Rangel Graduate Fellowship

The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a program that aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State in which they can help formulate, represent and implement U.S. foreign policy. The Rangel Program selects outstanding Rangel Fellows annually in a highly competitive nationwide process and supports them through two years of graduate study, internships, mentoring, and professional development activities. This program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need. Fellows who successfully complete the program and Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers, in accordance with applicable law and State Department policy.”


Applicants must

  • be U.S. citizens;
  • be seeking admission to enter graduate school in fall 2019 for a two-year program at a U.S. university in an area of relevance to the Foreign Service
  • have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale at the time of application

Period of Study

Rangel fellows should expect to complete a two-year graduate program as well as two summer internships. 


In 2019 the Rangel Program plans to award 45 fellowships of up to $84,000 for tuition, room, board, books and mandatory fees for completion of two-year master’s degrees.


Completed applications will include the following materials:

  • Personal background information
  • A personal statement 
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A statement of financial need 
  • Official financial aid award letter from the applicant’s last year of undergraduate studies
  • FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) 
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities the applicant has attended for credit
  • A copy of GRE/GMAT scores 

Additional information on these requirements and application materials are available on the Rangel Fellowship website


Applications are due October 14, 2020. 

Additional information can be found on the Rangel Fellows website


Class Year

  • Senior
  • Recent Graduate
  • Post-baccalaureate


  • Arts
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • International Affairs
  • Public Affairs/Government
  • Social Sciences
  • STEM
  • Multiple


  • English


  • Yearlong
  • Other

Program Type

  • Graduate Study
  • Professional
  • Public Service
  • Tuition Aid


  • North America
  • DC

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