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Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program


Since 2007, the CU Denver School of Public Affairs has helped 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 as 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 receive:
  • The opportunity to earn a graduate degree from a top-ranked program that is fully accredited by NASPAA. Our graduate programs include:
​​Master of Public Administration​
Master of Criminal Justice
Ph.D. in Public Affairs​
  • 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 amounts to a minimum financial commitment of $3,200 per year, and $6,400 in total for two years
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.

For more information about the fellowship, email Dr. Christine​ Martell, SPA Coverdell Fellows Coordinator.​

Applications are due March 15 for the following fall semester.

Applicants must, by the beginning of the fall semester:

1. ha​ve served as a Peace Corps volunteer and have successfully completed COS
2. have been admitted formally to one of the School of Public Affairs degree programs (visit the online application​ for more info)
In addition to completing an online application​ for the School of Public Affairs degree program​ you are interested in, you must submit the following:

1. Completed SPA Coverdell application form​​ 
2. Essay (see additional info below)
3. Resume
4. Close of Service (COS) or Separation information

Please email these items to Dr. Christine Martell​, the SPA Coverdell Coordinator.

As the Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows/USA award rests upon successful placement of applicants in internships, it is necessary for the coordinator, on behalf of SPA, to circulate your résumé and statement to interested community organizations. Community organizations may also request to interview potential candidates, independent of SPA.

Essay of Community Contribution and Internship Interests

In a one-page, single-spaced essay, address the following questions:

- What is your commitment to the community?

- What work skills and experience have you developed, primarily in the Peace Corps, that you will bring to an internship experience?

- What qualities would an ideal internship be like for you?

- Do you know of any agencies or organizations in the Denver area for which you could see yourself serving an internship?

- What do you envision your post-SPA career to be?​
Please email Dr. Christine Martell​,the SPA Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows Program Coordinator, of your decision to apply and/or enroll at the CU Denver School of Public Affairs.

Depending on the applicant pool and internship opportunities, the Coordinator may follow up the written application with a phone interview to help assess the best fit.

Students who want to be considered for other SPA scholarship funds​ must independently submit the SPA scholarship application packet by the due date. ​​

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