Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program & Peace Corps Master's International Program

50 Years of the Peace Corps at the University of Michigan

Well after midnight on Oct. 14, 1960, Senator John F. Kennedy arrived at the Michigan Union after a long day of campaigning for the presidency. Speaking from the center of the stone staircase, he challenged University of Michigan students to dedicate themselves to global peace and justice by living and working in developing nations and hundreds responded with signed petitions.

Read more about the50th Anniversary that occurred in fall 2010 at U-M.

Introducing Michigan's Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program

The University of Michigan (U-M) in Ann Arbor saw the birth of the Peace Corps in 1961. Since then, more than 2,100 U-M alumni have served as Peace Corps Volunteers. Now, returned Volunteers will have the option of earning masters degrees at the university as Peace Corps Fellows. In June, Peace Corps and U-M signed an agreement making U-M the only Fellows/USA program in Michigan."

- Peace Corps Press Release, July 2007

The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program (formerly known as Fellows/USA) is a graduate fellowship program that offers financial assistance to returned Peace Corps Volunteers. All Fellows complete internships in underserved American communities, allowing them to bring home and expand upon the skills they learned as volunteers.

Why should you join the School of Natural Resources and Environment?

Traditionally, SNRE graduate programs attract many returned Peace Corps Volunteers because of the diversity of curriculum offered and the opportunity to explore your interests in more depth toward a professional career. Through this program, SNRE can provide tuition financial assistance to as many as four Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows per year.

At SNRE, Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows have opportunities to reinforce and enhance the skills learned in their fieldwork as well as strengthen their focus on environmental issues affecting various populations. Should you become a Fellow, we expect you to engage in and/or initiate a student group that best fits your diverse interests. You will add value to the school and local community by sharing experiences and bringing diverse perspectives and passion to a cause. As part of your master's curriculum, you will select a project as your capstone/opus option focusing on a local community population. Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows and their classmates have opportunities throughout the year to collaborate and contribute academically, socially, and professionally.

How to apply to the Coverdell Fellows program:

During the application process, potential Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows will be asked to:

- Submit the application to the MS or MLA program by the priority award consideration deadline

- Self Identify within the application as currently serving or having served in the Peace Corp

- Submit a brief essay (topic is indicated within the application)

- Upload a copy of their DOS (Description of Service Document)

SNRE can extend up to four Coverdell Fellows financial awards.

Current volunteers are eligible for application fee waivers. Returning volunteers also may be eligible for fee waivers. Please review Rackham Graduate School details, policy guidelines, and instructions for application fee waivers.

Contact information:

If you have questions about the application process, please contact:

Jung Koral, Associate Director of Enrollment Services

Questions about the program? Please see the Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows official website.