AMOUNT: UP TO $95,000

The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a program that aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service in which they can help formulate, represent and implement U.S. foreign policy.  Beginning in 2015, the Rangel Program will select 30 outstanding Rangel Fellows annually in a highly competitive nationwide process and helps support them through two years of graduate study, internships and professional development activities, and entry into the Foreign Service.  This program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need.  Fellows who successfully complete the program and Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers, one of the most exciting and rewarding careers available.

Rangel Fellows are committed to serving their country and promoting positive change globally.  Individuals who have successfully completed the Rangel Program are now making a difference in countries throughout the world, including Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Venezuela, South Africa, Nigeria, Angola, China, Korea, Bangladesh, Spain and Ireland.


  • Be a U.S. citizen at the time of application

  • Must be seeking admission to a U.S graduate two-year program beginning the coming fall

  • Can be an undergraduate senior graduating by June 2015 or college graduates

  • Must be able to fulfill two summer internship obligations

  • Minimum 3.2 GPA


  1. Submit online application with official Financial Aid Statement, Student Aid Report and GRE scores

Tips for a competitive application:

  1. Review all application requirements for the fellowship to ensure you are eligible and prepared.
  2. Clearly explain in your statement of interest your motivations for applying for the fellowship and identify the background, experiences, skills, and motivation that you believe will make you successful in the Foreign Service.
  3. Demonstrate a strong academic background.
  4. Obtain strong letters of recommendation.
  5. Demonstrate the need for financial assistance to attend graduate school.
  6. Include in your application all relevant extracurricular, community, or volunteer experiences and highlight any leadership roles in these efforts.
  7. List all relevant college or university honors and awards.
  8. Proofread all aspects of your application carefully; submit all application materials on time.
  9. Contact the Rangel Program staff if you have any questions after reviewing the website.

number of recipients: 30