Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), Peace Corps Response (PCR), and Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) volunteers are eligible to apply to the Institute’s competitive Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program to receive scholarships, find opportunities to intern in the community, and bring their world experience to campus.
The Middlebury Institute values your Peace Corps experience, and RPCVs are encouraged to apply for the fellows program. Recipients receive a guaranteed $16,000 annual scholarship toward tuition. You may also qualify for our other scholarship opportunities, but be sure to apply early for priority consideration.
Application Fee Waiver
All RPCVs can waive the application fee.
Our Peace Corps Connection
The Institute and Peace Corps have been partnering together for over 20 years. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) feel at home on our diverse campus, where their Peace Corps experience is highly valued. Our students come from more than 40 countries, so RPCVs often meet classmates from their country of service. An active Peace Corps club brings together RPCVs and students interested in the Peace Corps to exchange experiences and organize events promoting the Third Goal. The late Institute professor Peter Grothe created the name “Peace Corps,” and many Institute students, faculty, and staff are RPCVs, including the founder of the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program, Dr. Beryl Levinger, program chair of the Master of Public Administration and Master of Arts in International Policy and Development programs.
In today’s job market, RPCVs often find they need an advanced degree to supplement their field-based Peace Corps experience. We regularly enroll RPCVs in all of our degree programs, but our fellows typically pursue graduate degrees in the following programs:
Fellows work closely with the Center for Advising and Career Services to secure a professional internship with an underserved American community. Internship hours depend on the length of the degree program, and students can fulfill their hours working with one or multiple organizations. This flexibility makes the internship both rewarding and manageable. The following are examples of local internships that past fellows have pursued:
Idaho Conservation League (Community Conservation Intern)
Community Caring of Monterey Peninsula (Social Media Program Assistant)
YWCA (Grant Analysis Intern)
Health Records for Everyone (Global Health Intern)
Middlebury Institute of International Studies (Peace Corps Programs Graduate Assistant)
Big Sur Land Trust (Grant Planning and Research Coordinator)
Lyceum of Monterey County (Program Coordinator)
International School of Monterey (Community Project Coordinator)
United Way of Monterey (Media Intern)
All volunteers who have satisfactorily completed their service have lifetime eligibility. Satisfactory completion is indicated by one of the following:
Completed the full two-year tour of Peace Corps service, or the full tour minus up to 90 days if returned home on an emergency leave.
Granted Early Close of Service or Interrupted Service status due to circumstances beyond the volunteer's control.
Medically separated as a volunteer.
Returned PCR and GHSP volunteers who have served a full 12 months. This can come through one 12-month tour or a combination of shorter tours.
Fellows are selected based on the quality of their applications and the availability of fellowships. Fellowships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
Contact Senior Director of Institutional Partnerships Jill Stoffers.
Online Discussion Series: So You’re an RPCV. Now What?
This live stream series features Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and other members of our campus community. Hosts share stories of reintegration, offer practical advice on how to take the next steps in your professional development, and discuss how to best leverage your Peace Corps experience. Recordings of each episode are available.