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Subject: Reminder: USAID and State Department Foreign Service Scholarships

Description:
State Department Foreign Service Scholarships
Francis DuVinage, Director – Leslie Brice, Coordinator –
www.scholarships.umd.edu

Are you aiming at a career in Diplomacy or International Development? Are you
interested in joining the Foreign Service of the US Department of State or
the US Agency for International Development (USAID)?

The Pickering, Payne, and Rangel Fellowship programs seek young men and women
who are dedicated to representing America's interests abroad. Students with
evidence of financial need (such as Pell Grants or subsidized loans) are
encouraged to apply. Members of minority groups historically underrepresented
in the State Department or USAID Foreign Services, including those who have
financial need, are encouraged to apply. Pickering, Payne, and Rangel awards
provide financial support for two years of graduate study (and one year of
undergraduate study also for junior-year Pickering awardees), as well as
summer internship placements and mentoring programs. See more detailed
information below.

Who can apply: U.S. Citizens; GPA of 3.2 or higher required; Graduating
Seniors and Recent Grads are eligible to apply for Pickering, Payne, and
Rangel Fellowships; Juniors are eligible to apply for the Pickering
Undergraduate Fellowship; full-time undergraduate students who are eligible
to apply for the Rangel Summer Enrichment program. Students with evidence of
financial need (such as Pell Grants or subsidized loans) are encouraged to
apply. Members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the State
Department or USAID Foreign Services, including those who have financial
need, are encouraged to apply.

PLEASE NOTE: Successful Pickering, Payne, 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.

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FOR SENIORS, JUNIORS, SOPHOMORES, AND ADVANCED FRESHMEN:

RANGEL INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM
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 $3,200 stipend
for the program.
Application Deadline: Deadlines: February 3, 2016

FOR JUNIORS:

PICKERING UNDERGRADUATE FOREIGN AFFAIRS FELLOWSHIP
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 five years of service in an
appointment as a Foreign Service officer.
Application Deadline: January 15, 2016

FOR GRADUATING SENIORS AND RECENT GRADUATES:

PAYNE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP
The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship
Program seeks to attract outstanding young people who are interested in
pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International
Development (USAID). If you want to work on the front lines of some of the
most pressing global challenges of our times — poverty, hunger, injustice,
disease, environmental degradation, climate change, conflict and violent
extremism – the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International
Development provides an opportunity to advance U.S. foreign policy interests
and reflect the American people's compassion and support of human dignity.
The Payne Fellowship, which provides up to $90,000 in benefits over two years
for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities,
provides a unique pathway to the USAID Foreign Service.
Application Deadline: January 19, 2016

PICKERING GRADUATE FOREIGN AFFAIRS FELLOWSHIP
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 five years of service in an appointment as a Foreign Service officer.
Application Deadline: January 15, 2016

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 master’s degree is
committed to a minimum of five years of service in an appointment as a
Foreign Service Officer.
Application Deadline: January 13, 2016
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Leslie Brice, Ph.D.
National Scholarships Office
2403 Marie Mount Hall
College Park, MD 20742
301.314.1289
www.scholarships.umd.edu

Contact Person: Francis Duvinage
Contact Email: [log in to unmask]