What to Know Now: Graduate School Fellowship Funding- Fall deadlines

Are you a Senior thinking about Graduate School in your future and looking for funding ideas? Check out the many options (note the various deadlines) below and you can seek guidance and tips about your applications from the Career Center and Office of Scholar Development:

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program is now accepting applications for the 2024 Fellowship! Be sure to submit your application by September 21, 2023. The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program is a program funded by the U.S. Department of State, administered by Howard University, that attracts and prepares outstanding young people for Foreign Service careers in the U.S. Department of State.   It welcomes the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the State Department, women, and those with a demonstrated financial need for graduate school.

The Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program is now accepting applications for the 2024 Fellowship! Be sure to submit your application by: Thursday September 28, 2023 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. This 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

Payne Fellowship Program

The Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to attract outstanding individuals who want to work on the front lines of some of the most pressing global challenges – poverty, hunger, injustice, disease, environmental degradation, climate change, conflict and violent extremism – through the Foreign Service of the US Agency for International Development. The award includes funding toward tuition and fees for completion of a two-year master’s degree at a US institution; a stipend for room, board, books and other education-related expenses; and a stipend for housing, transportation, and related expenses for summer internships. Payne Fellows participate in two internships (in DC and with a USAID Mission abroad). Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher. US Citizens. Deadline: October 26, 2023

AAUW Career Development Grants
Career Development Grants from the American Association of University Women provide funding to women who hold a bachelor’s degree and are preparing to advance/change careers or re-enter the workforce. Primary consideration is given to women of color and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents whose last degree was received before June 30, 2016. Funds are available for tuition, fees, books, supplies, local transportation and dependent care. Grants support course work beyond a bachelor’s degree, including a master’s degree, second bachelor’s degree, certification program, or specialized training in technical or professional fields. Deadline: November 15, 2023

Be sure to check out The Office of Scholar Development helpful resources below too:

Prestigious Nationally Competitive Awards

Graduate Fellowships Database

Scholarships for Underrepresented Students

Non-US Citizen Opportunities

By Kelly Roberts
Kelly Roberts Assistant Director