Eligibility Requirements

The Coverdell Fellowship is only available to returned Peace Corps volunteers who have satisfactorily completed their service. Admission to an NYU graduate program does not guarantee funding or a position in the NYU Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowship. You cannot receive the fellowship if you have yet to join Peace Corps nor can you begin your studies while still serving as a volunteer.

Most returned volunteers are considered eligible for the fellowship. If you are unsure of your status, the following guidelines may help:

  • "Satisfactory completion" means one of the following applies to you:
    • You completed the full two-year tour of Peace Corps service or, if you returned home on emergency leave, the full tour minus up to 90 days.
    • You were granted “Early Close of Service” or “Interrupted Service” status due to circumstances beyond your control.
    • You were medically separated as a volunteer.
  • If you still have questions about your status, please contact the Coverdell Fellows' office in Washington, D.C., at 800-424-1440, ext. 1440 or 202-692-1440, or fellows@peacecorps.gov.

How To Apply

The Coverdell Fellowship selection process is competitive. A limited number of fellowships are available each year, and availability varies. Admission to an NYU graduate program does not guarantee funding or a position in the NYU Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowship. There is no separate application for the Coverdell Fellowship. If you wish to be considered for fellowship, you must apply directly to the specific school/institute and submit your application the school deadline or by January 15th, whichever is first.

You will be asked to upload a copy of your official Peace Corps Description of Service (DOS) to your application. If you are a currently serving PCV, then please submit a signed letter from your Peace Corps Country Director indicating that you are currently a PCV, with your expected completion date. Please note that you will be asked to submit your DOS as soon as it becomes available.

Applicants who are interested in part-time or online programs will not be accepted as Coverdell Fellows. NYU Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowship recipients are required to be full-time master’s-degree students for at least the first year of the fellowship appointment. All Fellows must begin their program during the Fall semester.

For general inquiries about the NYU Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowship, please email PeaceCorpsAdmissions-group@nyu.edu. To learn more about the admissions process at our participating schools, please click on the links below. For school-specific questions, please send inquiries to the PeaceCorpsAdmissions-group@nyu.edu email and address it to the relevant party listed below: