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If chosen as a Coverdell Fellow:
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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 waiver of in-state tuition, 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 award 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.
ASU’s Coverdell Fellows in participating academic programs will be eligible to receive a needs-based scholarship from Graduate College up to $2,500 ($1,250 per semester) with matching funds from their academic unit. Financial need is determined by submitting a FAFSA.
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.
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’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.
When applying, be sure to observe the deadlines of the academic program and submit all paperwork by the academic deadline.
Below are the departments which partner with ASU Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program. Please click on the degree name for additional information about the degrees.
All Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) who satisfactorily complete their service have lifetime eligibility for Coverdell Fellows Program.
"Satisfactorily Completed" means the volunteer:
To be considered for the Arizona State University Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program you must:
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.
University Coverdell Coordinator
Interdisciplinary B, Mail Code 1003
1120 South Cady Mall
Tempe, AZ 85287-1003
E-mail: Coverdell Coordinator
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 College's graduate programs webpage.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Yes. When applying, please follow the instructions outlined on the "Instructions" tab of this page.