Generous Fellowship Opportunity for Prospective Graduate Students Applying for a Program in International Development for Fall 2014

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Considering grad school but looking for funding? Prospective students considering studying international development with the Payson Center starting in Fall 2014 are encouraged to apply for the Payne Fellowship by January 27th!

The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship is designed to attract outstanding young people to careers in international development as USAID Foreign Service Officers.

The Payne Fellowship Program provides benefits valued at up to $90,000 over two years toward a two-year master's degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at USAID missions overseas, and provides professional development and support activities.  Fellows who successfully complete the program become USAID Foreign Service Officers.  Fellows may use the fellowship to attend a two-year master's program in a U.S. institution to study an area of relevance to the USAID Foreign Service, including:

  • international development
  • international relations
  • public policy
  • business administration
  • foreign languages
  • economics
  • agriculture
  • environmental sciences
  • health, or urban planning

at a graduate or professional school approved by the Payne Program of which the Tulane Payson Center for International Development is one.

At the end of the two-year fellowship, Fellows enter the USAID Foreign Service. Applicants must be college seniors or graduates looking to start graduate school in the fall of the year they apply, have GPAs of at least 3.2 and be U.S. citizens. Five fellowships in total are available.

The program welcomes applications from those with any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the USAID Foreign Service and those with financial need.  Information and application materials for the program are available at

The application deadline is January 27, 2014.

The Program is funded by USAID and managed by Howard University.

Finalists selected by the end of February - Fellows selected by mid-March


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