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“I cannot tell you how proud I am of who you are going to be.”

This post was originally going to be titled “Spring Break, Capstone Workshops, and Rangel Fellows,” but I can’t top that quote from longtime congressman Charles Rangel. Now retired, he spoke to 12 SIPA Rangel Fellowship recipients last month. The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program is a U.S. State Department initiative that encourages diversity and excellence among foreign service officers.

Our alumni network of Rangel Fellows has accomplished amazing things, and we hold them in high regard. Check out the summary of the Rangel Fellowship meeting at SIPA here. (You might recognize Kier Joy in that photo, who was featured in this video!)

If you’re wondering why SIPA didn’t have any class visits this week, it’s because it was spring recess at Columbia University. Many SIPA students are using this week has an opportunity to work on their Capstone Workshops, traveling all around the world to meet with their clients. A signature of the SIPA curriculum, the Capstone Workshop has small teams of students working on essentially live consulting projects, where they apply the theory they learn in the classroom to real-world issues. We’ve featured multiple capstone workshops on the blog and can’t wait to see what our current students have worked on so extensively this week.

Wishing everyone a happy spring!

Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship

We received notification that the 2014 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship competition is officially opened.

The Fellowship welcomes applications from young people interested in careers of international service.  The Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program provides benefits valued at up to $90,000 over two years toward a two-year master’s degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at U.S. embassies, and provides mentoring and professional development activities for those who want to become Foreign Service Officers in the U.S. Department of State. Fellows may use the fellowship to attend a two-year master’s program in a U.S. institution to study an area of relevance to the Foreign Service, including international relations, public policy, public administration, languages, or business administration. Upon successful completion of the two-year fellowship, Fellows enter the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. Applicants must be college seniors or graduates looking to start two-year graduate programs in fall 2014, have GPAs of at least 3.2, and be U.S. citizens. The program welcomes applications from those with any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need.  Information and application materials for both programs are at www.rangelprogram.orgThe Rangel application deadline is January 17, 2014.  The Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by Howard University.

Number of Fellowships Offered:  20 each year

Eligibility Requirements:  U.S. citizenship; GPA of 3.2/4.0; seeking to start two-year relevant grad program in fall 2014

Online Application Opens  October 21, 2013

Application Deadline:  January 17, 2014

Finalists selected by the end of February

Fellows selected by mid-March

Contact Information:; 202-806-4367 or 877-633-0002

Funding your education at SIPA – part 1

The students who plan ahead for the costs of a SIPA education are the ones who are best prepared.  A SIPA education is not inexpensive, but there are fellowship or scholarship opportunities, as well as financing strategies, that can make it affordable and manageable.

Once you have been admitted, SIPA will provide you with an estimate of what you will spend on tuition, fees, textbooks and typical living expenses to help you get started in your financial planning, along with information about the aid for which you qualify.  Budgeting your resources is the first step in planning how to manage the costs of your SIPA program.  Remember that New York is an expensive city to live in, but there are on-campus residence options, and Columbia is located in a thriving and bustling residential neighborhood.  Many students live within walking distance of the campus.

In preparing your financing strategy, look at all options, including resources you currently have available.  Examine financial resources you have on hand in salary, savings or assistance from your family in addition to the types of fellowships, scholarships and loans available from SIPA, government sources or private external agencies.  Many SIPA students create a strategy employing three or four of these components.

First Year Fellowship and Scholarship Awards

SIPA scholarship and fellowship awards are competitive and offered to approximately 10 to 15 percent of first year students.  All admitted students are automatically considered, no additional application is required.  These merit-based awards are based entirely on your academic achievement and professional credentials; financial need is not a factor.  SIPA scholarships range in value from $3000 per year up to full tuition; most fall approximately midway in between.  If you are a US citizen/permanent resident, you may submit a FAFSA for student loans, but the FAFSA is not reviewed nor required for fellowship/scholarship determination.

SIPA scholarship and fellowship awards are available to both domestic and international students.

SIPA has arrangements with some external agencies, such as the Rangel, Pickering, Fulbright and other foundations, where we will match part of the award a student receives from that entity.  Please advise us if you have such funding (from these or similar sources) as soon as you are aware of the award so we can consider you for matching funds.

External Awards

While searching for funding from outside foundations and organizations comes with no guarantees, such funding is only a possibility if you take the time to search for it.  The SIPA Financial Aid Office maintains a database of external scholarships and fellowships that we recommend students visit often.  These funding opportunities may be available to all students, first or second year, domestic or international, and may be based on any combination of academic achievement, professional credentials, areas of interest and experience, financial need, or demographic criteria.  SIPA students receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding through outside sources of their own finding every year, and it is not too early to begin your search for these resources.

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"The most global public policy school, where an international community of students and faculty address world challenges."

—Merit E. Janow, Dean, SIPA, Professor of Practice, International and Economic Law and International Affairs

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