Peace Corps Applicants

Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows Program


The University of Maryland School of Public Policyis a Peace Corps partner school. Peace Corps Fellows, conceived at Columbia University Teacher's College in 1985, allows returning Peace Corps volunteers to pursue subsidized masters and doctoral degrees while using the skills garnered during Peace Corps service in underserved communities here in the U.S.

MSPP will grant successful Fellows Master of Public Policy degrees with specializations available in Education Policy, Energy Policy, Environmental Policy, Social Policy, Health Policy, International Development, International Security and Economic Policy, Public Management and Leadership, Public Sector Financial Management, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, and Federal Acquisitions Management.  A joint master of Public Policy and master of Business Administration is also available, as is a joint master of Public Policy and J.D. degree in association with Maryland’s Carey School of Law.

Dr. Donald Kettl, dean of the School of Public Policy, said, “We are thrilled to partner with the Peace Corps in the Fellows program. We enjoy having the returning Peace Corps volunteers in the College Park community as graduate students in our Master of Public Policy program. Their experience will benefit the classroom as well as the community where their Peace Corps experience will definitely be put to use in their field internships.” Volunteers who have satisfactorily completed their Peace Corps service will be eligible for the program which, besides class work towards the degree, will include internships geared toward assisting individuals, families, and communities in the Washington Metropolitan area. Fellows will be awarded graduate assistantships which include a stipend and up to twelve credit hours of tuition remission.

An integral part of the Peace Corps Fellows program is a substantive, degree-related internship in a high-need community. With their cross-cultural skills, adaptability, and desire to work for improvement, returning volunteers are valuable assets at their universities. The program has established partnerships with more than 50 universities nationwide. As one of Peace Corps’ domestic programs, Peace Corps Fellows enables returning volunteers to pursue graduate degrees at a reduced cost while aiding underserved U.S. communities through internships.


Support provided for Fellows

What will be provided to Fellows in fellowships, reduced tuition, or stipends? What are the sources for each type of support? 

The Peace Corps Fellow will receive a graduate assistantship which includes a stipend for the first academic year in the amount of at least $7,000 and up to 12 credits of tuition remission (depends upon enrollment).  The Peace Corps Fellow will be expected to develop and assist in mentoring and programming undergraduate students in the Public Leadership Scholars program.  Public Leadership students have an interest in public service and relish the opportunity to address pressing social, political and economic problems. Public Leadership Scholars are informed and engaged citizens who provide ethically-based leadership from the local to the global level.

Peace Corps Fellows award may be renewed for a second year provided the student maintains an eligible graduate GPA of 3.500 or better.


Application Procedures

Former Peace Corps volunteers who are interested in pursuing their MPP at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy and applying to be a Peace Corps Fellow must first apply to the MPP program at Maryland. This application can be completed online. All applicants must provide transcripts, GRE or GMAT scores, an essay and three letters of recommendation. The applications due by the priority deadline of December 31 and initial decisions are made in early February.  The applications are read by a faculty admissions committee and interviews are requested if faculty have questions about the application. For more information on applying to the MPP program please see visit our admissions page <here>.

In order to be considered for the Peace Corps Fellow programs, all applicants must also submit a copy of the Description of Service (DOS).  If the applicant is still serving a preliminary DOS may be submitted. 

For more information about Peace Corps Fellows, please visit the Peace Corps Web site at



For questions about the MPP Program and the Peace Corps Fellows at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, please contact Taryn Faulkner, Admissions Director, at