Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

photo of Sam Strauss
Eric Schacht, center, a Coverdell Fellow, pictured at Chitina, Alaska.

The School of Natural Resources and Extension welcomes and encourages returned Peace Corps volunteers in the Peace Corps 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 Science degree in Natural Resources Management or a Master of Natural Resources Management and Geography will help you master a specialty in a natural resources field and give you a chance to practice that specialty in a Peace Corps Fellows internship in an underserved community. Both degrees may be tailored to a student's interests and career goals so the curricula are very flexible. Students coming into the programs without sufficient backgrounds in the sciences or natural resources may need to take additional basic courses.

Some of the problems needs-based communities in Alaska face include maintaining adequate food resources for family subsistence, providing educational services, especially in small, remote communities or local schools, proper waste disposal in rural communities and technical assistance in natural resources management.

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 must be received by March 1st.

Please email Professor Susan Todd at for more information. We recommend that you select a SNRE faculty member who has similar interests to yours and establish a dialogue with him or her prior to applying to the program. Doing so can be very helpful in getting accepted into any graduate program.

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