A new Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program partnership between Peace Corps and DePaul University will provide expanded educational and service opportunities to Americans interested in making a difference abroad and at home. The Coverdell Fellows program offers graduate school scholarships and degree-related internships in under-served American communities to returned Peace Corps volunteers.
Fellows will be eligible to enroll in one of five degree programs in the School of Public Service: Public Service Management, International Public Service, Leadership and Policy Studies, Nonprofit Management, or Public Administration.
The Peace Corps is delighted to have DePaul University as a partner in the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, Acting Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. This new partnership enables returned Peace Corps volunteers to continue their work in public service through meaningful internships in underserved American communities. Experience overseas and graduate studies position Peace Corps Fellows to launch a career by combining coursework with service.
Fellows will receive a $4,500 annual (per academic year) scholarship and internships in underserved communities, allowing returned volunteers to bring the skills they acquired during service back home to make an impact in the United States. In addition, students will gain valuable experience and networking connections at nonprofits and governmental organizations.
Applicants for the Fellowship program must first be admitted into the School of Public Service and then will need to complete the Coverdell Fellows application. The School of Public Service will award up to five Coverdell Fellowships per year. Only new SPS students will be accepted who will begin the program in the autumn quarter.
Fellows will be provided aid in the form of: scholarship (partial tuition waiver) and application fee waiver.
The dollar amount granted to each Fellow will depend on the number of quarters it takes to complete their degree. Fellows will be awarded $4500 per year in a scholarship and a program application fee waiver of $40, which is a one-time fee.
Time frame is dependent on the number of quarters it takes for the Fellow to complete the degree program. Average degree completion takes 8 quarters when carrying a full-time load (2 courses per quarter); this award anticipates degree completion in 6 quarters. Fellows must be active full-time (two courses per quarter) in SPS.
Coverdell Fellows are eligible for aid in these other forms: SPS scholarships; Adult Student Service scholarships; research grants; graduate assistantship placement (includes tuition waiver and stipend).
Fellows cannot use funds towards participation in joint degree programs.
In the News:
Read about two of our recent Coverdell Fellows, Claudette Sevcenco and Carmen Fleming.
Assistant Director, School of Public Service
Coverell Fellows Campus Coordinator