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Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program, 2021

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.


  • Application Deadline: November 1st, 2020
  • Course Level: Fellowship is available to pursue a two-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 a 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. The 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.
  • Number of Awards: Ten fellowships are available.
  • Nationality: U.S. citizens
  • The award can be taken in the USA and overseas (ten weeks internship at a USAID Mission overseas)


  • 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 2021 for a two-year program at a U.S. university.  They can be in the senior year of their undergraduate studies, graduating
  • 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:
  • The financial assistance received during undergraduate studies
  • Overall education-related debt
  • Ability/plans to pay for graduate school independently

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