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ASU Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program

The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program at ASU assists Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) in obtaining an affordable or nearly free master’s degree in several programs.

If chosen as a Coverdell Fellow:

  • You will receive tuition assistance, depending on the degree program you choose.
  • A master’s degree that will enhance your earning power and marketability with employers
  • You will provide much-needed assistance to underserved American communities

Explore the other tabs on this web page to find complete requirements, how to apply, and the programs you can apply for at ASU.

Apply now for fall 2017 semester

  • Consult your program's website to determine when applications are due
  • MARCH 1: FAFSA application deadline. Need to know more about FAFSA?
  • Coverdell Fellowship applications must be submitted by the application deadline for the graduate program. 
  • Deadlines to apply to ASU programs are set by academic departments. 

Questions? Please email the Coverdell Coordinator.  Discover more about the Peace Corps at ASU and the Coverdell Fellows Program on the Peace Corps site.

For academic program questions, contact the graduate admissions coordinator or other graduate contact listed on each department’s website.

Tuition Assistance

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.

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.

Needs-Based Scholarship

ASU’s Coverdell Fellows in participating academic programs will be eligible to receive a needs-based scholarship from Graduate College up to $5,000. Financial need is determined by submitting a FAFSA. 

Application Waiver

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers are eligible to have their application fee waived. Complete the application and email your Description of Service documentation to the Coverdell Coordinator.

Professional Development

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 300 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 Peace Corps Community

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.

Eligibility

Peace Corps Coverdell Fellow eligibility

All Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) who satisfactorily complete their service have lifetime eligibility for Coverdell Fellows Program.

"Satisfactorily Completed" means the volunteer:

  • completed the full two-year tour of Peace Corps service, or the full tour minus up to 90 days if he/she returned home on an emergency leave;
  • was granted "Early Close of Service" or "Interrupted Service" status due to circumstances that were beyond his/her control; or
  • was medically separated as a Volunteer

ASU Coverdell Fellow annual requirements

  • admission to a graduate degree-seeking program with a current Coverdell Fellowship Program
  • must maintain full-time academic status and complete service as outlined below
    • must complete service to an underserved U.S. community through an internship totaling 300 hours of service per twelve-month period for each of the two years of fellowship
    • participate in one professional development per semester, two service activities per year, Peace Corps Week activities and outreach talks about Peace Corps

To be considered for the Arizona State University Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program you must:

  1. Complete Coverdell application (see application tab on this page).
  2. Email your Description of Service (DOS) to Coverdell coordinator (see instructions below).
  3. Coverdell Coordinator will waive application fee and alert you when to complete degree application.
  4. Complete online degree application for the participating program.

Description of Service (DOS)

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 certify@peacecorps.gov.

 

Contact Information

University Coverdell Coordinator
Interdisciplinary B, Mail Code 1003
1120 South Cady Mall
Tempe, AZ 85287-1003
E-mail: Coverdell Coordinator

All files must be uploaded in one sitting. Please review the instructions prior to beginning work on the application.

You will know your application has been submitted when you see the "Your application has been submitted." message.

If you have questions about the application process, or being a Fellow, please email the Coverdell Coordinator for more information.

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.
Files must be less than 5 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx.

1. What is the Coverdell Fellows program?

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.

2. Must I have completed my Peace Corps service to be eligible?

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.

3. Can I apply to Coverdell Fellows or to Arizona State University before I go abroad?

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.

4. Are most Coverdell Fellows recently returned from service?

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.

5. Do I receive academic credit for my Peace Corps service?

There are no participating departments that give credit for Peace Corps service.

6. How can I find out what programs are available at Arizona State University?

Check Graduate College's graduate programs webpage.

7. Do I need to take the GRE or GMAT?

Departments generally require a standardized test for graduate admissions. Check program descriptions and requirements by clicking the degree name under the Academics Programs tab on this page. 

8. How is the GPA evaluated?

Graduate College 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.

9. What is my obligation as a Fellow at ASU?

Coverdell Fellows commit to 300 hours of service and other requirements per year for two years (total 600 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.

10. How many RPCVs live in Phoenix?

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.

11. When should I apply?

Our priority deadline is January 15 for a fall start. We accept applications up to March 1. Some academic programs will have earlier deadlines 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.

12. Can the ASU application fee be waived?

Yes. When applying, please follow the instructions outlined on the "Instructions" tab of this page.