Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Program
Application will be open from October 2017 to January 2018.
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Application Requirements

The application deadline for the 2018 Payne International Development Fellowship is January 19, 2018.


A completed online application includes the following:

  • Background Information (e.g., name, contact information, international travel).
  • A personal statement (in 600 words or less) that discusses the applicant's reasons for applying,     interest in foreign affairs, commitment to pursue a USAID Foreign Service career and any relevant experience or information.
  • A statement (in 400 words or less) from the applicant that discusses his/her need for financial assistance to attend graduate school, including an explanation of:
    1. The financial assistance received during undergraduate studies
    2. Overall education-related debt
    3. Ability/plans to pay for graduate school independently


Two letters of recommendation:

  • One from a faculty member who is well acquainted with the individual
  • One from a community leader or other individual who can comment on the applicant's non-academic accomplishments and his/her potential to serve as a USAID Foreign Service Officer.
  • Note: In the online application, applicants will identify recommenders, who will be contacted by the program and asked to submit letters electronically. Below is a copy of the recommendation letter for your reference only.  

Sample recommendation form (PDF format)


Proof of U.S. citizenship with a copy of: (choose one)

  • Birth certificate
  • Certificate of U.S. citizenship
  • U.S. passport
    (Note: This should be uploaded in easy to read PDF format.   Applicants are required to bring originals to the interview, if selected as a finalist.)


Student Aid Report (SAR) generated from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.  Applicants should try to use 2017 financial data, but 2016 data is acceptable, if 2017 data is not available.   

  • Note: Applicants will upload this into the application using either Word of PDF format.


GRE or GMAT Scores (Applicants should upload a copy of the report sent to them.)

  • Note:  Applicants will upload this into the application using either Word or PDF format.)


Official Financial Aid Statement from your senior year, if you received financial aid.

  • Note: Applicants will upload this into the application using either Word or PDF format. If you did not receive financial aid, you do not have to submit this.


Official Transcripts from ALL colleges and universities the applicant has attended for credit. Please use a school-generated transcript.  An official transcript is best; a student copy is acceptable if it is in the format of an official transcript.  (If selected for an interview, you will have to bring an official transcript, in a sealed envelope, to the interview.) 

  • Note: Applicants will upload this into the application using either Word or PDF format.


Received by January 19, 2018

The program expects to have all documents to be submitted electronically. Should applicants have insuperable problems submitting a document electronically, they can consult with program staff about alternate methods ( However, we strongly encourage you to submit documents electronically.

For all inquiries, please contact:

Cynthia Valentine, Payne Program Manager
(202) 806-5952 or




Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Program . 2218 6th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20059
Tel: (844) 257-9821 . .