From: The Honorable Donald M. Payne, Jr.
Sent By: alexis.anderson@mail.house.gov
Date: 3/2/2016

*** This is a programmatic appropriations request***

Deadline: Tuesday, March 15th

FY17 Cosigners:  Danny K. Davis, Gwen Moore, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Corrine Brown, Robin L. Kelly

 

Dear Colleague:

Please join me in urging the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Subcommittee to strongly support the Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program under the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Development Assistance Account for FY 2017.

The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to attract outstanding young people who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The mission of the Donald M. Payne Fellowship Program is to promote global humanitarianism by addressing health and education disparities, promoting peace and youth development, and uplifting the human condition worldwide.

The Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship began in 2012 and the first fellows were selected in 2013.  This year, USAID is looking to fund five fellows, who upon completion of the Fellowship will be appointed to the Foreign Service and have a three-year commitment with USAID.

I encourage you to support the efforts toward urging the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Subcommittee to provide funding for the Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program in the FY 2017 Appropriations bill.

A copy of the letter is below.  If you need further information or would like to sign on, please contact Alexis Anderson in Rep. Payne, Jr.’s office at 5-3436 or Alexis.Anderson@mail.house.gov.

Sincerely,

 

Donald M. Payne, Jr.

Member of Congress

 

The Honorable Kay Granger

Committee on Appropriations

Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs

HT-2, The Capitol

Washington, DC 20515

 

The Honorable Nita Lowey

Committee on Appropriations

Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs

2365 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington DC, 20515

Dear Chairwoman Granger and Ranking Member Lowey:

As you prepare the Fiscal Year 2017 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations bill, we urge you to provide support for the Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program under the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Operating Expenses.

The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to attract outstanding young people who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service. The mission of this fellowship program is to promote global humanitarianism by addressing health and education disparities, promoting peace and youth development, and uplifting the human condition worldwide.

For students who are interested in working on the front lines of some of the most pressing global challenges of our times — poverty, hunger, injustice, disease, environmental degradation, climate change, conflict and violent extremism – 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 Program, which provides up to $90,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities, provides a unique pathway to the USAID Foreign Service.

The Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program began in 2012 and the first fellows were selected in 2013.  This year, USAID is working diligently to secure funding for five fellows, who upon completion of the Fellowship will be appointed to the Foreign Service and have a three-year commitment to USAID.  The 2013 fellows have completed the program, and are currently preparing to join the USAID Foreign Service.

We encourage you to support the efforts toward urging the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Subcommittee to provide funding for the Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program in the FY 2017 Appropriations bill.  We greatly appreciate your consideration of this request.

Sincerely,

__________________________

Donald M. Payne, Jr.

Member of Congress