Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

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SIT has supported the Peace Corps community from its inception in the early 1960s, when we were among the first institutions in the country to train the very first Peace Corps volunteers as they prepared to go abroad. We continue to stand in solidarity and partnership with the Peace Corps community today.

The Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program provides financial assistance to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV) who wish to pursue graduate education at partner institutions, which include SIT Graduate Institute.

In this spirit, we offer our support to returned Peace Corps volunteers who were abruptly moved back to the United States in spring 2020 as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic and who may now find themselves in search of next steps for their future. We will support these individuals with the following:



As part of our standard partnership, we offer Coverdell Fellows a financial benefit of 35% off tuition for any of our low-residency programs. We are now increasing this scholarship to 40% off tuition for spring returnees who needed to come home due to the coronavirus pandemic. The benefit is valid for two years, starting in fall 2020.



To be eligible for the fellows program, individuals must have satisfactorily completed their Peace Corps service* and be admitted to one of SIT’s low-residency master’s degree programs.

As part of their SIT graduate program, fellows must complete a practicum of 150 to 300 hours in a high-needs U.S. community (as defined by SIT). The practicum must relate to the student’s coursework and career goals and be for a minimum of six weeks. Practicums may be paid professional positions or unpaid internships.

*To have satisfactorily completed Peace Corps service, a volunteer must have completed the full two-year tour of service or the full tour minus up to 90 days, if returned home on an emergency leave; have been granted an “Early Close of Service” or an “Interrupted Service” due to circumstances beyond the volunteer’s control; or have been medically separated as a volunteer.



To learn more about SIT Graduate Institute's scholarships for returning Peace Corps volunteers or SIT master's and doctorate programs, please reach out to Mary Kay Sigda at or Maira Tungatarova