USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship

The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program

About the organization

The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program identifies and trains outstanding individuals for careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Named in honor of longtime development champion, the late Congressman Donald M. Payne, the program is funded by USAID and administered by Howard University. The Payne Fellowship encourages the application of members of historically underrepresented groups in international development careers and those with financial need.

Selected through a rigorous nationwide competition every year, Payne Fellows attend U.S. graduate programs throughout the country, participate in professional development activities in Washington D.C. and complete internships on Capitol Hill and at USAID Missions abroad.

Duties

Program Benefits:

* An orientation to the Program and the USAID Foreign Service at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
*Support for graduate studies of up to $38,000 per year for a two year program.
*Up to $10,000 per year in stipend, housing, transportation and related expenses for summer internships.
* Mentoring from a USAID Foreign Service Officer.
*Employment in the USAID Foreign Service for those who successfully complete the program and meet Foreign Service entry requirements, in accordance with applicable laws and USAID policy, with each Fellow committing to a minimum of five years of service.

Qualifications

Eligibility Requirements:

*U.S. citizenship.
*Seeking admission to a two-year graduate school program at a U.S. university in the Fall of 2020. *Applicants may be in the senior year of their undergraduate studies, graduating by June 2020, or they may be college graduates with years of professional experience.
*Cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.
*Applicants may be in the senior year of their undergraduates studies, graduating by June 2020, or they may be college graduates with years of professional experience.

Salary

N/A

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

A completed online application includes the following:

Background Information
A personal statement
A statement on need for financial assistance
Two letters of recommendation
Proof of U.S. citizenship
Student Aid Report (SAR) generated from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Official Financial Aid Statement from senior year
Official Transcripts from ALL colleges and universities the applicant has attended for credit.

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