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We are accepting applications for next academic year.
Apply here: 2020-2021 Coverdell Application 

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First Review/Priority Deadline for 2020-2021 is January 15th, 2020

Learn the latest about applying to the University of Arizona Coverdell Fellows program -- December 2019 Applicant Newsletter

Congratulations 2012 Graduates!

Kari Benge, M.A., Art Education
Art Teacher, Fort Collins, Colorado
Art Teacher at Arcanum-Butler School District, Ohio;
See Kari's mural in the UA College of Education lobby.
Peace Corps Ghana
Chester Clark, M.Ed. Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies/Teach Arizona
Physics teacher, Basis High School Oro Valley, Tucson, AZ

Learn the latest about applying to the University of Arizona Coverdell Fellows program -- November 2019 Applicant Newsletter

We primarily support Master's degree students. Limited support is provided to students pursuing a Ph.D., generally after completing a Master's at the University of Arizona. Support is limited to a maximum of two years.
Departments which partner with UA Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows are linked below. We will consider other programs by request (e.g. Educational Leadership, Special Education, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Photography, and the dual M.D./M.P.H. for the M.P.H. portion only). We do not support online programs of study.


Click on the name to email the director, coordinator, or outreach assistant of the Fellowship Program.

Congratulations, 2016 Graduates!       

Spring 2016

Robert Alvarez, M.A. Latin American Studies; M.P.A. Public Administration
Senior Manager, Youth Leadership Programs, CADCA, Alexandria, VA
Special Advisor, Office of Educational Design and Quality Control at MINEDUC - Ministerio de Educación - Guatemala
Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellow, Guatemalan Ministry of Education, 2016-17
Tinker Foundation and FLAS awards
Diplomacy and Diversity Fellow for Humanity in Action

Since 2000, University of Arizona Coverdell Fellows have collaborated with more than 150 non-profit, government, and applied research agencies working with underserved communities. Below is a snapshot of some of those partners who work on issues related to community development, education, environment, health, and migration/refugees. You can also learn more about current Coverdell Fellow placements here - 2019-2020 Fellows Outreach Assistantship Placements.

Tucson is a richly complex community that offers an abundance of interesting opportunities. Migrant and refugee issues, health disparities, use of water resources, range management, fire management planning, and economic and community development issues are challenging and relevant to our community. Tucson has one non-profit organization for approximately every 375 residents.

  • Graduate Outreach Assistantship
  • Financial Assistance
  • Professional Development and Leadership Opportunities
  • Active RPCV Community Support
Fellows receive a quarter-time Graduate Outreach Assistantship. Benefits of Appointment for Coverdell Fellows  include:

CHRISTINA BAUM     Graduate Program: Health Behavior Health Promotion, M.P.H.

December 2007 Graduates

Chad Anderson, M.P.A., Public Administration and Policy
Peace Corps Paraguay, 2002-04
Fellows' Service - UA Office of Economic Development, City of South Tucson and
City of Tucson City Manager's Office
Analyst, City Manager's Office, City of Tucson City
Budget Analyst, Arapahoe County, Colorado, 2009-11
Case Management Coordinator, City and County of Denver, CO, 2011-13

May 2014 Graduates

Moira Alexander, M.P.H., Public Health/HBHP
Health Education, El Rio Clinic, Tucson, AZ
Health Education and Outreach Coordinator, Pima County Health Department
Training Facilitator, Heartsavers, Inc.
Internships: Program Development and Evaluation Intern for AzCHOW; Wellness and Health Promotion Intern at El Rio Community Health Center
Past President of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Southern Arizona/Desert Doves
Peace Corps Morocco

Congratulations 2017 Graduates!       

Spring 2017

Robin Al-Haddad, M.D.P. Development Management, M.S.L. Legal Studies
Research Consultant, TANGO International
Outreach Assistantship, TANGO International
Volunteer for Many Mouths One Stomach and Desert Doves
Peace Corps South Africa
Jessica S. Allen, M.P.H. Maternal and Child Health

Winter 2019 Graduates

Alexandrea Armstrong Pilgrim, M.A. Counseling/Rehabilitation and Mental Health
Outreach Assistantship: Palo Santo Clinic
Peace Corps Grenada

Katey Redmond, M.P.H. Public Health
HIV and Hepatitis C Counselor, Truman Health Services, UNM Medical Group
Outreach Assistantship: UA Petersen Clinic
Peace Corps South Africa

Coverdell Fellows volunteer for a number of community service projects each year. Thank you to our partner agencies for hosting service projects in 2018-2019!

In February 2019, Fellows participated in the Outreach+Research Showcase poster session. This event highlights the various ways the UA Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows program connects the University's academic foci with the work of local agencies to address our communities needs.

Congratulations 2018 Graduates!

Spring 2018

Joel Atwood, M.S. Hydrology
Pathways Intern, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Colorado
Assistantship: UA Water Resources Research Center
National Resource Conservation Service
Peace Corps Rwanda

Congratulations 2011 Graduates!

Tayo Akanni, M.B.A.
Peace Corps Senegal
U.S. Army
Internships Imagine Greater Tucson; Junior Achievement
Financial Planning Analyst, Intel Corporation, Portland, OR (2012-2014)
Senior Financial Analyst, Intel Corporation, Portland, OR (2014-2015)
Product Line Finance Specialist, Intel Corporation, San Franciso (2015-2016)
R&D Finance Manager, Intel Corporation, San Francisco Bay Area (2017-present)
Information on this page describes ways that agencies can partner with us to host a Peace Corps Coverdell Fellow.
UA Coverdell Fellows commit to providing approximately 320 hours of service and outreach annually for each of two years. Service must benefit an underserved community in the United States or its territories. Service is usually conducted through a quarter-time (.25 FTE) Outreach Assistantship, which is usually paid, but is sometimes a volunteer or academic experience.
Paid Internships
One of the most commonly stated benefits of Coverdell Fellows at the UA is the sense of community. We build community through the following:
  • All incoming Fellows participate in orientation the week prior to the start of classes, and are assigned a mentor
  • A PCF "Moving to Tucson" guide and weekly emails for incoming Fellows helps with the transition to Tucson and graduate school

The theme of the 2018 Peace Corps Fair was "Friends Without Borders".  Thanks to all our friends, community and academic partners, and the students of UA for coming out.

February 20th, 2018

Congratulations, 2015 Graduates!       

Spring 2015         

Jenna A. Altherr Flores, M.A. English Language/Linguistics
Doctoral student in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching
Internships: University of Arizona Writing Program; Refugee Education Program (ESL and Literacy) at Pima Community College Adult Basic Education for College and Career; Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Graduate Coordinator
Peace Corps Belize

Congratulations, 2010 Graduates!

Aaron Banas, M.A., Latin American Studies, Economic Development
Internship: Southside Presyterian Church
Peace Corps Honduras & Ecuador
Central Hondural Education Fund
Cuerpo de Paz, Ecuador
Trip Advisor for Sustainable Harvest International
Director of Project Gettysburg Leon, Leon Nicaragua (Sister City Program)
Angela Bennett, M.A., Art Education
Internship: Teacher TUSD

Kristen Bellamy Butler, M.P.H. Environmental & Occupational Health, CIH
Peace Corps Cote d'Ivoire, 2001-02
Internship - UA Risk Management and Steward Observatory
Industrial Hygienist at Georgia Tech Research Institute
Ph.D. candidate Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012
Senior Research Scientist, Industrial Hygienist, Georgia Tech Research Institute, Atlanta, GA, 2005-present
Industrial Hygiene Consultant, 2015-present

Jennifer Dederich, M.S. Planning, AICP

The UA Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowship Program is hosting the 12th annual Peace Corps Fair on Tuesday, February 20th from 11am - 3pm at the University of Arizona Student Union North Ballroom.

 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.


Bringing Service Home Since 2000!

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Where Do Our Alumni Go?

If you are wondering if someone from UA will find their dream job abroad or in a major metropolitan city. The answer is YES! Graduating or changing jobs? Check for alumni near you. We have alumni groups in Washington D.C., New York City, Boston, Chicago, Portland, California, Phoenix, Tucson and around the world.

See where our Fellows served in Peace Corps, their local internship, and where their career has taken them.

Chase Vanessa (Barnes) Currie, M.P.H., Epidemiology
Peace Corps Namibia, 2004-06
Fellows Service – UA Risk Management & Safety, Fellows Admin Assistant
Intensive Spanish Immersion student, Merida, Mexico, Aug. 2009
AmeriCorps Member - UA Risk Mangement, 2008 and Mariposa Community Health Center, 2009-10
Infectious Disease Prevention Specialist, Tucson Medical Center, 2010 - 2014
Quality Improvement Lead at Carondelet Health Network - St. Joseph's Hospital, Tucson, AZ, 2014-present

Vanessa Anthony-Stevens, Ph.D., Language, Reading, and Culture
Assistant Professor of Social and Cultural Studies, University of Idaho
Assistant Professor of Practice, UA College of Education
Adjunct Professor, Tohono O'odham Community College 
Project Manager, Project SEED/Proyecto Semilla          
Internship: Science Teacher at Ha San Middle School and Project SEED/Proyecto Semilla
Peace Corps Paraguay
Arthur Bassett, M.S., Planning

Alina Campana, M.A., Art Education
Peace Corps Mongolia, 2000-03
PCF Internships - La Pilita Museum, PC Week graphic designer
Communications and Development Coordinator at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre in Minneapolis, MN.
Program Director, Perpich Center for Arts Education, Golden Valley, MN

A virtual (online) Outreach Assistantship Career Fair is held in early summer to  acquaint new Fellows with assistantship opportunities and host agencies. The following sites are good resources to identify and explore area non-profits and UA outreach units. The related pages are organized by general topic and include links to agencies which Coverdell Fellows have interned. Please check the organization's website for current information. 

  • Full-time enrollment in a graduate degree-seeking program
  • Annual academic progress and timely completion of the degree
  • Service to an underserved population in the U.S. or its territories through an outreach assistantship, internship, employment, or other research

Stan Bolle, M.P.A. Public Administration and Policy
Peace Corps Ubulu-Uku, Nigeria, 1963-66
Sales Development Manager for northeast Asia, Hewlitt-Packard
Internships AriSewna Sewing Cooperative Marketing Plan, Department of Commerce, San Diego, CA
Benchmarking Team Leader, Pima County Department of Transportation

Kirk Jorgensen, M.B.A., MIS, Eller College
Peace Corps Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, 1997-99
PCF Internship - Rodale Family Foundation project on social entrepreneurship

Judy Marcouiller, M.P.A. Public Administration and Policy
Peace Corps Service in Liberia (1977-79) and Botswana (1982-84)
Associate Director for Administration, Peace Corps, Sierra Leone and Swaziland, 1990-95
Recruiter, Recruitment Office Manager, U.S. Peace Corps, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Kansas City 1985-90; Washington D.C.
Director of Human Resources and Administration, American Refugee Committee, 1996-2000
Peace Corps Fellow Service - Peace Corps Fellows Program/UA Graduate College

Robert Zuccaro, M.S. Planning, AICP, CPM
Peace Corps Ghana, 1997-1999
Internship - Research Assistant with Sonoran Institute
Planner, Consensus Planning, Inc, Alburquerque, NM, 2003-05
Planner II, City of Greenwood Village, CO, 2005-08
Community Development Director, City of Cherry Hills Village, CO, 2008-

Lisa Westerbeck, M.P.A. Public Administration and Policy
Peace Corps Elblag, Poland, 1999-2001
Internship - Pima County Environmental Services
Planner City of Santa Fe, NM to 2006

Join the UA Peace Corps Fellows on April 21st from 12-2pm to learn what we do to make a difference in underserved communities!

Light luncheon available for those who RSVP.

Peace Corps Fair 2017

"Making the World your Home"

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
University of Arizona Student Memorial Union, North Ballroom
1303 E. University Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85721

Grab a passport and be on your way! 

Join 140+ volunteers at the 2017 Peace Corps Fair to visit a Pacific island village, walk through an African market, and hear exciting stories about life abroad.  Make the world your home by exploring the sights, sounds, and cultures that are celebrated across the globe.

How many countries will you visit?

Follow the link to attend as a visitor or for information on how to register to share YOUR story.


Hi RPCV’s, Community Agencies, and Friends!

We invite you to join us for the 12th annual Peace Corps Fair, to share the work you do in southern Arizona, to share what you learned serving in Peace Corps, and to recruit volunteers and students. We generally have about 165 exhibitors and 400-700 students and community members attending the fair.

Please see below for Fair details and registration information:

2017 Peace Corps Fair

Tuesday, February 28th from 2:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Register for upcoming application webinars TODAY!  Bring your questions and learn more about Program requirements, eligibility, and useful application tips!

Upcoming dates:

Wednesday Jan 11 from 9:30 to 10:30 am (Mountain Standard Time)

Join us for an online webinar on any of the upcoming dates to learn more about the UA Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows program, the application process, and important deadlines!

The new application for the UA Fellows Program is almost complete!  Please check back in the next two weeks to begin your online application.  The application can be found in the left column on the Home screen under Applicants and UA Coverdell Application.

We are excited to recieve your application!

Join us next week to learn about the benefits of being a UA Coverdell Fellow, program eligibility, and more!  A special guest from the MPH program will be online to share information specific to the Public Health Program.  Don't miss the chance to ask your questions!

December 2006 Graduates

Annie Wallace, M.S., Planning
Peace Corps Nepal
Fellows Internship - Sage Landscape Architecture and Environmental
Executive Director, Rincon Institute (2006-2008)
PHE Technical Advisor, Public Health Institute, Global Health Fellows Program, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2008-2010)
Organizational Learning Consultant, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation (2010-11)
Research Program Administrator, Public Health Institute (2011-12)


Feeding Our Future, Radio AZPM, 9/29/2016

UA Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows on You Tube

In honor of a recent visit by U.S. Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radalet, several Coverdell Fellows shared their Peace Corps experiences.

Join UA Fellows and the Desert Doves RPCV group at SAAF AIDSWALK 2016!  Whether you're a runner or a walker, we want to see YOU there!! Register with our team today!

Join us for an online webinar on any of the upcoming dates to learn more about the UA Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows program, the application process, and important deadlines!

  • Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 12:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Friday, January 6, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m

Have questions about the UA Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows Program and application process?  Join us on Friday, September 23 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm to learn more about the program, eligibility, important deadlines, and more!

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Save the Date

Friday, February 26, 2016
11:00 am- 3:00 pm

Meet 140+ Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, tour the world, visit a Pacific island village, an African market, or a Latin American bus station. Ask questions and enjoy the sights, sounds, and stories gathered while living 27 months abroad in another culture.

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News Archives 2011-2012

U.S. Department of State Official Blog

Recent graduate Andrew Gall was sworn in by Secretary of State John Kerry to be a Peace Corps Response Volunteer in Guatemala.

University of Arizona Peace Corps Fellow Stories

In 2008, we posted stories from Peace Corps Fellows at the UA. Enjoy their stories on the UA You Tube playlist Peace Corps Fellows/USA at the UA:

Brooke Bender: RPCV South Africa - MPH Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (Mar. 18, 2008)


The next webinar for applications for the 2016-2017 academic year will be on August 7th at 12 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time). Follow this link to join! 

A recording of the previous webinar can be found here.

Congratulations to the 300+ UA Coverdell Fellows alumni!

Browse our alumni on the following pages for country served, internships and professional placements.

Alumni, keep in touch with us by:

Email, Facebook, Linked In, Instagram, and our alumni UA lists.