The Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University is pleased to advise you of the launch of USAID’s Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship program, announced by USAID on March 2, 2012.   This initiative is designed to promote excellence and diversity in the USAID Foreign Service.

The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship seeks outstanding young people interested in careers in international development as USAID Foreign Service Officers.  The Payne Fellowship Program provides benefits valued at up to $90,000 over two years to fund a two-year master’s degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at USAID missions overseas, and provides professional development and support activities.  Fellows who successfully complete the program become USAID Foreign Service Officers.  Fellows may use the fellowship to attend a two-year master’s program in a U.S. institution to study an area of relevance to the USAID Foreign Service, including international development, international relations, public policy, business administration, foreign languages, economics, agriculture, environmental sciences, health, or urban planning at a graduate or professional school approved by the Payne Program.   At the end of the two-year fellowship, Fellows enter the USAID Foreign Service. 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 and be U.S. citizens. The program welcomes applications from those with any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the USAID Foreign Service and those with financial need.  Information and application materials for the program are available at  The application deadline is January 23, 2013.  The Program is funded by USAID and managed by Howard University.

Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Program Howard University 202-806-4367; 877-633-0002



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