The CUNY Pipeline Program ( January 15, 2016)

The CUNY Pipeline Program

The Pipeline Program is a CUNY-wide initiative designed to provide educational and financial support to CUNY undergraduates from groups currently underrepresented in our nation’s universities who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in preparation for college-level teaching and advanced research. The Pipeline Program is a year-long program that includes several components.

  • Pipeline Summer Institute (PSI)– The Pipeline Program provides orientation to the world of graduate education through a six-week summer research institute at the CUNY Graduate Center. In the summer institute, fellows take a research seminar in either the social sciences or the humanities designed to introduce them to graduate-level work and research skills. They also take courses on critical thinking and writing, Grad School 101, and intensive GRE preparation. An important outcome of the PSI is the drafting of a research statement that forms the foundation of later activities.
  • Monthly Colloquia– In the fall and spring semesters, fellows attend monthly colloquia at the Graduate Center focused on the graduate admissions process. They also work in small peer mentoring groups led by MAGNET fellows (these fellows are Graduate Center doctoral students who are also from underrepresented groups). We try to provide as much overlap between the academic discipline of the Pipeline students and MAGNET mentors.
  • Research Project– Research and scholarly writing is the foundation of any graduate school application. Pipeline students conduct a research project directed by a CUNY faculty mentor (chosen by the student). This project forms the basis of students’ research statement or statement of purpose…that important piece of a grad school application.
  • Research Conference– An important focus of the spring colloquia sessions is to help students prepare to present their research in a conference setting.  Pipeline students report on their research project at the annual CUNY Pipeline Conference held at the Graduate Center in March and submit a thesis based on this research at the end of the academic year.
  • Supportive Environment– Everyone involved with the Pipeline Program (faculty, staff, mentors, and your fellow students) is dedicated to providing a safe, fun, intellectually stimulating, and caring environment. We spend a lot of time together and due to a relatively small cohort we really get to know each other and grow to care about each other as scholars and as human beings.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to qualify for admission into the CUNY Pipeline Program, a student must:

  1. be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
  2. have an interest in pursuing a career in college teaching and research;
  3. have a minimum GPA of 3.2;
  4. be scheduled to graduate in the spring of the senior (or final) year;
  5. be a junior enrolled in one of CUNY’s senior colleges and have earned at least 80 credits;
  6. be a full-time registered student in one of the CUNY senior colleges

Other Rules

  • Students majoring in law, business, or medicine are not eligible to participate in the Pipeline Program. There are several similar programs in these fields so we encourage you to look into them.
  • You are required to have a faculty mentor (typically from your CUNY campus) for the duration of the program. In some cases students may switch mentors; however, this is strongly discouraged.
  • Pipeline students are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful manner during the program. We strive to create and uphold an inclusive and challenging academic environment.
  • Pipeline students are expected to be punctual and not have outside school or work commitments during the Pipeline Summer Institute.
  • To be eligible for the above stipends the requirements for each must be met.

An application MUST include:

  • 2 essays (you will copy and paste the text into the online application). Essay topics can be previewed here.
  • CV or resumé (also copy and pasted into online app)
  • Contact info for your faculty mentor (entered in the online app).
  • Official college transcript sent to the Educational Opportunity and Diversity office at the CUNY Graduate Center (address here).
  • At least 2 letters of recommendation (one from your faculty mentor) emailed to

Essay Topics

Prepare these essays before you start the online application.

  • Essay 1: Discuss a diversity issue of local or national concern and its significance to you?
  • Essay 2: Discuss your own research interests and how you came to develop these interests. Was there a specific course or project that made you realize you want to teach and do research at the college level? How do you intend to pursue these interests in graduate school?

Stipend Amounts and Requirements

Pipeline Fellows receive stipends during the course of the program totaling approximately $6,000.

  • Stipend for participating in the Summer Institute
  • Stipend for Graduate Record Exam (GRE) fee
  • Stipend to cover graduate school application fees
  • Stipend for participation in the spring research conference
  • Stipend for completion of the thesis at the end of the program

Deadline: January 15,2016

Applications received by this deadline will be fully reviewed. We will continue to accept applications after the priority deadline until we have assembled a full cohort. We may call applicants in for individual and/or group interviews. We will typically have decision by early April.

2016 Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship (January 13, 2016)

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program is now accepting applications for the 2016 Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship at

The Rangel Program is pleased to announce the opening of the application period for its 2016 graduate fellowship.   The Fellowship welcomes applications from individuals who want to make a difference in the world through careers as Foreign Service Officers in the U.S. Department of State.  The Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program provides benefits of up to $95,000 over two years toward a two-year master’s degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at U.S. embassies, and provides mentorship and professional development support. Fellows can use the fellowship to attend two-year master’s programs in U.S. institutions to study an area of relevance to the Foreign Service, including international relations, public policy, public administration, economics, or business administration. Upon successful completion of the two-year fellowship and Foreign Service entry requirements, Fellows join the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State, embarking on a uniquely rewarding career of international service.

FELLOWSHIPS FOR GRADUATE STUDIES –In 2016 the Rangel Program plans to award 30 fellowships of up to $47,500 annually towards tuition, room, board, books and mandatory fees for completion of two-year master’s degrees.2005 Rangel Fellow Andrea Corey researched human rights issues during an internship in U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo. At the conclusion of two years of study, the Rangel Fellow is expected to have obtained a degree in international affairs or another area of relevance to the work of the Foreign Service (such as public administration, public policy, business administration, foreign languages, economics, political science, or communications) at a graduate or professional school approved by the Rangel Program. Awardees are expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 throughout their period of study.

ORIENTATION- New Rangel Fellows will participate in an orientation at Howard University in mid-May, shortly after their selection. The purposes of this orientation are to familiarize the Fellows with all aspects of the fellowship and to enhance their understanding of, and skills for, Foreign Service careers.

TWO SUMMER INTERNSHIPS (CAPITOL HILL AND OVERSEAS AT U.S. EMBASSIES) –Rangel Fellows will participate in two internships. The first, an internship working on international issues for Members of Congress in Washington, D.C., will occur in the summer after being selected and before the first year of graduate study. The second will be an overseas internship in a U. S. Embassy that takes place during the summer between the first and second years of graduate study.

MENTORING– Each Fellow will receive mentoring from a Foreign Service Officer throughout the duration of the fellowship as well as during his/her early employment at the State Department.

CURRICULUM -Fellows must obtain graduate degrees in international affairs or a related subject such as economics, history, political science, public administration, communications, public policy, business administration or foreign languages at a graduate or professional school approved by the Rangel Program. Studies in law do not satisfy this requirement.  Applicants apply to two-year graduate programs at U.S. universities simultaneously with their application to the Rangel Program.

EMPLOYMENT/CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS– Fellows who successfully complete the Rangel Program and Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers. Fellows are required to obtain medical, security, and suitability clearances in order to remain in the program.  Each Rangel Fellow who obtains a master’s degree is committed to a minimum of five years of service as a Foreign Service Officer. Candidates who do not successfully complete the Rangel Program and the subsequent five year service obligation may be subject to a reimbursement obligation. Click here to learn more about the obligations that Rangel Fellows assume when they accept the fellowship.


  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • Applicants must be seeking admission to enter graduate school in the fall of 2016 for a two-year program at a U.S. university.
  • They can be in their senior year of their undergraduate studies, graduating by June 2016, or they can be college graduates.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.
  • The program welcomes any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need.

Graduate Fellowship Program – Application Requirements

  • Background Information (e.g., name, contact information, international travel).
  • A personal statement (in 600 words or less) that discusses the applicants’ reasons for applying, interest in foreign affairs, commitment to pursue a Foreign Service career and any relevant experience or information.
  • A statement (in 400 words or less) from the applicant that discusses his/her need for financial assistance to attend graduate school, including an explanation of:
    • The financial assistance received during undergraduate studies
    • Overall education-related debt
    • Ability/plans to pay for graduate school independently
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • One from a faculty member
    • One from a community leader or other individual who can comment on the applicant’s non-academic accomplishments and his/her potential

Note: In the online application, applicants will identify recommenders, who will be contacted by the program and asked to submit letters electronically.

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship with a copy of: (choose one)
    • Birth certificate
    • Certificate of U.S. citizenship
    • US Passport

(** Applicants are required to bring originals to the interview, if selected as a finalist.)

(Note: This should be uploaded in easy to ready PDF format.)

  • Student Aid Report (SAR) generated from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. (Note: Applicants will upload this into the application using either Word of PDF format.)
  • GRE or GMAT Scores (copy of report sent to student) ◦ (Note: Applicants will upload this into the application using either Word or PDF format.)
  • Official Financial Aid Statement from your senior year, if you received financial aid. ◦ (Note: Applicants will upload this into the application using either Word or PDF format. If you did not receive financial aid, you do not have to submit this.)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities the applicant has attended for credit. Please use university-generated transcripts. An official transcript would be best; a student copy is acceptable if it is in the format of an official transcript. If you are selected for an interview, you will have to bring an official transcript in a signed, sealed envelope, to the interview.

The application deadline is January 13, 2016. The Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by Howard University. The program expects to have all documents to be submitted electronically. Should applicants have insuperable problems submitting a document electronically, they can consult with program staff about alternate methods ( However, we strongly encourage you to submit documents electronically.

For all inquiries, please contact: Rangel Program Assistant (202) 806-4367 or

Information and application materials can be found at

To meet with a fellowship advisor for assistance with your application, please contact