The research areas of this scholarship are: Fellowship is awarded for graduate program in the area of international affairs or another area of relevance to the work of the Foreign Service, such as international development, public administration, public policy, business administration, foreign languages, economics, political science, communications, agriculture, environmental sciences, or urban planning. Internship is available for working on international issues in Washington, DC.
Who can apply to this scholarship?
· Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
· Applicants must be seeking admission to enter graduate school in the fall of 2015 for a two
· year program at a U.S. university. They can be in the senior year of their undergraduate studies, graduating by June 2015, or they can be college graduates.
· Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.
Benefits of the scholarship: The Payne Fellowship, which provides up to $90,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities, provides a unique pathway to the USAID Foreign Service. The award includes up to $20,000 per year toward tuition and mandatory fees for completion of a two-year master’s degree at a U.S. institution; a $15,000 stipend for each academic year for room, board, books and other education-related expenses; and up to $10,000 per year in stipend, housing, transportation, and related expenses for summer internships.
More information about the fellowship:
Duration: Fellowship is awarded for two years. All new Fellows arrive in Washington in mid-May to participate in an orientation program that introduces them to the program and their USAID Foreign Service career. Fellows then begin domestic internships in Washington DC for approximately ten weeks. In addition, the Fellows take part in various meetings at Howard University and trips to institutions involved in international development to learn more about foreign policy formulation and implementation. In mid-August, the Fellows disperse to attend graduate school in approved programs throughout the United States. In the summer between their first and second years of graduate school, Payne Fellows participate in a 10-week overseas internship at a USAID Mission overseas.
Number of scholarships: The Payne Program expects to award five fellowships in 2015.