The Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State in which they can help formulate, represent, and implement U.S. foreign policy. 

The Rangel Fellowship award includes funding toward completion of a two-year master’s degree at a U.S. institution. Rangel Fellows also participate in one internship working on international issues for members of Congress in Washington, DC, and one overseas internship in a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. 

Fellows who successfully complete the program and Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers, in accordance with applicable law and State Department policy.



The Rangel Fellowship encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need. Review complete eligibility requirements on the program website.  

  • Class year: Graduating seniors and alumni seeking admission to enter graduate school for a two-year program at a U.S. university. 
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizenship required
  • GPA: Minimum 3.2 at the time of application

Applying & Guidance

Eligible applicants may submit applications directly to the Rangel Fellowship program. Review application tips and resources in the Rangel Fellowship Application Toolkit (Davidson login required). 

Schedule an Office of Fellowships advising appointment with Gaylena Merritt, Director of Fellowships, to discuss your candidacy.


Davidson Rangel Fellows

2019 - Jessica Gumucio ’16