Peace Corps Fellows


Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

The partnership between BGSU and the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program expanded to include Media and Communication graduate program in 2014. The School finds the global perspective and service orientation of Peace Corps a perfect fit for its scholarly emphasis and pedagogical mission.   

The M.A. and Ph.D. programs in the School of Media and Communication offer students a variety of options to aid them in their academic and professional pursuits. Coverdell Fellows will find our graduate programs particularly attractive for its strength in global communication. Our internationally renowned graduate faculty will help them put their Peace Corps experience into theoretical perspectives while adding additional knowledge and skills to propel their professional career upon completion of graduate study. Doctoral Fellows can be assured of their promising academic career prospect based on the excellent placement records of our doctoral program. The School has extensive experience of securing and supervising internships for both undergraduate and graduate students, with the same level of commitment it makes to academic excellence. Students who are pursuing an MA or Ph.D. in the School of Media and Communication can also earn a Graduate Certificate in International/Intercultural Communication or a Graduate Certificate in Social and Interactive Media as part of their graduate study.

Financial Aid

Scholarships and assistantships are available for Coverdell Fellows. For highly qualified Coverdell Fellows, a package of full tuition scholarship and graduate assistantship stipend is offered for their entire duration of study. The stipend for all graduate assistants in the School of Media and Communication is on par with other research institutions while the cost of living in the Bowling Green area is 15% below of the national average. In addition, Professional Development Fund is available to support research and conference activities. The School will also provide comfortable and technologically updated study areas and lounges for graduate students in our new facility scheduled to open in 2016.  

Curricular Support for Peace Corps Fellows

The school has on-going strong partnerships with multiple non-profit organizations in the region and highly rewarding internship opportunities in the organizations will be extended to Coverdell Fellows in the Graduate programs of the School of Media and Communication. Alternatively, Coverdell Fellows can secure an internship in an organization of their choosing and get approval. The internships must be with underserved population in the U.S. or its territories and will be supervised by a designated faculty to qualify for graduation credits.


Applicants for the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program should submit a signed Description of Service (DOS) statement to the School of Media and Communication. The rest of application process is the same for Coverdell Fellows as for other applicants. See the “Information for Prospective Students” page for detailed information.

For more information please visit: 

Graduate College Fellows Page
Web: Paul D. Coverdell Fellows of BGSU site




Dr. Catherine Cassara

Position: Associate Professor,
Journalism and Public Relations
Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program Coordinator,
School of Media and Communication
Phone: 419-372-3472
Address: 306 Kuhlin Center
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH, 43403