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Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows

The Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program is a distinction offered to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) at The School of Public Affairs who intend to continue their dedication to community service while pursuing a master’s degree. Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows at SPA contribute to the civic and service needs of the Washington, D.C. as well as surrounding Maryland and Virginia communities through substantive internships concurrent to their academic training. SPA Coverdell Fellows are prime examples of leaders for the next generation who are committed to pursuing professions of purpose.


Returned Peace Corps Volunteers should indicate their status on the electronic application when prompted. Coverdell Fellows are then selected after they are admitted on a competitive basis during the merit-aid review process. Decisions are based upon the candidate’s academic record, letters of reference, personal statement and resume.

To be considered for the program, submit your application for admission and requested materials by the priority deadlines posted for either the fall or spring term. Once designated as a Coverdell Fellow, students must maintain a cumulative 3.0 grade point average, meet academic criteria, and adhere to all program guidelines.


The greatest benefit of the Coverdell Fellows Program is the opportunity to further develop professional skills that are supported by SPA’s rigorous academic training in any of the School’s seven traditional, master’s degree programs. Additionally, Coverdell Fellows help to promote Peace Corps’ Third Goal by organizing and participating in events in the School dedicated to community service and on the AU campus supporting Inclusive Excellence. As a Coverdell Fellow, you also make valuable contributions to the greater Washington, D.C. area through your service while expanding your professional network in support of your career pursuits.

Financial Award

SPA Coverdell Fellows receive a compelling merit aid award. The total value of the award is based on the Merit (i.e., undergraduate/graduate GPA, letters of recommendation, personal statement, and resume) represented in the application file. SPA will commit to at least a 25.5% tuition discount for all Coverdell Fellows across all on-campus master’s degrees. Coverdell Fellows are also eligible for additional merit aid funding via the award of a graduate assistantship (GA) and/or donor-funded scholarship.

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