• The Peace Corps

  • The Peace Corps
  • Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

    One of the few universities chosen by the Peace Corps as a partnering institution, The New School shares your desire to work for a better world. We have offered fellowships to eligible returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) since 1998.

    The university recently expanded the number and variety of graduate degree programs to which RPCVs can apply as Paul D. Coverdell Fellows. These include the following master’s and doctoral programs.

    Master's Program

    Doctoral Program

    Fellowships Benefits and Application Requirements

    Coverdell fellowships are competitive and include tuition scholarships of 25 to 50 percent of tuition costs, depending on the program. 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

    The New School and the Peace Corps share the goal of bringing about positive social and economic change in underserved communities at home and abroad. Here you can acquire skills and knowledge that will help you make a difference in the world.

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

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

    Nearly 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 at home and around the world.