Charles B Rangel International Affairs Fellowship Program

Description: 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. 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.

Rangel Fellows will 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.

Dollar Value: The Rangel awards fellows up to $34,000 scholarship annually plus support for internships and related program activities.

Number of Fellowships: There up to 20 awards granted each year.


  • Only US Citizens will be considered as applicants.
  • Applicants must be in the senior year of their undergraduate study or have completed their undergraduate degree by June. Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.
  • Consideration will be given to qualified applicants who, in addition to outstanding leadership skills and academic achievement, demonstrate financial need.
  • A candidate's community, academic, other extracurricular, and leadership activities will be considered during the selection process.

Application Procedures: Fill out the application available online. Applicants will also need two letters of recommendation, a personal statement, financial statement, and examples of writing skills.

Deadline: January 18, 2013

Program Contact:

Mail to:

Patricia H. Scroggs, Director
Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program
Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center
Howard University
2218 6th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20059


For inquiries contact:

Erica Lee
Phone: 202-806-4367;
Fax: 202-387-6951

Fellowships Coordinator:

Scott Handley, Honors College, University Hall 212