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Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowship

​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, Master of Public Policy, Nonprofit Management, or Public Administration.

This partnership enables returned Peace Corps volunteers to continue their work in public service through meaningful internships in under-served American communities. Experience overseas and graduate studies position Peace Corps Fellows to launch a career by combining coursework with service.​

Fellows will receive a scholarship a 25% tuition waiver scholarship per academic year ($4,647.50 in 2020-21) and an internship, coordinated either through working with our Internship Coordinator or the Vincent on Leadership – The Hay Project, 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. The Coverdell Scholarship cannot be combined with the School of Public Service Graduate Award, Double Demon Scholarship, or Catholic Institution Scholarship.

Application Process: 

​​​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 two 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 (25% tuition waiver) and an application fee waiver.

In 2020-21, fellows will be awarded $4,647.50 per academic year (around $1550 a quarter) in the form of a tuition waiver and the application fee waiver ($40) will be granted upon acceptance into the Coverdell Fellows program

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.

Euan Hague
School of Public Service