Rangel & Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Programs

Language of Support

The Schar School is an official partner school for both the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship and the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Programs.

  • Anyone who has applied or been accepted to either program will have the Schar School application fee waived
  • The Schar School will provide funding for all approved master’s programs to cover the gap in required tuition after either program's funding is applied for the entirety of the 2-year program.
  • The Schar School will offer up to $1,500 per year for two years for fellows to attend a conference or other approved professional development opportunity to cover fees and other associated costs such as travel and accommodations.
  • Interested fellows will be paired with a faculty mentor whose expertise closely aligns with the primary policy interest of the participating student

Fellows must remain in good academic standing. These benefits apply to all Schar School Masters programs excluding the Organization Development and Knowledge Management MS program.


​​​​​The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program and Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program are aimed 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. These fellowship programs selects outstanding fellows annually in a highly competitive nationwide process and supports them through two years of graduate study, internships, mentoring, and professional development activities. This program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need. 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.


  • Applicants must be seeking admission to enter graduate school in the fall for a full time two-year program at a U.S. university in an area of relevance to the Foreign Service (such as public administration, public policy, international relations, business administration, economics, and political science).
  • They can be in the senior year of their undergraduate studies, graduating by June, or they can be college graduates.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.
  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Fellows are selected in fall (typically November)
    • Fellows need to indicate their graduate school plans (ie “I plan on applying to GMU for Public Policy Masters”). Some will choose to apply to the school before they receive a final decision from the fellowship programs.

Amount of Award

  • In 2021 the Rangel and Pickering programs individually awards 45 fellowships of up to $42,000 annually for a two year period for tuition, room, board, books and mandatory fees for completion of two-year master’s degrees.
  • This includes up to $24,000 per year for tuition and mandatory fees and an academic year stipend of $18,000. 

For more information, contact Rachel Bonne-Annee, Assistant Director, Graduate Admissions of Schar School of Policy and Government at rbonnean@gmu.edu.