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Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program, 2019

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is inviting applications for Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Program. The fellowship is available to pursue a two-year degree in the area of international affairs or another area of relevance.

The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to attract outstanding young people who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

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Student Aid Report (SAR) generated from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is required to be submitted.

Description:

  • Application Deadline: November 1st, 2019
  • Course Level: Fellowship is available to pursue a t wo-year degree at a graduate or professional school approved by the Payne Program. Payne Fellows will participate in two internships i.e. domestic internships in Washington DC for approximately ten weeks and an ten weeks overseas internship at a USAID Mission overseas.
  • Study Subject: 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.
  • Award: The Payne Fellowship Program awards ten fellowships valued at up to $48,000 annually for a two-year program.  The award includes up to $22,000 per year toward tuition and mandatory fees for completion of a two-year master’s degree at a U.S. institution; a $16,000 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 (see below).
  • Number of Awards: Ten fellowships are available.
  • Nationality: U.S. citizens
  • The award can be taken in USA and overseas (ten weeks internship at a USAID Mission overseas)

Eligibility::

  • Eligible Countries: U.S. citizens are eligible to apply.
  • Entrance Requirements: Applicants must:
    • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
    • Applicants must be seeking admission to enter graduate school in the fall of 2020 for a two-year program at a U.S. university.  They can be in the senior year of their undergraduate studies, graduating by June 2020, 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.

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Application Procedure:

How to Apply: A completed 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 applicant’s reasons for applying, interest in foreign affairs, commitment to pursue a USAID Foreign Service career and any relevant experience or information.
  • 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 who is well acquainted with the individual
  • One from a community leader or other individual who can comment on the applicant’s non-academic accomplishments and his/her potential to serve as a USAID Foreign Service Officer.
  • 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.

Sample recommendation form (PDF format)

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.  Applicants should try to use 2018 financial data, but 2017 data is acceptable if 2018 data is not available.

  • Note: Applicants will upload this into the application using either Word of PDF format.

GRE or GMAT Scores (Applicants should upload a copy of the report sent to them.)

  • Note:  Applicants will upload this into the application using either Word or PDF format.)

Official Financial Aid Statement from your senior year, if you received financial aid.

  • Note: Applicants will upload this into the application using either Word or PDF format. If you did not receive financial aid, you do not have to submit this.

Official Transcripts from all colleges and universities the applicant has attended for credit. Please use a school-generated transcript.  An official transcript is best; a student copy is acceptable if it is in the format of an official transcript.  (If selected for an interview, you will have to bring an official transcript, in a sealed envelope, to the interview.)

  • Note: Applicants will upload this into the application using either Word or PDF format.

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