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Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowship

Coverdell Fellows at the Clinton School

The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service is proud to partner with Peace Corps through the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, a graduate fellowship program that offers financial assistance to returned Peace Corps Volunteers. 

All Fellows complete internships in underserved American communities, allowing them to bring home, and expand upon, the skills they learned as Volunteers. These skills in adapting to new cultures, developing and managing projects, dealing with language barriers, and leveraging limited resources attract the attention of prospective schools. Since the inception of the Coverdell Fellows Program, nearly 4,000 returned Volunteers have participated in the program and made a difference across the country.

For information, contact Alex Thomas, Assistant Dean of Enrollment and Student Services, at (501) 683-5228 or at


No additional application for the fellowship is required. The Clinton School will award up to five tuition scholarships ($8,000 each) to Coverdell applicants who are admitted to the Clinton School.  A graduate assistantship may be available in the Fellow’s second year. The scholarship will be noted in an admitted student’s acceptance letter (sent by mail, by April 1st), and will be credited to an enrolling student’s account by September of their Fall enrollment semester. Additionally, each Coverdell Fellow will receive up to a $4,000 stipend for their summer International Public Service Project.

Why Become a Fellow?

For many Peace Corps Fellows, the Coverdell Fellows Program is an opportunity to combine their academic and professional endeavors with their desire to work in underserved communities. At the same time, it allows the Fellow to reintegrate into a community and do something meaningful after his or her experience abroad.

Other benefits to Peace Corps Fellows include:

Financial Assistance

Fellows receive financial aid that may include tuition reduction, full scholarships, or stipends.

Professional Experience

Through their internships, Fellows apply what they learn in the classroom to a professional setting. In some cases, Fellows parlay their internships into full-time jobs after graduation.

Helping Others

In addition to gaining professional experience, Fellows provide much-needed assistance to some of the United States’ most underserved communities.

Furthering the Peace Corps Mission

By sharing their experiences in classrooms and in communities, Fellows help fulfill Peace Corps’ Third Goal of promoting a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.


Each partner university has designed its own program. A sample of options includes an accelerated program and an international internship after completing the domestic internship.

Federal Jobs

For recently returned RPCVs, your noncompetitive eligibility (NCE) status to apply for federal jobs may, at the hiring agency’s prerogative, be extended up to three years from the date of your close of service if you are a full-time student.