The U.S. Agency for International Development, in cooperation with Howard University, invites outstanding individuals interested in international development and careers in the USAID Foreign Service to apply for the 2017 Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship. Candidates can be graduating seniors or college graduates with strong academic records and a desire to promote positive change in the world. The Payne program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. Selected fellows will receive support for graduate school and gain employment with USAID in an exciting and rewarding career in Foreign Service.

Program Benefits

  • An orientation to the Program and the USAID Foreign Service at Howard University in Washington D.C.
  • Two fully funded summer internships, on Capitol Hill and overseas at a USAID Mission.
  • Up to $36,500 annually toward tuition, fees, and living expenses for a two-year master’s degree in international development, international affairs, public administration, environmental sciences, public health, agriculture, or other relevant area of study.
  • Mentorship from a USAID Foreign Service Officer throughout the duration of the fellowship.
  • Employment in the USAID Foreign Service.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must be seeking admission to enter a two-year graduate program in the fall of 2017 at a U.S. university.
  • 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.

Application Deadline: January 20, 2017

Additional information and online application available at, or email