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Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Program
The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program seeks
to attract outstanding young people 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 $90,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships,
and professional development activities, provides a unique pathway to the USAID Foreign
The Payne Fellowship encourages the application of members of minority groups who have historically been underrepresented in international development careers and those with financial need. The fellowship is named in honor of longtime development champion, the late Congressman Donald Payne. The initiative is funded by USAID and administered by Howard University. Fellowship recipients can use the award to attend U.S. graduate programs throughout the country; they will join the USAID Foreign Service upon completion of the program, as long as they successfully complete the Payne Program and USAID entry requirements.
Mr. Cory Dodds in the Office of Scholar Development works with students and alumni applying for the Payne Fellowship.
Set up a meeting with Mr. Dodds to discuss your post-graduate plans and scholarship applications by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 270.745.5043.
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