Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows Program
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Coming home after Peace Corps is an exciting time. Why let the adventure end there? The Coverdell Peace Corps Program at BGSU provides Returned Peace Corps Volunteers with opportunities to enhance skills and knowledge acquired during service while continuing to help underprivileged communities in the United States. BGSU welcomes Retuned Peace Corps Volunteers to our campus to bring their service home through sixteen graduate degree programs and three graduate certificates designed to build upon their service and to meaningfully apply those skills. Through internships and collaboration within our growing RPCV community, Fellows contribute the Third Goal of Peace Corps by bringing their unique experiences to parts of the United States where they are needed most.
Since 2008, BGSU has partnered with the Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows Program to offer financial assistance to RPCVs pursuing graduate degrees. All of our degree programs are designed to translate the skills and knowledge that volunteers acquired during their Peace Corps experience into a career. Visit the Browse Programs Page for more information about the graduate programs offered at BGSU. For more detailed information pertaining to each of our 14 Coverdell Fellows programs, we invite you to visit the program websites below.
In addition, PC Fellows at BGSU also have the opportunity to receive additional credentialing through completing one of three Coverdell approved Graduate Certificates that can be earned concurrently with the graduate degrees:
- Ethnic Studies Certificate
- Public History Certificate
- Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Certificate
The application requirements vary by program. To apply as a Peace Corps Fellow you must contact each program for detailed information about their application requirements and fellowships.
BGSU Coverdell Fellows Requirements
All Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who have satisfactorily completed their service have lifetime eligibility for Fellows Programs. This means that whether you are just returning home or returned home several years ago, you can take advantage of the PC Fellows benefits.
Satisfactory completion of Peace Corps service means that you have been granted “Close of Service”, “Early Close of Service”/“Interrupted Service” or were medically separated. Individuals who left their Peace Corps service early without any of these classifications may not apply for a Fellowship.
Starting in Fall 2018, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who have
successfully completed at least 12 months of service with Peace Corps
Response or the Global Health Service Partnership are also eligible to
apply to Fellows Programs.
In addition, all PC Fellows at BGSU must:
- Be enrolled in at least one of the 16 BGSU Coverdell Graduate Degree Programs
- Submit a signed copy of their Description
of Service (DOS) to the BGSU Coverdell Fellows Program at
- Fulfill an internship which services an underserved U.S. community anywhere in the United States or in a U.S. Territory (e.g., Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands)
- Contribute to the Peace Corps' Third Goal by
participating in volunteer service opportunities in the Bowling
Green or the regional community. At least 10 hours of service are
expected from each Fellow each academic calendar year. A list of
recommended organizations to volunteer with is listed here.