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 the 50th 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 Vounteers. 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:

If you indicate on your Statement of Purpose that you are interested when you apply online to our MS or MLA programs, we will automatically consider you for the Coverdell Fellows program (formerly known as the Fellows/USA program).

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 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.

> Meet SNRE Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows

Peace Corps or graduate school...Why not do both with Peace Corps Master's International?

The Peace Corps Master's International program combines the incredible experience of working abroad and helping others as a Peace Corps volunteer while furthering your education. While you are completing your Peace Corps service, you are also earning academic credit toward your Master of Science or Master of Landscape Architecture degree.

Go to SNRE's Peace Corps Master's International program website to learn why you should apply, timelines and deadlines, and the application process.

Contact information:

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

Sara O'Brien
SNRE Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows/Master's International Coordinator
SNRE Director of Academic Programs

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