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Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program

The Rangel Program is a collaborative effort between Howard University and the U.S. State Department that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. The program seeks individuals interested in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world through formulating, representing, and implementing U.S. foreign policy.

The Program offers thirty (30) graduate fellowships to outstanding seniors and college graduates who want to join the Foreign Service. These fellowships help finance two-year graduate programs, provide paid internships and other professional development activities, and facilitate entry into the Foreign Service for individuals who are able to complete the Foreign Service entry requirements. The deadline for the graduate fellowship is usually in September, and candidates must be concurrently applying for admission to an eligible graduate program to begin the following fall.

The Rangel Program also accepts 15-20 undergraduate students to participate in the six-week Summer Enrichment Program that provides undergraduate students with an appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, a greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs, and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers. The application deadline for the summer program is usually in early February, and applicants must be at least sophomores at the time of application. Graduating seniors are eligible to apply, as long as they are still enrolled as an undergraduate student at the time of application.

Both programs are competitive and seek applicants with a strong academic background, a commitment to service, and an interest in making a difference in the world around them.

Last updated Fall 2021.

Fields of Study:

  • Business and Law
  • Education
  • Health
  • Social Sciences and Humanities


  • United States
  • Africa
  • Asia & Pacific
  • Europe
  • North America
  • South America

Program Type:

  • Professional Opportunity
  • Service
  • Study
  • Travel


  • US Citizen

Program Length:

  • 6 weeks (summer program); 2 years (graduate fellowship)


  • Graduate Fellowship Program: September; Summer Enrichment Program: February 

Special Considerations:

  • Extreme financial need
  • Underrepresented racial or ethnic group
  • Female

Degree Level:

  • Undergrad
  • Post UG
  • Graduate

GPA Cut Off:

  • 3.2


  • Summer Enrichment Program:$3,200 stipend + tuition, travel, housing, 2 meals/day; Grad Fellowships Program: up to $37,500 annually