The service obligation DOES NOT apply to Summer Enrichment program participants. See more details about each program below.
INFORMATION SESSIONS: Learn more about the Pickering and Rangel Foreign Service programs by attending an information workshop at the National Scholarships Office. Please RSVP to [log in to unmask] for the session you plan to attend if you are interested but cannot attend, please write us at the same address.
Tuesday, November 15 at 4:00 pm 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Thursday, November 17 at 3:00 pm 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Friday, November 18 at 4:00 pm 2403 Marie Mount Hall
FOR GRADUATING SENIORS AND RECENT GRADUATES:
PICKERING GRADUATE FOREIGN AFFAIRS FELLOWSHIP
Who can apply: US Citizens Graduating Seniors, Recent Graduates 3.2 GPA or higher required All Majors Students with financial need, women, and members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, are encouraged to apply.
Description: The Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship program provides funding to outstanding students who are planning to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service. The Pickering Fellowship provides financial support to for two-year master's degree programs in public policy, international affairs, public administration, or academic fields such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages. The program also provides State Department mentoring and internship opportunities. Each successful candidate is obligated to a minimum of three years of service in an appointment as a Foreign Service officer.
Application Deadline: January 30, 2012
RANGEL INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP
Who Can Apply: US Citizens Graduating Seniors, Recent Graduates GPA of 3.2 or higher required All Majors Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.
Description: 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, 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 creating an excellent and diverse U.S. Foreign Service that represents the rich range of talents and expertise of the American people. Each Rangel Fellow who obtains a masters degree is committed to a minimum of three years of service in an appointment as a Foreign Service Officer.
Application Deadline: January 20, 2012
PICKERING UNDERGRADUATE FOREIGN AFFAIRS FELLOWSHIP
Who Can Apply: US Citizens Juniors GPA of 3.2 or higher required All majors Students with financial need, women, and members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, are encouraged to apply.
Description: The Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship program was created by the US State Department to attract outstanding students from all ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds who are interested in pursuing careers as Foreign Service officers. Foreign Service officers staff U.S. embassies, consulates, and missions worldwide and also serve in Washington, D.C. Their responsibilities include policy analysis, formulation, and execution; management of resources; the provision of services to Americans in need; implementation of U.S. immigration and nationality law; trade promotion and business facilitation; public diplomacy; and representation of U.S. interests. The Pickering Fellowship program seeks to recruit talented juniors majoring in fields relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. Each successful candidate is obligated to a minimum of three years of service in an appointment as a Foreign Service officer.
Application Deadline: February 3, 2012
FOR SENIORS, JUNIORS, SOPHOMORES, AND ADVANCED FRESHMEN
RANGEL INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM
Who Can Apply: U.S. Citizens Full-time undergraduate students (Freshmen see note below) GPA of 3.2 or higher required All Majors Students with financial need, women, and members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, are encouraged to apply. IMPORTANT: The selection committee my consider students who have completed their freshman year if these students have outstanding academic backgrounds and significant international experience.
Description: The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program is designed to provide students with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs, and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers. The Program encourages the involvement of African American and other minority group students. Students who take part in the Program are referred to as Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Scholars (Rangel Scholars). This program takes place at Howard University in Washington DC for six weeks beginning in mid-June. It includes academic courses and additional seminars and visits to give students exposure to key policymakers and practitioners of international affairs.
Academics: During this program, students receive intensive instruction in three courses: Political Economy, History of U.S. Foreign Relations and Writing. Nine semester hours of academic credit may be awarded.
Outside Activities: To enhance their understanding of the conduct of U.S. foreign policy and international career options, Program participants meet with Executive Branch policymakers, Members of Congress, representatives of non-governmental organizations, foreign government officials and other individuals involved in international relations. In recent years, participants have visited the State Department, Capitol Hill, the Central Intelligence Agency, the World Bank, the United Nations, the Pentagon and the National Foreign Affairs Training Center. Award Amount: Students who are accepted receive tuition, travel, room and board, as well as a $3,500 stipend for the program.
Application Deadline: Deadlines: February 10, 2012