The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Commonwealth Honors Alum Jane Viviano Wins Prestigious Rangel Fellowship

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Jane Viviano ‘18, a Commonwealth Honors alum in Judaic and Near Eastern Studies, recently received the 2021 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship. Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the Rangel Fellowship supports extraordinary individuals who want to pursue a career in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State.

While at Commonwealth Honors, Viviano received the Gilman International Scholarship, Boren Scholarship, Critical Language Scholarship, and the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Grant, often with the guidance of UMass Amherst's Office of National Scholarship Advisement. As a Fulbright Scholar, she taught Business English at the National School of Architecture in Rabat, Morocco. At UMass, Viviano also worked as an office and research assistant for the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages, a center offering classes in lesser-spoken languages.

The Rangel Fellowship will support Viviano through a two-year master’s degree in an area of relevance to the Foreign Service, providing extensive professional development opportunities such as internships, mentors, and skills training. As a high school student, Viviano was able to study abroad in Istanbul, Turkey, which first exposed her to the possibilities of serving as a U.S. diplomat.

"I am thrilled to join the Foreign Service through the Rangel Fellowship and serve my country as a U.S. diplomat in the near future,” Viviano said. “In 2011, Rotary Youth Exchange presented me with an opportunity to live in Turkey, and since then I've committed to studying, working, and learning languages abroad. I am immensely grateful to the mentors in my life and U.S. government-funded programs that recognized my potential to succeed in my endeavors."

Viviano will intern during summer 2021 with a member of Congress on issues related to foreign affairs. In summer 2022, she will intern abroad in a U.S. embassy or consulate, gaining hands-on experience in U.S. foreign policy. After successfully completing the program, Viviano will become a U.S. diplomat in summer 2023, embarking in a challenging and rewarding career to advance U.S. interests, protect American citizens, and promote peace and prosperity across the world.

The Rangel Program aims to enhance the excellence and diversity of the U.S. Foreign Service. Established in 2003, the Rangel Program selects outstanding fellows annually in a highly competitive nationwide selection process and supports them through two years of graduate study, internships, mentoring, and professional development activities.