Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program, a collaborative effort between Howard University and the U.S. Department of State, seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people who have an interest in pursuing careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State.  The program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need.  The fellowship provides up to $95,000 over two years for tuition, fees, and stipends for a two-year master’s degree.  The fellowship arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at U.S. embassies, and provides mentoring and professional development support for individuals wishing to become Foreign Service Officers. At the conclusion of two years of study, the Rangel Fellow is expected to have obtained a master’s degree in an area of relevance to the work of the Foreign Service.  Fellows who successfully complete the Rangel Program and Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers with the U.S. Department of State.

Eligibility & Qualifications

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens
  • Applicants must be seeking admission to enter graduate school in the fall of 2019.  They can be in the senior year of undergraduate studies, graduating by June of 2019, or they can be college graduates.
  • Applicants need a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher at the time of application

Application Procedures & Selection Criteria

The Rangel program expects to award 30 fellowships in 2017.  The selection panel will consider candidate’s statements of interest, academic work, letters of recommendation, and honors and awards, as well as their community, extracurricular and leadership activities.  Consideration will be given to qualified applicants who, in addition to outstanding leadership skills and academic achievement, demonstrate financial needUniversity.

  • A completed Rangel application form
  • Transcripts for every college orof university attended
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Proof of citizenship
  • GRE/GMAT scores
  • Statements of interest
  • Student Aid Report
  • Official Financial Aid Statement from your senior year, if you received financial aid


The application can be found on the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program website, , and must be submitted by September 17, 2018.  The selection panel will choose finalists at the end of February 2019, and the program will arrange transportation for finalists to Washington, D.C. for interviews.  Selections are normally completed by the end of March.


Arthur D. Casciato, Ph.D.

Director, Office of Distinguished Fellowships

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey