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  • Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

    Selected by the Peace Corps as a Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program partner, The New School, through its Schools of Public Engagement, has welcomed returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) as Coverdell Fellows for the past two decades. The New School and the Peace Corps share the goal of bringing about positive social and economic change in underserved communities around the globe. Here you can acquire skills and knowledge that will help you make a difference in the world.

    At The New School, RPCVs benefit from the guidance of a dedicated faculty of scholars and professionals and from opportunities to apply classroom learning to serve the public good through project- and field-based learning. This unique educational methodology is a major attraction for RPCVs seeking to advance in their careers.

    Determined, motivated, and skilled at getting things done, RPCVs are some of our strongest students. As an RPCV, you enrich our educational environment by bringing your valuable hands-on experience to the classroom.

    Coverdell Fellows at the Schools of Public Engagement enjoy the following benefits:

    • A scholarship of up to 75 percent, covering tuition costs and mandatory university fees
    • Invitations to networking events designed specifically for the Peace Corps community
    • Individualized support from the director of admission throughout the admission process
    • Assistance in securing an internship relevant to their area of study
    • Access to an alumni network of hundreds of New School Coverdell Fellows
    • An opportunity to advance the Peace Corps mission by sharing their experiences in New School classrooms and in local communities

    Master's Programs

    Doctoral Program

    Fellowship Benefits and Application Requirements

    Coverdell Fellowships are competitive and include tuition scholarships of up to 75 percent of tuition costs and mandatory university fees. In addition to fulfilling program admission requirements, you must submit the Peace Corps Description of Service along with your application when applying for a Coverdell Fellowship.

    To learn more about program admission requirements and deadlines, visit the program pages listed above.

    Improving the World by Degrees

    More than 200 RPCVs have completed their graduate studies at The New School. Through the contacts and networks they develop in our programs, graduates are able to apply the passion and courage that brought them to the Peace Corps to jobs in government, NGOs and other nonprofit organizations, and socially conscious businesses around the world. As a Coverdell Fellow at The New School, you will help fulfill the Peace Corps' Third Goal: to promote a better understanding of other peoples among Americans.

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    Phone: 212.229.5150 or 800.862.5039
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To apply to any of our undergraduate programs (except the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs) complete and submit the Common App online.

Undergraduate Adult Learners

To apply to any of our Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.


To apply to any of our Master's, Doctoral, Professional Studies Diploma, and Graduate Certificate programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.