Monday, September 14, 2020

USAID Payne Fellowship Program

Are you interested in joining the USAID Foreign Service? Do you want to make a difference in the world?

The Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Program provides financial support through two years of graduate study, internships, mentoring, and professional development activities leading to an appointment in the USAID Foreign Service

IMPORTANT: The Payne programs seek applications from students/alumni who are US citizens with demonstrated financial need, especially those who are members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service. The program is particularly interested in reaching students in STEM fields--engineering, public health, natural sciences, etc.



Mr. Christian Sosa, Program Manager of the Payne Fellowship Program, will host a webinar exclusively for UMD students. 


DATE:  Monday, September 28, 2020

TIME: 12:00 - 1:00 pm 


Read about 2019 alumna Leyla Merlo, UMD's first Payne fellow!


Eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must be seeking admission to enter graduate school in the fall of 2021 for a two-year program at a U.S. university in an area of relevance to the USAID Foreign Service. They can be in their senior year of their undergraduate studies, graduating by June 2021, 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 U.S. citizens.

Service Requirement: Recipients are obligated to complete a minimum five-year term of service as a Foreign Service officer.

Deadline: November 1, 2020

Questions? Please contact Leslie Brice: