Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

Introducing Michigan's Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program at the School of Natural Resources and Environment

"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.

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 the 50th Anniversary that occurred Fall 2010 at U-M.

Why Join?

Traditionally, our graduate programs attract many returned Peace Corps Volunteers because of the diversity of curriculum offerings and the opportunity to explore one's 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 our school, 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.

How will this be achieved?

  • Students field of study curriculum
  • Sharing with and learning from the diversity of experiences of fellow students
  • Learning from and working with outstanding faculty, and
  • Taking advantage of the vast intellectual and professional opportunities at the University of Michigan.

As Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows, 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 masters 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:

We will automatically consider you for the Coverdell Fellows program (formerly known as the Fellows/USA program) when you apply online to our M.S. or M.L.A. programs if you indicate on your Statement of Purpose that you are interested.

During the application review process, potential Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows will be contacted and offered to complete a separate SNRE Coverdell Fellows application. SNRE can extend up to 4 Coverdell Fellows financial awards.

Current volunteers are eligible for application fee waivers. Returning volunteers may be eligible for a fee waiver also; 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:

Sara O'Brien
SNRE Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Coordinator
SNRE Director of Academic Programs

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

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