Peace Corps' Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program is a graduate fellowship program that offers financial assistance to returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

About Coverdell Fellows

The Coverdell Fellows program provides a great opportunity for returned Peace Corps Volunteers to continue their service to underserved communities while also pursing graduate studies at a reduced cost.

All fellows complete internships in underserved American communities, allowing them to bring home and expand upon the skills they learned as Volunteers. These skills in adapting to new cultures, developing and managing projects, dealing with language barriers, and leveraging limited resources attract the attention of prospective schools.

Find out eligibility information on the Coverdell Fellows website.

Coverdell Fellows and International Agriculture and Development

Penn State offers a unique dual-title degree program in International Agriculture and Development (INTAD) allowing students to combine technical expertise in one of six graduate programs with the skill set needed to work in today’s global food system.  The Coverdell Fellows will bring a rich perspective into the classroom, particularly in the capstone course for the INTAD program, INTAD 820.  In that course, students from all disciplines and backgrounds work together in multidisciplinary teams to solve challenges related to food security.

Learn more about the International Agriculture and Development dual-title program.


Application fee

The Penn State application fee is waived for Coverdell applicants.

Tuition waiver

Coverdell fellows have a tuition waiver for two years of study (applicable for fall/spring only)  as the student works toward the M.S. in the INTAD program. 


Coverdell Fellows have the opportunity to share knowledge and gain experience in the field via an internship program with Penn State Extension.  Working side-by-side with extension educators, Coverdell Fellows will bring together international experience with local issues to develop a truly global perspective.  The  partnership emphasizes the importance of real-world experience for solving complex challenges related to global food security. 


Contact Dr. Melanie Miller Foster for more information:

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