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Unfortunately, the University of Arizona Coverdell Fellows program is unable to accept additional applications for the 2020-2021 academic year at this time. 

Our program received more than 100 applications by the March 3, 2020 deadline, and our waitlist is currently full.

However, if a recently returned or evacuated Peace Corps volunteer is interested in a graduate program at the University of Arizona for Fall 2020, we recommend checking academic department deadlines, some of which may still be open. Program coordinators in the academic departments may also be able to provide information about whether their deadlines are flexible and if other, non-Coverdell funding support is available for 2020-2021. The University of Arizona Academic Catalog is the hub for program information and coordinator contacts:

The Eller MBA program has let us know that their admissions process is open until July 1, they do not require the GMAT or GRE for RPCVs, and they still have available scholarships for the Fall 2020 semester. More information can be found here: Eller MBA Invites RPCVs to Apply (posted 4/2/2020)

RPCV students who enroll for Fall 2020 are also eligible to apply for the Coverdell Fellowship for subsequent years of their academic program. We plan to open our application process for the 2021-2022 academic year in May and encourage all interested RPCVs to check back at that time. 



Image of Fellows and their responses to the question "Why did you choose to be a part of the Univervsity of Arizona Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows community?"

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.



Who is eligible to be a Coverdell Fellow?

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/they returned home on an emergency leave;
  • Was granted "Early Close of Service" 
  • Was granted "Interrupted Service" status due to circumstances that were beyond his/her/their control; or
  • Was medically separated
In addition, returned Peace Corps Response (PCR) Volunteers and Global Heath Service Partnership (GHSP) Volunteers who serve a full 12 months are eligible.
  • This can come through one 12-month tour or a combination of shorter tours.

Who is not eligible?

  • 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
  • Satisfactory 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 400-450 hours of service, outreach,  collective Fellows' service projects and activities per 12-month period for each of two years


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, 2020 - Priority deadline for Coverdell Fellow applications
  • March 1, 2020 - 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 and in-person information sessions are held throughout the year. Please sign-up to receive more details and specifics for each session: Webinar and Information Session Registration.

Watch the Most Recent Webinar

Other Past Sessions of Note

Note: Webinar recordings will be added to the list above during the year for those who are unable to join in.



For questions about the academic program, research faculty, grades, 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. Contact us by email to arrange a meeting during your visit.
Last updated 3 Apr 2020