Payne Fellowship

A partnership between Gallaudet University and Howard University’s Bunche International Affairs Center encourages eligible candidates seeking to study International Development at Gallaudet University to apply for the Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program.  

Payne Fellowship Director, Maria Vivas-House, writes that the Payne Fellowship is a “highly competitive national fellowship program that identifies and trains outstanding individuals for careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Named in honor of longtime development champion, the late Congressman Donald M. Payne, the fellowship encourages the application of members of historically underrepresented groups in international development careers and those with financial need. Selected through a rigorous nationwide competition every year, Payne Fellows attend U.S. graduate programs throughout the country, participate in professional development activities in Washington D.C. and complete internships on Capitol Hill and at USAID Missions abroad.  Payne Fellows enter the Foreign Service upon completion of the fellowship program and fulfillment of USAID entry requirements.” 

For information in ASL, see our 2019 Payne Fellowship Program Information Announcement here, produced by Nageena Ahmadzai (IDMA & MASLED dual-degree student):

For more information visit:

Audrey C. Cooper
Gallaudet University-Payne Fellowship Point of Contact

Maria Elena Vivas-House
Director | Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Program | Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center | Howard University | 2218 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20059 | (202) 250-5019 |