Graduate Fellowship Program Application

Application Requirements

A complete online application includes the following:

  • Background Information¬†(e.g., name, contact information, international travel).
  • A personal statement (in 600 words or less) that discusses the applicants’ reasons for applying, interest in foreign affairs, commitment to pursue a Foreign Service career and any relevant experience or information.
  • A short essay (350 words or less) in which applicants can provide an example of relevant planning and organizing skills.
  • A statement (in 400 words or less) from the applicant that discusses his/her need for financial assistance to attend graduate school, including an explanation of:
    1. The financial assistance received during undergraduate studies
    2. Overall education-related debt
    3. Ability/plans to pay for graduate school independently
  • Two letters of recommendation:
    • One from a faculty member
    • One from a community leader or other individual who can comment on the applicant’s non-academic accomplishments and his/her potential
    • ¬†Note: In the online application, applicants will identify recommenders, who will be contacted by the program and asked to submit letters electronically. Below is a copy of the recommendation letter for your reference only.
      1. Recommendation Form
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship with a copy of: (choose one)
    • Birth certificate
    • Certificate of U.S. citizenship
    • U.S. passport
    • (Note: This should be uploaded in easy to read PDF format.)
    • ** Applicants are required to bring originals to the interview if selected as a finalist.
  • Student Aid Report (SAR) generated from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form for the 2021-2022 school year (opening October 1).
    • (Note: Applicants will upload this into the application using PDF format. Please remember that the SAR often takes several days to generate after you fill out the FAFSA. You must complete the FAFSA even though you are not currently enrolled in a college or university.)
  • GRE or GMAT Scores (copy of the report sent to the student) (Optional)
    • (Note: Applicants will upload this into the application using PDF format. If an applicant has not yet taken the GRE or GMAT she/he can place “0” or “NA” in the score box and upload a document that stating their intent to take the test.)
  • Official Financial Aid Statement from your senior year, if you received financial aid.
    • (Note: Applicants will upload this into the application using PDF format. If you did not receive financial aid, you do not have to submit this.)
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities the applicant has attended for credit, including study abroad. Please upload university-generated transcripts. An official transcript would be best; a student copy is acceptable if it is in the format of an official transcript. If you are selected for an interview, you will have to bring an official transcript in a signed, sealed envelope, to the interview.
    • (Note: Applicants will upload this into the application using a PDF format.)


The 2021 Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship application period is now closed.

The program requires all documents to be submitted electronically. Should applicants have insuperable problems submitting a document electronically, they can consult with program staff about alternate methods ( However, we strongly encourage you to submit documents electronically.

Selection Process

The Rangel Program expects to award 45 fellowships in December 2020 for the 2021 cohort. A panel of individuals with experience in the U.S. Foreign Service and academia makes selections for the Rangel Program. A candidate’s community, academic, extracurricular, and leadership activities will be considered during the selection process. Consideration will be given to qualified applicants who, in addition to outstanding leadership skills and academic achievement, demonstrate financial need.

The Rangel selection panel will choose approximately 90 finalists by the end of November. The Rangel Program staff will communicate decisions by email to both successful and unsuccessful applicants by mid to late November. Candidates selected for final consideration will complete a writing exercise on November 30 and December 1, and will interview virtually on December 2 and 3. The program will complete the selection process and make offers to 45 fellows by mid-December 2020.