October 31, 2012

Rangel Graduate Fellowships for Outstanding Young Minorities in the USA

Rangel Graduate Fellowships Program

Course(s) Offered: International affairs or related
Course Level: Graduate (fellowships)
Provider: USA Government
Country to Study in: USA

Scholarship Description
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.

Each year, the Rangel Program selects 20 outstanding Rangel Fellows 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.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Applicants must be seeking admission to enter graduate school in the fall of 2013 for a two-year program at a U.S. university. They can be in their senior year of their undergraduate studies, graduating by June 2013, or they can be college graduates.

Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.

Eligible groups
Targeted at American citizens

Participating Institutions
Any American graduate or professional school approved by the Rangel Program

Fields of study
International affairs or another area of relevance to the work of the Foreign Service (such as public administration, public policy, business administration, foreign languages, economics, political science, or communications)

Number of awards
Twenty (20) will be given every year

Sponsorship duration
Whole duration of study - two years of graduate study.

At the conclusion of two years of study, the Rangel Fellow is expected to have obtained a degree in international affairs or another area of relevance to the work of the Foreign Service (such as public administration, public policy, business administration, foreign languages, economics, political science, or communications) at a graduate or professional school approved by the Rangel Program.

Awardees are expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 throughout their period of study.

Scholarship benefits
Awards fellowships of up to $35,000 annually towards tuition, room, board, books and mandatory fees for completion of two-year master's degrees.

Method of Application
A completed online application, which includes the following:
  • Background information (e.g., name, contact information, international travel).
  • A personal statement (in 600 words or less) that discusses the applicants' reasons for applying, interest in foreign affairs, commitment to pursue a Foreign Service career and any relevant experience or information.
  • A statement (in 400 words or less) from the applicant that discusses his/her need for financial assistance to attend graduate school
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship with a copy of: (choose one)
  • Student Aid Report (SAR) generated from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
  • GRE of GMAT Scores (copy of report sent to student)
  • Official Financial Aid Statement from your senior year, if you received financial aid.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities the applicant has attended for credit. Please use university-generated transcripts. An official transcript would be best; a student copy is acceptable if it is in the format of an official transcript. If you are selected for an interview, you will have to bring an official transcript, in a signed, sealed envelope, to the interview.
The program expects to have all documents to be submitted electronically. Should applicants have insuperable problems submitting a document electronically, they can consult with program staff about alternate methods (rangelprogram@howard.edu) However, you are strongly encouraged you to submit documents electronically.

The deadline date is in mid-January every year. For the current year, the fellowship application deadline is 18th January 2013.

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.

For all inquiries: James McDowell, Rangel Program Assistant (202) 806-4367 or rangelprogram@howard.edu

Application Deadline: 18 January 2013
Open to International students: No (ONLY Americans)

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