Rangel Graduate Fellowship

Funding for 2 years of postgraduate study for two-year master’s degrees in international affairs or another area of relevance to the work of the Foreign Service.

The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a collaborative effort between Howard University and U.S. State Department that aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. The program encourages students from minority groups, historically underrepresented in the Foreign service, women, and those with financial need to apply. Fellow are interested in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world through formulating, representing, and implementing U.S. foreign policy. The award includes funding for tuition, room and board, books and mandatory fees for completion of 2-year master’s degrees in international affairs or a related field to the work of the Foreign Service. Upon successful completion of a 2-year master’s degree, fellows commit to a minimum 5-year service in the U.S. Department of State.


  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Seeking admission to enter graduate school in the fall for a 2-year program at a U.S. university in an area of relevance to the Foreign Service
    • Public administration
    • Public policy
    • Business administration
    • Foreign languages
    • Economics
    • Political science or communications
  • Have a GPA of 3.2 or higher


  • ~45 per year

Selection Criteria:

  • Community activities
  • Academic excellence
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Leadership skills and potential
  • Demonstrated financial need

Application Material:

  • Rangel Graduate Fellowship Application
  • Personal Statement
  • Short essay
  • Financial Assistance Statement
  • 2 letters of recommendation
    • 1 from a faculty member
    • 1 from a community leader or other individual who can comment on the applicant’s non-academic accomplishments and their potential
  • Student Aid Report
  • Optional GRE or GMAT scores
  • Official Financial Aid Statement from your senior year, if you received financial aid

NOTE: Rangel Fellows who obtain a master’s degree are committed to a minimum of 5 years of service. Candidates who do not successfully complete the Rangel Program and the subsequent 5-year service obligation may be subject to a reimbursement obligation


External deadline: October 14, 2020 by 9:59 pm MST


October 14, 2020: National deadline

Late October: Notification of finalist selection

Late November: 90 finalists are selected

Early December: Interviews

Mid-December: Notification of selection

Length of Scholarship: 2 years

Scholarship Website: http://rangelprogram.org/graduate-fellowship-program/

Contact Information:

Director: Ginger Smoak: ginger.smoak@utah.edu

Advisor: Alison Shimko: a.shimko@honors.utah.edu