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 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.

All Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) who satisfactorily complete their service have lifetime eligibility to apply to Coverdell Fellows programs. "Satisfactory completion" means the Peace Corps 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
  • 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


We are accepting applications for Fall 2017. Application questions have been changed slightly effective 11/23/2016. Please utilize the new form.
You must apply for both academic admission and Coverdell Fellows selection. On the UA academic application, do mark Peace Corps Fellows if you are applying to Coverdell Fellows.
Please note the following important deadlines:
  • 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.

Review Criteria

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.

Upcoming Webinars will be held on the following dates (please note that times align with Arizona (Mountain Standard) time):

  • We have no upcoming webinars at this time.  The final webinar before applications are due was held on Wednesday, January 11, 2017.  You may hear a recording of this webinar by clicking the third link below.

You may register for upcoming webinars here.

Follow this link to the webinar platform on the day of the event.

A recording of the most recent applicant webinar (January 11, 2017) can be found here.


For questions about the academic program, research faculty, grades, or GRE scores, or graduate assistantships contact the departmental Graduate Admissions Coordinator.


The Coverdell Fellows staff welcomes the opportunity to meet with you by phone, webinar, or in person to discuss your Coverdell Fellows application. A visit during Peace Corps Week  is a great time to see the Southern Arizona Peace Corps community in action. Please join us for our famous Peace Corps Fair and related events. The 2017 Fair will be held on February 28, 2017. Contact us by email to arrange a meeting during your visit.
Last updated 27 Jan 2017