Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program Graduate Fellowships

Multiple Locations,
United States
Term: Academic Year

Prepares outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State.

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship offers fellowships that seek to attract and prepare young people for careers in International Affairs.The Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program provides benefits annually toward tuition, fees and living expenses for a two-year master’s degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and U.S. embassies, and provides professional development and support activities for those who want to become Foreign Service Officers in the U.S. Department of State.

Fellows may use the fellowship to attend any two-year master’s program in a U.S. institution to study an area of relevance to the Foreign Service, including international relations, public policy, public administration, languages, or business administration.

Additional program benefits include:

  • Two summer internships: The first, an internship working on international issues for members of Congress in Washington, D.C., will occur in the summer after being selected and before the first year of graduate study. The second will be an overseas internship in a U. S. Embassy or Consulate that takes place during the summer between the first and second years of graduate study.
  • Mentoring: Each Fellow will receive mentoring from a Foreign Service Officer throughout the duration of the fellowship.
  • Employment: At the end of the two-year fellowship, Fellows enter the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State with a contractual agreement committing each Rangel Fellow to a minimum of five years of service as a Foreign Service Officer.


Applicants must be college seniors or graduates looking to start graduate school in the fall of the year they apply, have GPAs of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale and be U.S. citizens.

The program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need.

Fact Sheet

Foreign Language Learning, Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM
Columbia Alumna/us, Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Senior, U.S. Citizen
Fellowship Type:
Postgraduate Degree-Seeking, Public Service
Multiple Locations,
United States
North America
Academic Year

Dates & Deadlines

Academic Year
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, September 29, 2021