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Payne Fellowship


Application Deadline: November 1, 2021 

Open to: Seniors, alums

Award Type: Academic/ Professional
Area(s) of study: All fields, with an interest in international development
Award criteria: academic achievement; leadership; service; diversity
Award provides: Funding for two years of graduate study, internships and professional development activities, and entry into the USAID Foreign Service 
Open to international students: No

Applicants must:

  • Have a GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Be seeking admission to a two-year graduate program at a US university
  • Be willing to commit to a minimum of five years of service as a USAID Foreign Service Officer

The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program provides training for individuals interested in working on pressing global challenges through the U.S. Agency for International Development. The fellowship provides up to $90,000 for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities, along with entrance into the USAID Foreign Service. Applicants must have outstanding academic records, significant service and extracurricular involvement, outstanding leadership skills, and demonstrated interest in international development. Applicants from groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need are especially encouraged to apply.

  • Application form
  • Personal Statement
  • Statement of financial need and supporting documents
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Proof of US citizenship
  • GRE or GMAT scores
If you are interested in learning more about the application process and recommended timeline, visit our Canvas course.

If you are not currently enrolled in our Canvas course, please request registration.
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