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The application for the 2022-23 year is now open. The deadline for priority consideration is January 5, 11:59PM. The application portal will remain open through March 1st, 2022. 

Academic program applications may have different deadlines. The Coverdell Fellowship application is separate from degree program applications. Be sure to fill out an application for your program as well as Coverdell if you are interested in being a Fellow. Academic application waivers are not available for the Coverdell Fellowship. 

For information on academic program deadlines and more, check the departmental website and send inquiries to the academic admissions coordinator listed in the online Academic Catalog which is the hub for academic program information and coordinator contacts:

Applicants are encouraged to sign up for the Coverdell Inquiry Mailing List for announcements, applicant webinars, and program information. 



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?

Peace Corps Volunteers earn lifetime eligibility for the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program if they fall into one of the following categories:

  1. Peace Corps Volunteers who complete the full two-year tour of Peace Corps service or are otherwise given “completion of service” (COS) status
  2. Peace Corps Volunteers who are medically separated
  3. Peace Corps Volunteers who are given "interrupted service" status because of circumstances beyond their control
  4. Peace Corps Response or Global Health Services Partnership Volunteers who complete twelve months of service within a twenty-four month period
    • Exception: The 12 month requirement was waived for all Peace Corps Response Volunteers evacuated in March 2020 due to COVID-19.

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 350-400 hours of service, outreach,  collective Fellows' service projects and activities per 12-month period for each year of the fellowship


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.
Application deadlines for the Coverdell program are closed for the 2021-22 academic year. 
  • 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 offers are coordinated 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 and skills to meet community needs
  • 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, international or domestic aid work

Photo of Coverdell Fellows participating in the annual AIDS Walk.


Coverdell Fellow application webinars and are held throughout the year. Please sign-up to receive more details and specifics for each session. Please note we are in Arizona time as we do not follow daylight savings time.

Watch Past Sessions

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, Zoom or webinar to discuss your Coverdell Fellows application. Contact us by email to arrange a virtual meeting. 
Last updated 25 Jan 2022