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Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship

Important Dates

National Application Deadline (Application Period): 
Friday, November 1, 2019


Open to: 
Graduate students
Recent graduates/Alumni
Eligibility requirements: 
  • U.S. Citizen

  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale


Application Process: 


The Payne International Affairs Fellowship does not have a campus process. The national deadline is typically in November. The application process is lengthy and requires many months of preparation.

Should I apply?

Important information, which can help you determine if the Payne International Affairs Fellowship is right for you, can be found here:

Additional information on the Payne International Affairs Fellowship, including application criteria, can be found at:

Additional Information


How the ORC can help

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Amount Awarded: 
Up to $90,000

About the Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship

The Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Program is designed to attract outstanding young people to careers in international development as USAID Foreign Service Officers.  The Payne Fellowship Program provides benefits toward a two-year master's degree, arranges internships in Washington D.C. and a USAID missions overseas, and provides professional development and support activities. Fellows who successfully complete the program become USAID Foreign Service Officers.

2 years+