Donald M. Payne Fellow

Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship

About the organization

The Payne Fellowship encourages the application of individuals from historically underrepresented groups in the Foreign Service as well as those with financial need. The fellowship is a pathway for US citizens interested in International Development and Relations to work in the USAID Foreign Service. Applicants must be under the age of 58 planning to attend a US institution for a two-year graduate program. Applicants must apply for the fellowship the year before they commence graduate school; therefore, the application cycle for people starting graduate school in Fall 2024 is now open. The deadline for all application materials is October 26, 2023. Please visit our website for information on the fellowship.


Payne Fellows must maintain a 3.2 GPA or higher during their graduate program and complete various tasks assigned by the program staff and USAID. Fellows will be assigned to two summer positions, one in a congressional office (the summer before the first year of graduate school) and an overseas assignment at a USAID post (the summer between the first and second year of graduate school).


Applicants must be planning to attend a US institution for a two-year graduate program within the next year.


$104,000 over two years.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Please be sure that all documents are legible and are in English. If the document is not in English, please provide an official translation of the document with the original copy.

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