New fellowship program awaits individuals eyeing international development work

    The U.S. Agency for International Development is following through with its commitment to promote diversity in the workforce with the launch on Friday (March 2) of the Donald Payne Development Fellowship.

    The program seeks outstanding individuals interested in careers in international development, and will provide support for graduate school, professional development and entry in USAID’s foreign service. It encourages applications from members of minority groups underrepresented in development careers.

    The program was named after Democrat Rep. Donald Payne of New Jersey, who USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah described as someone who has dedicated his life to helping people around the globe. Payne sits as senior member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and serves as chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to developing leaders among the global black community through internships and fellowship programs, among others.

    Payne is currently battling colon cancer. Politico reported on Friday — the same day the fellowship was announced — that the congressman is “gravely ill” and “near the end of his days.”

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    • Jenny Lei Ravelo

      Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.