Peace Corps Fellows

The Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows Program (USA) is a graduate fellowship program that offers financial assistance to returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) who wish to earn a graduate degree in an approved partner institution. Bowling Green State University’s affiliated programs are committed to providing RPCVs with a wide range of benefits, including financial aid and a career-related internship.

In 2008 the M.A. in Cross-Cultural and International Education (MACIE) became the first graduate program at BGSU to become a Peace Corps Fellows Program.

In 2012 the Coverdell Peace Corps Program approved five new Coverdell Programs at BGSU: American Studies, Business, Food and Nutrition, Public Administration, and Spanish.

The mission of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program at Bowling Green State University is to educate students, preparing them to assume leadership roles in public service.  The program aims to provide the public and nonprofit sectors with talented and rigorously-trained graduates equipped to address problems and challenges now and in the years ahead.  It strives to promote intellectual development, scholarship, leadership, ethics and training in basic and applied research relevant to the public and nonprofit sectors at various levels. The program trains students in the theory, methods, and practice of public administration through a combination of coursework, research, and experiential learning via public service and client-based projects. The program serves its students, BGSU, the state of Ohio, the US, and the international community by promoting innovative and effective solutions in the public and nonprofit sectors.

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Financial Assistance for Peace Corps Fellow

Coverdell Fellows are eligible for full tuition remission and a 10 hour week assistantship.


The internship is required for Fellows and must entail working with an underserved population.


There is no separate application for the Coverdell program.  Once admitted to the MPA program, volunteers must submit their Description of Service (DOS) to certify successful completion of Peace Corps Service.