Paul D. Coverdell Fellows are eligible for 50 percent scholarships ($20K+ annually) toward a Middlebury Institute master’s degree. Other Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) are eligible for 25 percent scholarships ($11K+ annually).
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Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers (EPCVs), Peace Corps Response (PCR), and Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) volunteers are all eligible for our scholarships.
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Benefits Honored Despite COVID-19 Disruptions
If your Peace Corps service was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, please know that we will still honor your scholarship and other partner benefits highlighted below.
RPCV and EPCV 25 Percent Scholarships
All Peace Corps volunteers are eligible for 25 percent ($11K+ annual) scholarships, including evacuated volunteers, who are admitted to our eligible master’s degree programs.
Coverdell Fellows Program Scholarship
The Middlebury Institute values your Peace Corps experience, and RPCVs are encouraged to apply for the Fellows program. Those accepted to the Fellows program and enrolling at the Institute are eligible for 50 percent ($20K+ annual) scholarships toward tuition (instead of the 25 percent scholarship available to all RPCVs).
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, former faculty, and staff are RPCVs, including the founder of the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program, Dr. Beryl Levinger.
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 Peace Corps fellowships are available 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:
Jewish Family Services (Refugee Resettlement Volunteer)
American Red Cross, Central Coast Chapter (Climate Change Task Force Volunteer/Disaster Response Volunteer)
Coalition of Homeless Service Providers (Coordinated Entry Intern)
Carmel River Watershed Conservancy (CRWC/CWD 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)
Internship Hour Requirements
Peace Corps Fellows are required to complete internship hours for each semester that your degree programs require you to be on campus (or temporarily online due to the hybrid nature of some programs and classes). The hour requirements are listed below.
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 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.
Fellows are required to complete an essay (prompt below) that highlights their Peace Corps service and outlines their plans for the Coverdell Fellowship internship:
“The Peace Corps Fellowship requires students serve in an underserved community. For most students, this takes the form of an internship or series of internships totaling between 150-300 hours, depending on the length of the degree program. In 500 words or fewer, please describe how you might fulfill these hours in the local community and how this works complements the skills and knowledge that you developed during your Peace Corps service.”
Online Discussion Series
Watch recordings of our online discussion series featuring 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.