Penn State and SIA Coverdell Fellows

Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

The Penn State School of International Affairs is proud to help returned Peace Corps volunteers, like you, build on their international experience through a world-class graduate education in the global issues that shape the work of the Peace Corps around the world.

Financial Support for Coverdell Fellows

Your grit, your determination, and your international experience make you a prime candidate for SIA. As a partner institution with the Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, we provide a minimum scholarship of 25% off the cost of tuition and mandatory fees in each year of the two-year program to students who are admitted to the program as Coverdell Fellows.

Peace Corps volunteers can also receive an application fee waiver (contact the Admissions Office to get a fee waiver code BEFORE submitting your application).

Other Benefits

Benefit from our intimate, small classroom setting that allows for extensive and direct interaction with expert faculty on issues ranging from development policy and dispute resolution to humanitarian response and human rights. Our comprehensive core curriculum and choice of concentrations will give returned Peace Corps volunteers the skills they need to become global leaders while allowing them to shape their education based on their interests and passions.

Take advantage of the breadth of Penn State’s learning opportunities as part of your degree, with full access to advisers who will work with you to find electives from across the University’s academic units to suit your educational path.

Benefit from a 93.8% average placement rate (since 2013), making an SIA education a gateway to a great global career.

Get practical experience by assisting underserved communities in the United States through internships with local and community organization.

We welcome all Peace Corps volunteers to apply. For more information, please contact the SIA Admissions Office.

Michael Sanders

“I joined the Peace Corps in 2016 to gain international experience and fortify my credentials for future masters studies. In 2020, I was accepted into the Penn State School of International Affairs and it was everything I needed in a graduate program. For fellow RPCVs, Penn State School of International Affairs is a great community and wonderful place to continue the education you began during your service.”

Mike Sanders, Class of 2022, Peace and Development Analyst, United Nations Resident Coordinator's Office-Comoros