While most graduate schools don’t have application deadlines for another 6 months, there is something you can start doing today that will have massive payoffs in the future: apply to external scholarships. We keep a list on our website and we are currently in the process of updating it. Most applicants don’t think about how they will pay for graduate school until much later in the year—by which time most of the external scholarship deadlines have passed.
Here are a few I highly recommend you keep on your radar.
- Rangel Fellows program: Receive funding towards graduate school; receive an appointment to the Foreign Service after you graduate. One of our graduates (Katherine) was a Rangel Fellow and is now serving with the Foreign Service. In a recent conversation, she answered two questions for me:
Q: Brad: How did you pay for graduate school?
K: I paid for graduate school with the Rangel government funded fellowship.
Q: Was it worth it? That is to say, could you be doing what you are doing now without Korbel?
A: It was worth it. The connections I made with classmates and the theoretical application of what I learned in the classroom and in programs like the Korbel in DC program were a great way to gain real work experience.
- Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship: Pays up to $90,000 in benefits towards graduate school. Much like the Rangel Fellows program, this fellowship includes an employment obligation post graduate school with USAID.
- PEO International Peace Scholarship: Unlike the previous two, this scholarship is reserved for females who are not US citizens.
Start researching some of these options now! It will take a lot of the pressure off your enrollment decision next April.
Good luck and check our website for an updated list of external scholarships!