Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program


The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a program that aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State in which they can help formulate, represent, and implement U.S. foreign policy. The Rangel Program selects outstanding Rangel Fellows annually in a highly competitive nationwide process and supports them through two years of graduate study, internships, mentoring, and professional development activities. This program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need. Fellows who successfully complete the program and Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers, in accordance with applicable law and State Department policy.

Rangel Fellows are committed to serving their country and promoting positive change globally. Individuals who have successfully completed the Rangel Program are now making a difference in countries throughout the world, including Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Venezuela, South Africa, Nigeria, Angola, China, Korea, Bangladesh, Spain, and Ireland.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.
  • Be seeking admission to enter graduate school in the following academic year for a two-year program at a U.S. university in an area of relevance to the Foreign Service. Applicants can be undergraduate seniors or college graduates.

How to Apply

Apply online on the Charles B. Rangel website.

Campus Contact

Past Award Recipients and Honorees







Field(s) of Study





Sophie May


French and Political Science

Buffalo, NY