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 fourteen 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.
  • In 2014, eight more Coverdell Progams were approved at BGSU: French; History; Interdisciplinary Gerontology; Media and Communication; Tourism, Leisure, and Event Planning; Technology Management; Learning Design (Education); and English with emphasis in TESOL (Teach English for Speakers of Other Languages).

As Coverdell programs, these BGSU graduate programs build upon RPCVs’ practical international experience and provide the opportunity to fulfill the third goal of the Peace Corps, which is to bring the knowledge and skills learned overseas to an internship experience within a community in the United States. In the French graduate program the Peace Corps Fellows will fulfill the internship experience by enrolling in a minimum of three credits of FREN 6890: Internship in French Studies. The internship experience allows RPCVs to work with a community that serves underrepresented individuals or groups within the U.S. context. Peace Corps Fellows can propose their own internship field experience or they can choose one of the organizations that have been identified by BGSU as serving the needs of the French-speaking population in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan, such as ACCESS in the Dearborn area, which oversees, among others, the Arab American National Museum, or the Masjid Saad Foundation in Toledo. Applicants interested in taking on an internship during the summer can contact the Haitian Diaspora Federation, which collaborates with several different organizations in order to provide support for Haitian refugees.

If you are a current Peace Corps volunteer who will complete service before the next academic year, or if you are a returned volunteer, your regular application to BGSU’s French graduate program also serves as your application to be a Coverdell Fellow. There is no extra application. Once admitted to the French program, volunteers must submit their Description of Service to certify successful completion of Peace Corps service.