Coverdell Fellows Program

UMass Boston is proud to be a partner university of the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, run by the U.S. Peace Corps. Our Coverdell Fellows are enrolled in our MA program here at the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development (SGISD).

Learn about our current Coverdell Fellows!

Benefits for returned volunteers

The Coverdell Program offers incentives for returned Peace Corps volunteers to attend graduate schools across the United States. SGISD’s Coverdell Fellows receive financial aid including in-state tuition for out-of-state students, coverage of their application fee, and 6 academic credits for their Peace Corps service.

Volunteers who have completed at least 12 months of service with Peace Corps Response or through the Global Health Service Partnership may also apply to the Coverdell Program. The 12 months can be consecutive or through a combination of tours.

Serving and sharing your story

All SGISD Coverdell Fellows participate in internships in underserved communities in the greater Boston area. They use the intercultural knowledge and practical skills gained during their term of service to engage with and empower members of excluded communities.

Fellows also share what they learned about their country of service through formal presentations and informal conversations at UMass Boston, their internship site, and beyond. This is part of the Third Goal of Peace Corps: to promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Affiliated program

MA in Global Inclusion and Social Development (general info on program | specific Coverdell info | flyer)

How to apply

Coverdell applicants should apply via the regular SGISD application process, submitting all required materials to the UMass Boston Office of Graduate Admissions. Please indicate on your application that you are a returned Peace Corps volunteer and wish to be considered for a Coverdell Fellowship. You may also describe your Peace Corps service and interest in the fellowship in your personal statement.

Finally, please email a copy of your official Description of Service from the Peace Corps to the Coverdell Fellows coordinator, Anya Weber. You may do this at any time up until the application deadline for the program to which you're applying.

Please also contact Anya for specific directions on getting your application fee covered.


Anya Weber is available to answer your questions about the fellowship and how it may fit in with your Peace Corps service and professional goals. Email her or call her at 617.287.4405.