The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program


The Master of Arts in Community Development Policy and Practice at the University of New Hampshire's Carsey School of Public Policy is proud to be a partner of the Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program. More than 700 alumni of UNH have entered the Peace Corps over the years, and we would like to offer them and all returned Peace Corps volunteers the opportunity to further their education and expand their impact, both 
overseas and domestically. The partnership builds on the University's international leadership and ties directly to 
UNH's Strategic Plan for 2020.


What do Coverdell Fellows gain from the master’s program?

The  Master of Arts in Community Development Policy and Practice program will prepare you for advanced policy- and practice-oriented work in the field of sustainable community development. The low-residency format allows students to maintain their professional careers while earning their graduate degree in 14 to 24 short months. The interdisciplinary nature of the program equips students with the substantive knowledge and practical skills required to analyze and diagnose the multidimensional challenges of sustainable development. Through a 14-month project of their own design, students are guided by experienced faculty in addressing the interconnected complexities found in every community. They engage with, and are inspired by fellow students who bring their work experience, professional networks, enthusiasm, and life stories to the classroom.

What makes our program unique? 

  • This interdisciplinary program offers courses across academic disciplines, especially the social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, and management.
  • It is an applied academic program with a variety of courses designed so students are exposed to and are provided with tools that are readily applicable to real-world situations.
  • An integral part of the program is the required, four-course project series where students learn and practice the theories and methodologies of project design, implementation, management, and monitoring & evaluation as they combine class work with on-the-ground projects that address iden­tified social and economic needs.
  • The master's program has a "blended /hybrid" format that is designed for working professionals with both in-person and online learning delivery platforms. It begins in early summer of each year when students travel to UNH's Durham campus for a few short weeks to engage with and learn from faculty members and fellow students in person. This is followed by fall, winter/January, and spring academic terms that are all delivered interactively online. Students then come back to UNH the following summer for another brief stay on campus to complete their degree. See examples of the course models by viewing the Program Structure.

What benefits does the master’s program offer to Coverdell Fellows? 

  • Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who enroll via the Coverdell Fellows program will receive a $4,000 tuition scholarship award with the potential to receive up to an additional $4,000 award based upon financial need (application form below), covering over 25% of the total tuition costs for both in-state and out-of-state applicants.  These scholarships will be awarded in equal amounts over the first four terms of the master’s program.  Fellows can choose to complete their master’s degree in 14 or 24 months.
  • To apply for the Coverdell Fellows scholarship, please complete and submit the online application form by March 31st:

How can Coverdell Fellows be part of the master’s program?

  • Apply to the Master of Arts in Community Development Policy and Practice program:  Application to the program takes place online via the UNH Graduate School application page. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but there is a March 15 deadline for a start in May of the same year. Application requirements include a completed online application form, a $65 application fee (waived if currently serving in the Peace Corps), an undergraduate degree, academic transcript(s), three letters of recommendation, an up-to-date resume, and a personal statement of the applicant’s relevant past experiences, including academics, research, and/or work experience. The personal statement should also include an expression of interests and an explanation of the student’s goals in pursuing a master's degree. Coverdell Fellow applicants should state their RPCV status and their interest in enrolling through the Coverdell Fellows program in their personal statement.
  • Apply for the Coverdell Fellows Scholarship:  Returned Peace Corps Volunteers should complete the Online Scholarship Application Form to be considered for this scholarship by March 31st. Applicants will be notified of their total award within two to three weeks.

Who should Coverdell Fellows get in touch with for any questions or clarifications?

Sanjeev Sharma
Program Manager
603-862-1871 (phone)
603-862-3878 (fax)