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Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program


In the fall of 2007, the U.S. Peace Corps accepted the School or Public Affairs to advance the Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program. Through the program, the School offers a competitive fellowship to students who have successfully served in the Peace Corps. Our commitment to selected students is to provide up to two years of tuition assistance as well a paid internship with a community agency.  Up to two Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows will be supported by the School of Public Affairs at any given time. 

Selected SPA Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows will receive:

  • The opportunity to earn a graduate degree from the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver, a NASPAA accredited institution ranked in the top 12% of programs nationwide.
  • Tuition assistance of $3,000 per academic year for up to two years, provided a student remains in good academic standing.
  • A paid internship with a governmental or nonprofit organization.  At a minimum, we request that participating community organizations commit to funding a student for 10 hours per week, for the 32-week school year, at a minimum wage of $10 per hour.

In total, this would amount to a minimum financial commitment of $3,200 per year, and $6,400 in total for two years.

To be eligible, the applicant must have completed a full tour in the Peace Corps or have been medically terminated. 

Award of a fellowship depends on a number of factors: funding availability, a student’s academic and experiential profile, and a match with a community partner.

Press Release Announcing Program

SPA Peace Corps Coverdell F​ellowship Program Application Form​

Applications are due March 15th of each year for the following Fall Semester.

For more information about the fellowship, contact Dr. Christine Martell, Fellows/USA coordinator. For more information about our degree programs, contact Brendan Hardy or check out:

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