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Fourteen fellowships are available per year. Apply now for the fall 2017 semester.
If chosen as a Coverdell Fellow:
Explore the other tabs on this web page to find complete requirements, how to apply, and the programs you can apply for at ASU.
For academic program questions, contact the graduate admissions coordinator or other graduate contact listed on each department’s website.
ASU’s Coverdell Fellows receive a graduate tuition scholarship, varying depending on the academic unit, applied to the standard (base) graduate tuition. Tuition is set by the Arizona Board of Regents each spring. The tuition scholarship does not include departmental differential tuition or program fees, additional fees, health insurance, or books. Tuition support is renewable for each year of study based on progress to degree and completion of Fellows' obligations.
Graduate tuition support may be affected by other support, including departmental or external scholarship or fellowship support and graduate assistantships. Fellows are encouraged to seek additional support from the academic unit or from extramural funding sources.
ASU’s Coverdell Fellows in participating academic programs will be eligible to receive a needs-based scholarship from Graduate Education up to $5,000. Financial need is determined by submitting a FAFSA.
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers are eligible to have their application fee waived. Complete the form or send your Description of Service documentation to the Coverdell Coordinator.
The core expectation of U.S. Peace Corps is that Coverdell Fellows provide service or benefit to an underserved domestic community. This is a minimum of 320 hours per academic year. Each academic program will have expectations for how this will be completed. The service opportunity can be designed to provide practical professional experience and supplement your academic studies. If your academic unit requires an internship as part of your degree program, those hours may dually satisfy your Coverdell service requirement.
Please consult the academic program and Coverdell Coordinator if you have further questions.
ASU’s Coverdell Fellows will be required to participate in one major Peace Corps event per semester. A calendar of Peace Corps events will be made available to all Coverdell Fellows by the Coverdell Coordinator each semester. The event will be determined by the Fellow coordinating with the ASU STRAT and with the consultation of the Coverdell Coordinator.
We primarily support master's degree students. Limited support is provided to students pursuing a PhD, generally after completing a master's. Requirements and contacts for academic programs or admissions questions can be found in graduate degrees.
When applying, be sure to observe the deadlines of the academic program and submit all paperwork by the academic deadline or March 1, whichever comes first.
Below are the departments which partner with ASU Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program:
All Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) who satisfactorily complete their service have lifetime eligibility for Coverdell Fellows Program.
"Satisfactorily Completed" means the volunteer:
The academic application is a separate process from the Coverdell Fellow's application. Each academic unit sets its own deadlines found on the departmental website. Though Graduate Education accepts academic applications through May, the academic department deadline takes precedence. There is an advantage to applying early.
We begin reviewing applications in January and will start to make electronic offers in March until the cohort is filled. Offers are contingent upon acceptance in your academic program. We will wait to hear from the academic unit that an applicant is recommended for admission before making an offer. You may contact the Coverdell Fellowship Coordinator at any time to check the status of your application.
Let the academic graduate coordinator or admissions coordinator in your chosen department and the Coverdell Coordinator know that you are applying for admission and wish to be considered for the ASU Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program.
The Arizona State University Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program application includes:
Please respond completely to all questions in the application. We are interested in your philosophy of service, reflections on your Peace Corps experience, your academic plan and professional goals, and your potential contributions to the Coverdell Fellows program in central Arizona.
Insert the cursor in the form field box to enter your responses. All responses must be submitted at one sitting. Copy or download the application form, develop your responses in your word processor, and upload all responses at one time. Items marked with an asterisk (*) are required before the form can be submitted.
Please submit a comprehensive resumé which includes your Peace Corps Service. We are interested in your academic background, employment history, outcomes or accomplishments in positions held, and specific skills you have that will be useful in an internship. If accepted as a Coverdell Fellow, this resume may be distributed to potential internship agencies. Please name the word file with your surname, first name, and the date you want to start school, e.g.: Doe_John_Fall_15.
Please submit as a PDF file labeled “Last name_First name_DOS.” If you have not yet completed your Peace Corps service, you may substitute a detailed description of your activities and submit the final, signed DOS upon completion of service. To request a copy of your DOS, please contact: Volunteer and PSC Financial Services at 855.855.1961 ext. 1770 or 202.692.1770 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please use Times New Roman, 12-point font, and one-inch margins on all the essays. All responses should be no longer than one page, single spaced. Prepare responses in a word or PDF document and email to Coverdell Coordinator.
The online application site will show a thank-you message when you have successfully submitted your application. If you do not see the thank-you message, you will have to resubmit your application.
If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgment of receipt of your application within one week, resubmit your application and contact the Coverdell Coordinator.
Please submit your academic application to Arizona State University – including required documents (transcripts, standardized scores, portfolios, letters of reference, statements, etc.) – using the Graduate Education online application following the academic departmental procedures. Coverdell Fellows applicants may mark “Peace Corps Fellows” as a potential source of support on the academic application. Do not send the academic application, any transcripts, or any references to the Peace Corps Fellows office. These materials should be sent directly to the academic program as required.
You are encouraged to file the FAFSA online as early as possible beginning January 1, and no later than March 1. FAFSA is required to determine eligibility for the needs-based scholarships.
If you are interested in housing support, be sure to visit University Housing to apply for Residential Assistant or Hall Director positions. The application deadlines are generally in late January.
Peace Corps Liaison and University Coverdell Coordinator
Fulton Center 420
300 E. University Drive
Tempe, AZ 85281
E-mail: Coverdell Coordinator
All files must be uploaded in one sitting. Please review instructions prior to beginning work on the application.
You will know your application has been submitted when you see the "Thank you for submitting your application" message. If you have questions about the application process, or being a Fellow, please email the Coverdell Coordinator for more information.
The Peace Corps Fellows program allows Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) to attend Arizona State University with reduced expenses while serving in an internship that benefits an underserved domestic community.
Coverdell Fellows normally complete two years of service and have received a complete close of service. However, exceptions are made for volunteers who were medically separated or forced to leave service through no fault of their own, such as a country crisis. Applicants must provide signed copies of the appropriate eligibility documentation (the DOS) prior to starting the program.
No. The Coverdell Fellows is only for volunteers who will have completed service by the time they enter school. We recommend that you apply 9 to12 months prior to the date you wish to begin your studies.
If you are interested in being accepted into a program before you depart for Peace Corps, you may want to consider the Master’s International programs at Arizona State University.
Most Coverdell Fellows have returned from service within the last 3 to 5 years. However, RPCVs are eligible to apply to the program regardless of the date of their Peace Corps service. We encourage RPCVs to apply if they are interested in returning to academia and providing service in central Arizona.
There are no participating departments that give credit for Peace Corps service.
Check Graduate Education's graduate programs webpage.
Departments generally require a standardized test for graduate admissions. Check program descriptions on Graduate Education's website for details on general and subject tests. It may be to your advantage to take the GRE prior to departing for service because it is difficult and costly to take the test abroad. GRE scores are valid for five years. Consult the academic department for further information.
Faculty of the academic unit evaluate applications, reviewing all materials provided. Minimum standards for admission are on the Graduate Admissions site.
Graduate Education evaluates the GPA generally by your last 60 credits or last two years of undergraduate study. If your GPA for this period is below a 3.0, or if you are lacking certain required courses for the field of study you wish to enter, you might consider taking additional courses as a non degree-seeking student to make up deficits. A non degree-seeking student cannot be a Coverdell Fellow.
Coverdell Fellows commit to 320 hours of service and other requirements per year for two years (total 640 hours). Coverdell Fellows hold an internship that benefits an underserved community. This can generally be fulfilled by working 10 hours per week during each 15 week semester. Internships may be funded through Work Study, certain graduate assistantships, AmeriCorps, or other employment.
Coverdell Fellows are expected to participate in one professional development event each semester, two service activities per year, Peace Corps Week activities, and outreach talks about Peace Corps. Additionally, Coverdell Fellows must submit hours of service and periodic evaluation reports. Renewal of the fellowship is contingent on progression to degree, fulfillment of service obligations, and active participation as a Fellow. Coverdell Fellows may go on “reserve” to complete a departmental internship or to take advantage of fellowships or opportunities which require a full-time commitment. Coverdell Fellows conducting research or study abroad are placed on reserve.
Approximately 300 Returned Peace Corps Volunteers live in the Phoenix area, and 2,000+ live in Arizona. The Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Phoenix meet bi-monthly, donate to Peace Corps projects worldwide, and welcome all Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows. ASU is a top recruiter school for Peace Corps.
Our priority deadline is January 15 for a fall start. We accept applications up to March 1. Some academic units will have earlier start dates and these dates will take priority over the Coverdell Fellowships.
All applicants should file the FAFSA in January. It can provide financial support in the form of loans, grants, and work study.
Submit your academic application in advance of the department deadline – usually when international applications are due for optimal review.
When applying as a returned Peace Corps volunteer please note your Peace Corps experience in the application. After doing so, you will need to indicate on the application form that you intend to pay with a check. When this has been completed, your application will proceed without the payment and you are not responsible for any future payments for this one-time fee. It will be important to complete your application to the academic program and the Coverdell Fellowship within the same period.
ASU schools and colleges hosts 14 Coverdell Fellows each year: