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Pickering and Rangel Fellowships

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program and the Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program are sibling programs funded by the U.S. Department of State and designed to attract individuals “from all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career with the U.S. Department of State.”

The fellowship pays up to $84,000 over two years for tuition, fees and livnig expenses for two years of graduate study; a comprenehsive orientation program before gradaute study; mentorship by Foreign Service members; internsips at U.S. Foreign Missions and/or on Capitol Hill; employment with the U.S. Foreign Service upon successful completion of the Program and meeting entry requirements (the fellowship carries a service obligation).

  • Open to U.S. Citizens
  • Students apply as seniors or recent graduates (not yet in graduate school)
  • National deadlines in October (2020)

Two KU students have been selected as Rangel Fellows:

Three KU students have been Pickering Fellows:

  • Julia Groeblacher, 2008
  • Michelle Tran, 2005
  • Bisola Ojikutu, 1999


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