$52,000 Undergraduate and Graduate Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program at University of Minnesota in the USA 2023

Written by catherine.caoile on September 28, 2022

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

    International Development
  • Country of the Scholarship

    United States
  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Bachelor's scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    > 12000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

    United States
  • Expenses covered

    Monthly subsistence allowance, Tuition fees
  • Scholarship Contact Details

    Phone: (612) 624-5522 Fax: (612) 626-7314 Email:  [email protected]

Fifteen fellows will be awarded for the academic year of 2023-2024 for the Payne Fellowship Program offered by the Payne Fellowship in partnership with the University of Minnesota. The Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship will be awarded annually with a total amount of $52,000 each for a two-year graduate program in International Development or any area related to the mission of USAID.

The fellowship encourages applicants from underrepresented groups in the Foreign Services and especially those who are struggling in financially.

About the Fellowship Award 

The fellowship awards incorporate up to $24,000 each year toward educational fees/tuition fees and mandatory fees for the culmination of a two-year master’s degree program in the USA institution, an $18,000 payment for every academic year for room, board, books, and other training-related costs; and up to $10,000 each year in allowance, lodging, transportation, and related summer placement expenses.

The successful students will also receive a summer internship, one in an overseas USAID mission and one in Washington DC. The fellows who effectively complete the Payne Program and USAID Foreign Service Entry prerequisites will get arrangements as Foreign Service Officials with the U.S. Office for International Development.

The USAID Donald M. Payne Global Improvement Graduate Association Program tries to draw in exceptional people who are keen on chasing after professions in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Office for the International Development (USAID). If you have any desire to chip away at the forefront of the absolute most squeezing worldwide difficulties of our times — destitution, hunger, unfairness, illness, ecological debasement, environmental change, struggle, and violence – the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development gives a chance to progress U.S. international strategy interests and mirror the American nation’s empathy and backing of human respect. The Payne Fellowship, which gives up to $104,000 in benefits north of two years for graduate school, entry-level positions, and expert improvement exercises, is an exceptional pathway to the USAID foreign services.

About the University 

The University of Minnesota Office of the Undergraduate Education, University of Honors Program is a place for extraordinary people who shows their passion for education and creativity, and leadership skills. They want to provide the students with a rich environment in which to seek an improved undergrad experience. To achieve this, they offer creative coursework, specific prompting, academic intellectual communities, and novel experiential learning potential opportunities. These motivate and support their students as they distinguish, articulate, and beat the difficulties they face as students and deep-rooted individuals from a worldwide local area.

The university is a place where every student can focus on their education, a place where every student can be motivated to achieve their goals, their personal career developments, and leadership skills. They accept that variety is basic to all that they do. They are focused on commending contrast, advancing innate pride, everything being equal, and aiding each other conquer fundamental boundaries to progress.

Scholarship Summary 

  • Academic Year: 2023-2024
  • Applicant’s Nationality: US Citizen
  • Degree Level: Undergraduate and Masters Degree
  • Field: International Development
  • Number of Awards: 15
  • Scholarship Awards: $52,000
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Renewable: Yes
  • Offered Annually: Yes

Scholarship Eligibility 

Before proceeding with the application, the students must meet the eligibility of the scholarship.

  • The applicants must be US citizens in underrepresented groups in the Foreign Affair.
  • A US Citizen
  • The students must be able to demonstrate their academic achievements and their strong desire in promoting positive changes in the world.
  • Must have the ability to demonstrate their financial needs.
  • The applicants must be seeking admission to commence their higher education in the fall of 2023 in a two years program.
  • Applicants can be in their senior year.
  • The applicant’s GPA must be on average 3.2 or higher on the scale of 4.0 during the time of the scholarship application.

Application Process

The application for the fellowship can be accessed in an online portal provided by the Payne Fellowship.

Online Applicaiton Process

The application must be completed which includes the following:

  • Applicants complete background information
  • A personal; Information in 600 words that outlines the applicant’s reason for applying for the fellowship and their interest t the Foreign Service, careers, and relevant experience or knowledge.
  • Statements in 400 words that outline the student’s financial needs, overall educational-related debts, any financial assistance received, and their plans to pay for school.

Other Required Documents for Application

  • Two letters of Recommendation, one from the faculty and one from the community leaders or individuals who can provide the applicant’s leadership skills and accomplishments to serve.
  • Proof of Citizenship
  • Birth Certificate
  • Certificate of US Citizenship
  • US Passport
  • Official Transcript of Records
  • Official Aid Statements

Keep in mind that all required documents must be uploaded in the online portal application provided by the Payne Fellowship in PDF form. All applications must be completed in order to be considered for the fellowship. An incomplete application will be automatically rejected for the evaluation of the fellowship committees. Before submitting the application form make sure to double-check all the necessary requirements and information needed for the evaluation process.

Scholarship Award 

The Fellowship will be awarding fifteen successful fellows with a total amount of $52,000 each annually. The award amount will include the following:

  • Tuition fee and a mandatory fee of $24,000
  • $18,000 annual Stipend
  • Accommodation
  • $10,000 for related fees on Summer placements

Scholarship Deadline 

The deadline to complete and submit the application is until November 4, 2022. Late and incomplete applications will be automatically rejected, however, the Payne Fellowship will be offered annually, and may be able to apply for the next fellowship opening.

The Office for the National International Scholarship will be providing guidance in the application as the resources and time will allow.

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