Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center

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Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center
Established 1993
Type Private, HBCU
Director Dr. Horace G. Dawson, Jr.
Location Washington, D.C., United States
Campus Howard University
Website www.howard.edu/rjb

The Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center is a research, educational and professional development center for international affairs at Howard University in Washington, D.C.. The center was founded in 1993 to serve as a resource center for students interested in pursuing careers in foreign affairs and to process subject-related inquiries from outside entities like government agencies, NGOs, corporations, other universities and foreign embassies.

The center is currently headed by former U.S. Ambassador to Botswana, Horace G. Dawson, Jr., and is an affiliate member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs.[1][2]


Amb. Horace Dawson, director of the Bunche Center

The center is named for Ralph Bunche, a former Howard professor who became the first person of color to win the Nobel Peace Prize.[3] In 1963, he was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Howard University established the Bunche Center in 1993 with a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. It currently coordinates study abroad programs for Howard students, sponsors "Diplomats in Residence" and aims to place Howard students in US embassies worldwide.

Programs and Initiatives[edit]

One major initiative run by the Bunche Center is the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship Program, an internship and scholarship program named for New York congressman, Charlie Rangel. Rangel Fellows receive substantial financial aid for graduate school, participate in two internships and receive mentoring from a Foreign Service Officer.[4]


  1. ^ "About The Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center". howard.edu. Howard University. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Howard University Profile". APSIA Affiliate Members. Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "A Centenary Celebration of Ralph Bunche". UCLA Library's Ralph Bunche Exhibit. Regents of the University of California. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Charles B Rangel International Affairs Fellowship Program". Missouri State University Fellowships Office. Missouri State University. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 

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