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Empowering Future USAID Foreign Service Officers: 2023 Backstop Week

By Office of Admision
Posted Oct 04 2023

Thank you to our colleagues at the Payne Fellows for sending us this information. We invite you to also check out Angel's recent post about his time as a Payne fellow and the benefits of the program!

The Payne International Development Program is accepting applications for the 2024 cohort until Thursday, October, 26th 2022 at 11:59 PM EST.


The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to attract outstanding individuals who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). If you want to work on the front lines of some of the most pressing global challenges of our times - injustice, climate change, health, conflict, and poverty, and more - the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development provides an opportunity to advance U.S. foreign policy interests and reflect the American people's compassion and support of human dignity. The Payne Fellowship, which provides up to $104,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities, is a unique pathway to the USAID Foreign Service.

Payne International Development Fellowship Timeline

  • 2024 Payne Application Opens: July 20, 2023
  • 2024 Payne Application Closes: October 26, 2023
  • Finalists Notified: December 8, 2023
  • Final-round Interviews: January 16 – 19, 2024
  • Fellows Award Notifications Sent: January 22, 2024

For tips to submit a competitive application: Applications Tips.

Review the FAQs page for details about grad school, the application and more.