UMass Amherst: News Archive
Tenzin Dawa Thargay, a 2018 graduate and the student commencement speaker, has been awarded a 2019 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship.The fellowship, funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by Howard University, supports extraordinary individuals who want to pursue a career in the U.S. Foreign Service. Fellowships are awarded in a highly competitive nationwide contest.
The Rangel fellowship will support Thargay through a two-year master’s degree in an area of relevance to the Foreign Service. It will also provide extensive professional development opportunities, including internships, mentors and skills training.
As part of the Rangel program, Thargay will work for a member of Congress on issues related to foreign affairs in the summer of 2019. In the summer of 2020, the Department of State will send him overseas to work in a U.S. Embassy to get hands-on experience with U.S. foreign policy and the work of the Foreign Service.
Upon successful completion of the program, Thargay will become a U.S. diplomat, embarking on one of the most challenging and rewarding careers of service to his country. He will work to promote peace and prosperity around the world.
Thargay, who graduated in May, is the first student from UMass Amherst to win a Rangel fellowship.
Thargay earned a duel degree in political science and Chinese. During college, he won the David L. Boren Scholarship from the National Security Engagement Program and studied in Taiwan. A member of Commonwealth Honors College, he won a Fulbright Research Scholarship, the Commonwealth Honors College Class of 1941 Honors Humanitarian Award, Political Science Department Public Service Award, and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences’ Feldman-Vorwerk Family Undergraduate Research Award.
After graduation, Thargay served as an intern in the White House office of the United States trade representative, where he supported the deputy assistant trade representative for China affairs by conducting research, …