Peace Corps

As an RPCV, you’ll receive attractive financial benefits at SPEA. In recognition of your volunteer service through Peace Corps, we’ll reduce your master’s traditional 48-credit hour design by 6 credit hours (3 credit hours for each year of service). We’ll also reduce your dual MPA/MSES by 6 credit hours from the standard 60-credit hour design. This means, as an RPCV, you’ll need to complete just 42 credit hours for the MPA or MSES degrees or 54 for the dual MPA/MSES degree. The experiential component, integral to all of SPEA’s master’s degrees, is also waived for RPCVs. This credit reduction results in a cost savings of more $6,800, depending on residency.

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On your SPEA application, be sure to check the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer box to be considered for a Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship—this offers financial incentives from $19,752 to $31,519.

The Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program supports Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) to continue their dedication to community service while pursuing a master’s degree at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University-Bloomington. Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows (PCCFs) at SPEA contribute to the civic and service needs of the community at large. This is achieved through an innovative collaboration among SPEA, Indiana University’s Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA), and valued community partners.


RPCVs are selected on a competitive basis during the merit-aid review process. Decisions are based upon the candidate’s academic record, letters of reference, personal statement and resume. To be considered for the program, submit your application for admission and requested materials no later than February 1 and check the appropriate box on your application. As a Federal Work Study Program, candidates must demonstrate eligibility via Free Application for Federal Student Aid qualification. Once designated as a Coverdell Fellow, students must maintain a cumulative 3.4 grade point average, maintain full-time enrollment, meet academic criteria, and adhere to all program guidelines.


Coverdell Fellows are invited to participate in SPEA’s Service Corps Program. In addition to working approximately 12 hours per week in a nonprofit or public agency, Coverdell Fellows attend professional development seminars each semester.

To complement their Service Corps responsibilities, Coverdell Fellows help to promote Peace Corps’ Third Goal by organizing and participating in events focused on the promotion of cultural awareness and by supporting Indiana University SPEA’s annual celebration of Peace Corps Week.


The greatest benefit of the Coverdell Fellows Program is the opportunity to further develop professional skills that articulate SPEA’s rigorous academic training. As a Coverdell Fellow, you also make valuable contributions to the community through your service while acquiring professional contacts to support your career pursuits.

Coverdell Fellows receive an attractive financial package that includes partial tuition remission and an hourly wage for your 12 hours/week serving in the community. These benefits for Coverdell Fellowship recipients are offered in addition to the 6-credit hour reduction offered to all RPCVS. In total, the total financial incentives over two years for Coverdell Fellows range from $19,752 to $31,519, based on residency status.

For more information:
Contact Meera Rajagopalan, Public Service Corps, or Camille Veri, Nonprofit Service Corps, at

SPEA is regularly on Peace Corps' Top College list for ranking among schools that produce the most Peace Corps volunteers in the nation.