Rangel International Affairs Program Accepting Applications For 2011 Fellowships

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program is now accepting applications for its 2011 graduate fellowships.

The program seeks applicants who are interested in pursuing careers as Foreign Service Officers for the U.S. Department of State. The fellowship is open to college undergraduate seniors and recent graduates who want to begin two-year master’s programs in the fall of 2011.

In March 2011, the program will select twenty Rangel Fellows who will receive up to $90,000 in benefits over two years to fund tuition, mandatory fees, and living expenses for completion of two-year master’s degrees, as well as summer internships to promote professional development.

Founded by Congressman Rangel in 2002, the Rangel International Affairs Program has awarded more than 80 graduate fellowships to attend universities across the country. So far, 43 former fellows have been sworn in as members of the diplomatic corps, representing the U.S. as Foreign Service Officers in 31 countries.

“More than ever, we need these young people to be among those representing America around the world,” Congressman Rangel said. “They bring new ideas, and they also prove that America’s elite are no longer those who were born into privilege. Rather, they are taking advantage of an opportunity to work their way up to an elite profession.”

Rangel Fellows may use the fellowship to fund graduate studies of international affairs, or related subjects, such as public administration, business administration or public policy, at U.S. universities. Those who successfully complete the program receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers upon graduation, embarking on one of the most exciting and rewarding careers in government.

The program encourages applications from members of minority groups, historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and those with financial need. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship, plans to enter graduate school in fall 2011, and a minimum 3.2 GPA.

The application deadline is January 21, 2011.

Additional information about the Rangel Program and specific application requirements are available at http://www.rangelprogram.org.

2 Comments

  1. Casey says:

    Thanks for putting this up, I had no idea something like this was available!

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