The application cycle for the 2020 Payne Fellows will open up on July 1st, 2019.
Please read carefully through the application requirements below, once you’re ready to apply, click the “START OR CONTINUE PAYNE ONLINE APPLICATION” button on the bottom of this page.
- Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
- Applicants must be seeking admission to enter graduate school in the fall of 2020 for a two-year program at a U.S. university. They can be in the senior year of their undergraduate studies, graduating by June 2020, 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.
Note: Applicants are not required to be Howard University students or applying to Howard for graduate school.
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:
- The financial assistance received during undergraduate studies
- Overall education-related debt
- 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 2019 financial data, but 2018 data is acceptable, if 2019 data is not available.
- Note: Applicants will upload this into the application using either Word of 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 November 1st 2019
|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.|
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