Peace Corps


Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program

What 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.

Why Coverdell Fellows Program at Rockefeller College?

Rockefeller College has partnered with the Peace Corps to offer the Coverdell Fellows program in order to further the College’s mission as well as support the great work done by the Peace Corps and its volunteers. Rockefeller’s mission is twofold: to prepare students to be productive participants in political and policy processes and to produce new knowledge in the areas of politics, policy, and management. We see this mission as a means to help citizens and institutions govern societies more efficiently and effectively in the service of creating freer, fairer, more inclusive and more bountiful outcomes for all. The College’s academic programs and career preparation programs prepare students to address inequalities in public policy and to solve difficult administrative and policy problems in local, state, national and global communities. Since the College’s mission is fully in line with the Fellowship’s commitment to supporting impoverished and/or socially disadvantaged communities, Fellows will be able to use their experience to their utmost advantage to support their coursework and internships. Rockefeller College is a natural next step for returning volunteers who are looking to further their education and professional skills while continuing to make a difference in the world. In addition, we recognize the great benefit that returning Peace Corps volunteers will bring to our programs. We expect that Fellows will bring a wealth of experience to the classroom, not only by contributing to discussions, but also by inspiring fellow students to volunteer and lead in their communities. In addition, Fellows will have a unique vantage point that will help them and others to solve complex programs, which will be a great benefit to society when they ultimately graduate and start their careers.

Who is eligible to be a Coverdell Fellow?

All returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) who satisfactorily complete their service have lifetime eligibility for the Coverdell Fellows program are invited to apply for Rockefeller College’s Master of International Affairs (MIA) or Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. For more eligibility information visit the Coverdell Fellows Eligibility website here: https://www.peacecorps.gov/volunteer/university-programs/coverdell-fellows/#eligibility

What are the financial incentives associated with becoming a Coverdell Fellow at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany?

Financial support will be provided to Coverdell Fellows in the form of a tuition scholarship, which will reduce the cost of the degree by 25 percent. Rockefeller College will waive the application fee for RPCVs applying to the MIA and MPA programs.

How do I apply to become a Coverdell Fellow?

Prospective students will have the opportunity to indicate that they are/will be a qualified returned Peace Corps volunteer (RPCV) who wishes to be considered for the Coverdell Fellowship on their application to the College’s MIA or MPA program.

Rockefeller College will waive the application fee for RPCVs applying to the MIA and MPA programs. For questions about the application and to request an application fee waiver, please reach out to Admissions RockAdmissions@albany.edu.

For more information, please visit the Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program website. You can also contact our Coverdell Fellows Program Coordinator: Sheena Loughlin, Director of Student Affairs (sloughlin2@albany.edu).