The USAID Donald Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship is now accepting applications for the 2020 Cohort of Payne Fellows.  The Payne Fellowship seeks to attract and prepare outstanding individuals for careers as USAID Foreign Service Officers.  Candidates can be graduating seniors or college graduates with strong academic records and a desire to promote positive change in the world. The Payne program encourages the application of members of historically  underrepresented  groups in  the  Foreign  Service  and those  with  financial  need.  Selected  fellows  will  receive support  for  graduate  school  and  gain  employment  with USAID. More info and application online at

Program Benefits

  • Orientation in Washington, D.C. in late spring 2020
  • Two summer internships, one on Capitol Hill in summer 2020 and one
  • overseas at a USAID Mission in summer 2021.
  • Up to $22,000 annually toward tuition, fees and living expenses for a two-year master’s degree in fields related to the Foreign Service such as development, economics, public administration, business administration, global health, agriculture, or environmental science  at a U.S.-based
  • institution.
  • Mentoring from a Foreign Service Officer.
  • Employment in the USAID Foreign Service for those who successfully
  • complete the program and meet Foreign Service entry requirements;
  • minimum of five years of service commitment.
  • Eligibility requirements
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Seeking admission to graduate school in fall 2020 for a two-year program in an area of relevance to the Foreign Service at a U.S.-based institution
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application

About the USAID Foreign Service
USAID Foreign Service Officers work on the front lines of pressing global challenges, including poverty, hunger, injustice, disease, environmental degradation, climate change, conflict and violent extremism. USAID
Foreign Service Officers are stationed in Washington and in more than 75countries in five regions worldwide.