Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

The College of Rural and Community Development’s Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development welcomes and encourages returned Peace Corps volunteers in the Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program. This is a wonderful way to continue your volunteer service while earning a higher degree.
The Peace Corps Fellows program advances the Peace Corps' third goal "to help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans," by developing and maintaining educational partnerships that place returned Peace Corps volunteers in internships in underserved U.S. communities. Through the internships, Peace Corps Fellows are able to use the knowledge and skills they developed during their overseas service to improve people's lives in the U.S. As Peace Corps Fellows, they earn graduate degrees while advancing their professional development for careers in a wide range of fields.
Pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Rural Development will help you develop skills in approaches to community development, leadership, management, and research among other areas and give you a chance to practice these skills in a Peace Corps Fellows internship through a community agency, local government, or non-profit organization. The degree may be tailored to a student's interests and career goals so the curricula are very flexible. Students coming into the program without a sufficient background or understanding of rural Alaska and Native peoples and cultures may need to take additional basic courses.
We have funding to offer one fellowship per year with a chance to compete for teaching assistantships or other funding in the second year.The fellowship is offered on a competitive basis. To be eligible to compete for the only funded fellowship, applications for the Rural Development MA Program must be received by March 15th and clearly indicate and expand upon the applicant’s interest in the Paul D. Coverdell Program.

For more information contact:

Jennifer Carroll, PhD.
Assistant Professor
Department of Alaska Native Studies & Rural Development
Phone: (907) 474-5405

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