Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

PeaceCorps logo.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.

Prospective SIT students who are selected to be Paul D. Coverdell Fellows will receive a $5,000 tuition scholarship plus room and board at SIT’s campus in Vermont during the first academic year (presently valued at $10,200) or equivalent scholarship ($15,200).

In order to be eligible for the fellows program, individuals must have satisfactorily completed their Peace Corps service* and be admitted to one of the following SIT master’s degree programs:

As part of their SIT graduate program, fellows must complete a practicum — a core component of every SIT master’s program — in a high-need American community (as defined by SIT). The practicum must relate to the student’s coursework and career goals and be for a minimum of six months. Only SIT’s on campus degree programs are applicable. 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.

Peace Corps Master’s International Program

SIT Graduate Institute was a Peace Corps Master’s International partner institution until the Peace Corps retired the program in 2016. SIT encourages students interested in pursuing Peace Corps service to apply, and can provide knowledge and resources to aid in the application process. SIT students may still pursue Peace Corps service to fulfill their practicum requirement.