Syracuse University

Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising

Rangel Graduate Fellowship

About the Rangel Graduate Fellowship

To attract and prepare historically underrepresented students for entry into the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service.
What exactly is the Foreign Service? The mission of a U.S. diplomat in the Foreign Service is to promote peace, support prosperity, and protect American citizens while advancing the interests of the U.S. abroad. Foreign Service officers work in a variety of positions and tracks around the globe, but generally, serving as a U.S. diplomat requires fortitude, flexibility, the ability to adapt to changing situations, and cultures other than your own. The job requires strong language skills and the ability to flourish in a constantly changing environment—Foreign Service officers change jobs and locations every 2-4 years. It’s a challenging and rewarding career path.

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program is designed to support 2 years of graduate study for a Masters’ degree and offers tuition and living stipends along with internships and professional development. This program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. Following the completion of graduate study, Rangel Fellows must enter the Foreign Service for at least 5 years.

Special Location of award, if applicable:

Eligible applicants:

• are seniors or alumni
• at the time of application, candidates must be seeking admission to graduate school for the following academic year.
• are eager to embark on an international career path and want to enter the US Department of State Foreign Service
• have at least a 3.2
• are US citizens

Student year:

Student year at time of application:  Graduate or Senior

University endorsement required?


Citizenship requirement:

Must be U.S. citizen

The Rangel Graduate Fellowship application process:

Consider your suitability for a career in the Foreign Service and the appropriate graduate program that will help you on this path.

Applications due in January. Contact CFSA to get started!

Advising contact:

Kate Hanson  Email:
More Information:

Enter any terms you are interested, such as “Government” or “Biotechnology”,