The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to attract outstanding individuals who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). If you want to work on the front lines of some of the most pressing global challenges of our times — poverty, hunger, injustice, disease, environmental degradation, climate change, conflict and violent extremism – the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development provides an opportunity to advance U.S. foreign policy interests and reflect the American people's compassion and support of human dignity. The Payne Fellowship, which provides up to $104,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities, is a unique pathway to the USAID Foreign Service.DETAILED OVERVIEW
Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
Applicants must be seeking admission to enter graduate school in the fall of 2023 for a two-year program at a U.S. university. They can be in the senior year of their undergraduate studies, graduating by June 2023, or they can be college graduates.
Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.HOW TO APPLY
Orientation that introduces fellows to the program and their USAID Foreign Service career.
Summer placement in Washington, DC with USAID Foreign Service Mentor.
Completing Master's degree in international affairs or a related subject.
10-week overseas summer placement at a USAID Mission.
An appointment to the USAID Foreign Service, with a required five years of service.EXPERIENCE IN DETAIL
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