Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Programs

Coverdell Fellows ProgramWhat is the Coverdell Fellows Program?

The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program is a graduate fellowship program for returned Peace Corps Volunteers that represents a unique opportunity for Volunteers to complete their graduate studies while also fulfilling the third goal of the Peace Corps service: helping Americans learn more about and better understand the cultures of other countries around the world.

Our Coverdell Fellows must complete an approved Fellowship Placement designed to address the needs of a local undeserved and/or at-risk community. Through these assignments our Fellows are able to “bring home, and expand upon, the skills they learned as Volunteers.” This includes skills such as cultural awareness, adaptability, language skills and working in low resource settings.

Learn more about the Coverdell Fellows Program:

UAlbany SPH Coverdell Partner School Information Page
Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship Program Website

What are the financial incentives associated with becoming a Coverdell Fellow at the University at Albany School of Public Health?

While our Coverdell Fellows are required to pay regular tuition when enrolled as full-time students, they are eligible to have as many as nine hours of their overall internship credit requirement waived in recognition of their Peace Corps service and/or other public health work experience. In addition to the tuition benefit associated with an internship credit wavier, our fellow are eligible to receive additional support through graduate assistantships and scholarship awards.

Upon successful completion of their Peace Corps Service, returned volunteers can be awarded one year of noncompetitive eligibility (NCE) for selection for federal employment. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who are accepted into participating Coverdell Fellows Programs may, at the hiring agency's prerogative, have their noncompetitive eligibility status extended up to three years from their Close of Service date (if they remain enrolled as full-time students).

How do I apply to become a Coverdell Fellow?

All Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) enjoy lifetime eligibility for the Coverdell Fellows Program. Some RPCVs choose to apply for the program immediately after returning to the U.S., but may do so at any time after successfully completing service.

To become a Coverdell Fellow at the University at Albany School of Public Health, you must have successfully completed your full Peace Corps service commitment. If you meet this criterion you can then apply to University at Albany School of Public Health through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) and submit separately the Center for Global Health’s Coverdell Fellows Application Form.

All prospective graduate students at University at Albany School of Public Health are required to apply through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS). The application is online at Learn more about our admission requirements.

Apply to become a Coverdell Fellow

Please click here to download and save an application form for the Coverdell Fellows Program at the University at Albany School of Public Health. Submit a scanned copy or PDF version of your signed application form to John Justino, Director of the Center for Global Health via email ( 

You can also contact our Coverdell Fellows Program Coordinators