Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program


The Coverdell Fellowship program provides an opportunity for volunteers from the Peace Corps, Peace Corps Response, and Global Health Services Partnerships to further their education so they many continue to serve underserved communities. Coverdell Fellows who matriculate at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University (GWSPH) will have the opportunity to tap into a robust network of university-community partnerships for their community-based internship requirement.

In partnership with practice-oriented staff and faculty, fellows will meet established community partners and clients to co-plan a service project for the fellow to implement and evaluate in partnership with the community throughout the first year of their coursework. Potential internships include creating a community cookbook and hosting complementary cooking classes at a local rec center using only locally sourced, SNAP-eligible ingredients; redesigning a NGO website to better meet the language and literacy needs of the populations they serve; and/or working across community partner groups to organize a client-led advocacy group for the purposes of building accountability in local government. These internships will largely be based in underserved neighborhoods within Wards 1, 5, 6, 7, and 8 in the District of Columbia.



  1. Financial support is made available to all students selected to participate as Coverdell Fellows at GWSPH. Students selected for the current academic year received a total funding package of over $30,000 over two years.
  2. Students will receive advising from the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Associate Dean for Public Health Practice.
  3. Special programming for Coverdell Fellows will occur within the School of Public Health.
  4. Relationships will be made with other George Washington University Coverdell Fellows within the School of Business.


REQUIREMENTS TO APPLY - The Fall 2019 application has closed. 

All applicants to the Coverdell Fellowship at the GWSPH must be admitted students to an on-campus master's program. Visit the Graduate Admissions website to learn how to apply to GWSPH. After being admitted, applicants to the Coverdell Fellowship will write a brief essay using the following prompt (Max 500 words):

Please tell the committee how your Peace Corps experience makes you a good fit for the GW Coverdell Fellowship.



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