The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program was established in 2000 to honor Congressman Rangel for his longstanding and vocal support for showing the world that diversity is the strength of America, as well as his example of global leadership. The goals of the program, which includes Summer Enrichment Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships, are to promote greater diversity and excellence in the U.S. Foreign Service.

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizen

  • Cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.

  • For Summer Enrichment Scholarships: Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students; at least sophomore by credit hours.

  • For Graduate Fellowships: Applicants must be seeking admission to enter graduate school in fall 2016 for a two-year program at a U.S. university.

General Information

Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program for Undergraduates
The Rangel Summer Enrichment Program is a six-week program designed to provide undergraduate students with a deeper 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 program covers the cost of tuition, room and board, and air or train travel from home/school as well as a $3,200 stipend (budget permit¬ting). The program will take place from mid-June through July 2016.

Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program
The Rangel Graduate Fellowship program aims to attract and prepare out¬standing 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 on Capitol Hill and in U.S. embassies overseas, other professional development activities, and entry into the Foreign Service. This program encourages applications from 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 for medical, security, and suitability clearances will receive appointments as U.S. Foreign Service officers.

The Rangel Fellowships provide $35,000 annually towards tuition, room and board, books and mandatory fees for completion of two-year master’s degrees. 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 school approved by the Rangel Program. A candidate’s community, academic, extracurricular, and leadership activities will be considered during the selection process.

Application Timeline

Late October 2015
Applications available online.

Mid-January 2016
Completed application must be submitted electronically for Fellowship Program.

Early February 2016
Completed application must be submitted electronically for Summer Enrichment Program.

Mid-March 2016
Finalist interviews for Fellowship candidates are held in Washington, D.C.

Late March 2016
2016 Rangel Fellows and Summer Scholars announced.