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 may 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. GWSPH will provide a 25% tuition discount (approximately $20,000). In addition, Coverdell awardees will be eligible for merit-based aid (academic scholarships), first generation grants, and need-based grants.
  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 Nursing.


When students apply to The Milken Institute School of Public Health, they will be able to indicate on the application that they have served in the Peace Corp. When an applicant indicates they are a Returning Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV), a prompt will appear to write an essay if they are interested in being reviewed for the Coverdell Fellowship. Students write a 500 word essay describing how their PCV experience will contribute to their long-term plans in public health and how the Fellowship will enhance their experience. A three-person committee reviews this, approximately seven students are selected. A review of proper documentation is required before being awarded the Coverdell Fellowship. The recipients will be notified about the monetary award (and other financial resources) via their financial aid award letter.


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