You are here: Home / Student Support / Advising / Fellowship Advising / List of Fellowships / Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship Program

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship Program

Provides funding and internship experience for students interested in a career in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State.


The Charles B. Rangel Fellowship is a new, prestigious award for two years of graduate or professional schooling in international affairs, plus enrichment study at Howard University in Washington, D.C., internships in Congress and overseas, and eventual appointment to the U.S. Foreign Service. The award strives toward the goal of a diverse U.S. Foreign Service representing the uniquely rich range of talents and expertise of the American people.

Administered by the Ralph J. Bunche Center at Howard University, the award may be used at most accredited graduate or professional schools toward a degree in international affairs or a related subject. At the conclusion of two years of study, the Rangel Fellow is expected to obtain a degree in international affairs or a related subject (such as public administration, public policy, business administration, foreign languages, economics, political science, communications) at a graduate or professional school approved by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center.


SEE ALSO:  Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes, Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship, NSEP Boren Scholarships for Study Abroad, NSEP Boren Graduate Fellowship, NSEP Language Flagship Fellowships

Selection Criteria

 A candidate’s community, academic, other extracurricular, and leadership activities will be considered during the selection process.  Consideration will also be given to qualified applicants who, in addition to outstanding leadership skills and academic achievement, demonstrate financial need. Applicants should carefully review the Foreign Service requirements for medical, security and suitability clearances (see ). Applicants are expected to undertake the steps necessary to complete the process of applying for a Foreign Service Officer position. The Program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service. 


Applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be in their senior year of undergraduate study or have completed their degree by the June preceeding the begining of the program.
  • Have a 3.2 gpa or higher.
  • Be willing to commit to a minimum of three years of service in an appointment as a Foreign Service Officer.  Candidates who do not successfully complete the Rangel Program and the subsequent three year service obligation may be subject to a reimbursement obligation.


The scholarship provides $28,000 annually, in addition to support for two internships and related program activities. 


The scholarship provides funding for two years of graduate study.  Rangel Fellows will also participate in two internships. The first, a domestic internship on Capitol Hill, will occur in the summer before the Fellow begins the degree program. The second will be an overseas internship in a U. S. embassy, which takes place during the summer between the first and second years of graduate study. Fellows will receive mentoring from a Foreign Service Officer throughout the duration of the fellowship as well as during their early employment at the State Department.

For more information:

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship Program