As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, you have a wealth of cultural experience that will enhance your academic and career decisions. We are delighted that you are considering the University of Arizona for an advanced graduate degree. Key information for the application process is contained in this section.
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
- This can come through one 12-month tour or a combination of shorter tours.
- RPCVs who “early terminate” (ET) from Peace Corps for any reason not listed above, including administrative separation and voluntary resignation
- Peace Corps Response and GHSP Volunteers who have not served 12 months with Peace Corps, regardless of the reason why (presuming that they did not already complete a satisfactory 2-year tour through Peace Corps’ primary program)
- Individuals who are not Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (even if they completed similar service abroad)
admission to a graduate degree-seeking program
annual academic progress
service to an underserved population in the U.S. or its territories through an outreach assistantship, internship or other work
a total of 450 hours of service, outreach, and collective Fellows' service projects and activities per 12-month period for each of two years
January 15 - Priority deadline for Coverdell Fellow applications
March 1 - Priority deadline for filing the FAFSA and final deadline for submitting Coverdell applications
Deadlines for academic applications can be found at Academic Programs. Contact the graduate program coordinator if a deadline has passed for a program that interests you.
Applications are reviewed by multiple readers and discussed with academic units. You must be admitted to the academic program to be eligible for Coverdell Fellows consideration. Applications are read for:
- Focus and purpose in academic and professional goals
- Dedication to service of underserved communities in the region
- Continued dedication to the Third Goal of Peace Corps
- Connection and fit with the University of Arizona academic and Coverdell program and opportunities
- Demonstrated initiative or leadership
- Cultural and developmental maturity in the face of the challenges of Peace Corps and international or domestic aid work
Coverdell Fellow application webinars are held periodically during the academic year. Webinars are recorded and may be accessed on the website.
(Please note that webinar times align with Arizona (Mountain Standard) time).
Recordings from past events:
- The most recent webinar was held on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 at 9am You may hear a recording of this webinar by clicking here.
- Special event- UA Coverdell Fellow Application Workshop- Thursday, January 11th, 2018 at 12pm You may view the recording here.
- This event provides a more in-depth review of the application process and helps applicants prepare themselves prior to the January 15th priority application deadline.
- Shelley Hawthorne Smith, Assistant Director of the Office of Fellowships and Community Engagement, will share writing tips and offer advice on compiling a strong, communicative application.
- Special event- "Grad School is Calling: Why Arizona?" An engaging panel discussion with current UA Coverdell Fellows. The recording of this panel from November 9th, 2017 is available here.
- You may register for upcoming webinars and workshops here. Note: We currently do not have any informational webinars scheduled, please check back soon.
- Follow this link to the webinar platform on the day of the event.